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Arne Hiorth

Arne Hiorth is an experienced musician, composer , producer, teacher and project coordinator. ...... Hiorth has worked with top acts in Norway, like Mari Boine, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Anja Garbarek , Oslo Groove Company  (Spellemann Award for Jazz 1990). Released his first solo album in 2004 , 7 Oliphaunt Images , including top musicians like Eivind Aarset, Kjetil Bjerkestrand and Hallgrim Bratberg . Other cd's: the christmas  album Snow ( 2007) with Helge Nysted , and Loops and Bridges (2010) with singer/songwriter Oddrun Eikli.




Since 2005 he has been working on the project

!Khwa ttu – music that floats form afar

-      which  is now being released here at gubemusic.


During one of his many visits in Cape Town , he was shown a CD called Quii- The First People , released on Arc Music ltd. Quii is a kind  of cd sampler of original and traditional San music …. weird to listen to , but intriguing in many ways: polyrythmic grooves , yodling – like singing on blue scales , strange vocal pitches.

Hiorth has since then spent many years  in letting this music grow in his home studio, and look for ways of wrapping grooves and themes in a more western soundscape , without loosing the original itch in the music.

Imminent in this process has been Eivind Aarset , whose layers of guitars, basses and electronics always seems to add more truth and soul  to a project , and  drummer Ottar Nesje , with his long experience with african  grooves . Kjetil Bjerkestrand has added innovative synth layers,Oddrun Eikli  has added airy vocals , and  the African singers  Sepanya Mahlangu and Tebogo Tshotetsi , the latter from the San people, are responsible for the true african soul in the songs. The rest of the programming and all the trumpets are by Arne Hiorth.

Recordings has been made on mobile equipment  in Pretoria and  in the musician’s studios in Oslo .

The cover art is  created and designed by Axel Weiss.

!Khwa ttu ( ”water pan ” in the san language )  is also a cultural center for San organisations in  South Africa , and they have taken part in the development of the cover art of the production, and stands behind the music on this cd, which they call Bushman’s Blues.

The project is also supported by NOPA , NCA and  Fond For Utøvende Kunstnere

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!Khwa ttu - based on a groove from an ostrich dance
Eaga - calls between settlements

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Review by Terje Mosnes (English translation)


Arne Hiorth: Exciting versions  of the world's oldest music.


FOR SIX YEARS trumpeter Arne Hiorth has worked on a project briefly described as  creating music based on traditional grooves, clap rhythms and vocal themes from the San people in Southern Africa - the world's oldest indigenous people.

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Review by Terje Mosnes , Dagbladet


ARNE HIORTH: Spennende versjoner og videreføringer av verdens eldste musikk.

I seks år har trompeteren Arne Hiorth holdt på med et prosjekt som i korthet har gått ut på å lage musikk basert på tradisjonelle groover, klapperytmer og vokaltemaer fra San-folket i det sørlige Afrika — verdens eldste urbefolkning.

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