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Albums by Ola Kvernberg

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1
Liarbird Liarbird 9:09    
Album only
Track length:9:09
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Author: Ola Kvernberg
Performer: Ola Kvernberg - violin
Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals
Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones
Mathias Eick on trumpet,
Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics
Ole Morten Vågan - doublebass
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Erik Nylander - drums
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Oceansound - Giske Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
ISRC: NOWAJ 11 23 010
2
Boog Boog 9:44    
Album only
Track length:9:44
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Author: Ola Kvernberg
Performer: Ola Kvernberg - violin
Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals
Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones
Mathias Eick on trumpet,
Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics
Ole Morten Vågan - doublebass
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Erik Nylander - drums
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Oceansound - Giske Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
ISRC: NOWAJ 11 23 020
3
Boun`Amina Boun`Amina 9:48    
Album only
Track length:9:48
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Author: Ola Kvernberg
Performer: Ola Kvernberg - violin
Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals
Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones
Mathias Eick on trumpet,
Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics
Ole Morten Vågan - doublebass
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Erik Nylander - drums
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Oceansound - Giske Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
ISRC: NOWAJ 11 23 030
4
Wintermelon Wintermelon 7:53    
Album only
Track length:7:53
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Author: Ola Kvernberg
Performer: Ola Kvernberg - violin
Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals
Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones
Mathias Eick on trumpet,
Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics
Ole Morten Vågan - doublebass
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Erik Nylander - drums
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Oceansound - Giske Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
ISRC: NOWAJ 11 23 040
5
Vilje Vilje 6:18    
Album only
Track length:6:18
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Author: Ola Kvernberg
Performer: Ola Kvernberg - violin
Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals
Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones
Mathias Eick on trumpet,
Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics
Ole Morten Vågan - doublebass
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Erik Nylander - drums
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Oceansound - Giske Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
ISRC: NOWAJ 11 23 050
6
Olero Olero 8:01    
Album only
Track length:8:01
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Author: Ola Kvernberg
Performer: Ola Kvernberg - violin
Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals
Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones
Mathias Eick on trumpet,
Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics
Ole Morten Vågan - doublebass
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Erik Nylander - drums
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Oceansound - Giske Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
ISRC: NOWAJ 11 23 060
7
Cobb Cobb 9:03    
Album only
Track length:9:03
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Author: Ola Kvernberg
Performer: Ola Kvernberg - violin
Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals
Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones
Mathias Eick on trumpet,
Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics
Ole Morten Vågan - doublebass
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Erik Nylander - drums
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Oceansound - Giske Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
ISRC: NOWAJ 11 23 070
8
Spannung Spannung 6:11    
Album only
Track length:6:11
Artist: Ola Kvernberg
Author: Ola Kvernberg
Performer: Ola Kvernberg - violin
Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals
Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones
Mathias Eick on trumpet,
Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics
Ole Morten Vågan - doublebass
Torstein Lofthus - drums
Erik Nylander - drums
Genre: Jazz
Studio: Recorded at Oceansound - Giske Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim
Composer: Ola Kvernberg
ISRC: NOWAJ 11 23 080
Digital booklet Album only

 

Ola Kvernberg, violin impresario par excellence, returns to Jazzland with yet another astounding album: Liarbird.

The album effortlessly moves between moments of serene beauty and raucous full-on jams, at times almost ambient in texture, at times sounding like a drunken night of revelry.

The division between composition and improvisation is often blurred, with moments of unison emerging and disappearing unexpectedly, all the time carrying the music forward to new heights.

Developed from an original live concept by Kvernberg, Liarbird follows a structure based on movements, creating a conceptual whole rather than a selection of individual pieces. The intensity of the album increases with each subsequent track, but “intensity” is not merely a term used here to describe increases in boisterous energy; rather, it describes the feeling within each track.

Kvernberg’s violin is obviously to the fore, but never exclusively dominant. Instead, it acts like a guide for the music to follow, leading it through the uncharted territories between free jazz and compositional expertise, with sparse moments of haunting beauty and large walls of full band sound. Minimalist compositional techniques are given a new setting, allowing an unparalleled line-up of musicians to move freely. Accompanying Kvernberg are Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola and vocals, Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones and vocals, Mathias Eick on trumpet, Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone, flutonette, and vocals, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics, and vocals, Ole Morten Vågan on double bass and vocals, Erik Nylander and Torstein Lofthus on drums and percussion.

The opening track, the eponymous “Liarbird” sets the album’s agenda perfectly, with languid notes and elongated harmonies alongside chattering percussion and exquisite soloing. “Boog” creates a kind of Macedonian atmosphere, using exotic scales and obtuse instrumentation, building into a kind of free jazz horo. “Boun’Amina” begins with a clearly improvisational character, although not necessarily existing outside composition, using extended string instrument techniques. It evolves into a kind of shambolic military march, with elements of classic New Orleans jazz ingredients. “Wintermelon” comes in with an utterly different attitude, like classic cool jazz on one hand, bebop on the other, while the feet are almost ready to make their way to the nearest disco; yet the free jazz ethos in never far away. “Vilje” begins with sedate bass, moving towards a chamber ensemble sound. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful pieces of music to grace the Jazzland catalog, and is certainly a highpoint in Kvernberg’s already exemplary career. “Olero” enters with a near discordant pulse, before breaking into a stumbling journey through Middle Eastern vibes and classical overtones. “Cobb” strides in with bravado, a strong beat, strong melodies and harmonies at the fore, and fast becomes a full-throttle improvisational workout. But it retains a DNA structure found throughout the album. “Spannung” brings the album to a close, with broad yet deep structures, and a more distilled sense of the album’s overarching structural intentions. Little motifs abound throughout the album, with each track echoing the others in some way. The unity of each part with the others is unmistakeable.

"Ola Kvernberg  has composed a musical masterpiece" said Norwegian concert critic Pia F. Eriksen after Liarbird's performance at Molde Jazzfestival 2010. Allaboutjazz.com critic John Kelman called the same concert "positively nuclear" and listed it among his best live shows of 2010. Norwegian critic Terje Mosnes from Dagbladet followed up with a 6/6 stars review after the group's third performance in Oslo, January 2011.

Liarbird follows its live ancestry with equal determination, invention and craftsmanship.

 

Personel:

Ola Kvernberg - violin

Bergmund Waal Skaslien - viola and vocals

Eirik Hegdal on soprano, sopranino and baritone saxophones and vocals

Mathias Eick on trumpet

Håkon Kornstad on tenor saxophone,flutonette, and vocals

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on double bass, electric bass, electronics, and vocals

Ole Morten Vågan on double bass and vocals,

Erik Nylander - drums and percussion

Torstein Lofthus on drums and percussion.

 

Recorded at Oceansound - Giske

Mixed and mastered by Morten Stendahl at Redroom Studios - Trondheim

 

2011 Jazzland

About Ola Kvernberg:

Ola Kvernberg grew up in a musical family, playing the fiddle in the folk music tradition of his mom and granddad. Studying classical and folk music from age 6, he discovered jazz music at age 16 and has since then pursued his interest in improvised music. Ola is one of Europes finest violin jazzplayers.