Christian Wallumrød Ensemble Harlem in the Himalayas
Part of the ECM CD Release Concert Mini-Series
The ensemble of Christian Wallumrød continues to evolve in its own idiosyncratic way on the new album Outstairs. By now, Wallumrød’s compositional signature is instantly recognizable. Nobody else writes pieces like this – multi-dimensional chamber music inspired by the sonorities of Norwegian folk and church music, influenced by early music and the post-Cage avant-garde, and liberated by jazz’s freedom of thought. This time around, the ensemble members share the arranging credits between them, making the music still more organic and flexible as new sound combinations emerge.
With Christian Wallumrød on piano, harmonium, and toy piano, Eivind Lønning on trumpet, Gjermund Larsen on violin, hardanger fiddle, and viola, Espen Reinertsen on tenor saxophone, Tove Törngren on cello, Per Oddvar Johansen on drums and vibraphone.
This concert is made possible with support from:
Arts Council Norway (Kulturrådet)
SPECIAL CD RELEASE MINI-SERIES WITH ECM RECORDS
On three consecutive weeks in June the Rubin Museum of Art presents a mini-series of CD-launch concerts featuring artists from the ECM label. The musicians each stretch the boundaries of jazz in their unique ways and each evening promises compelling listening in its own right.
On June 7th, Romanian pianist-composer Lucian Ban and US violist Mat Maneri will perform a program of self-penned ballads, blues, hymns, spirituals and abstract improvisations the whole informed by the twin traditions of jazz and European chamber music. Bassist Gary Peacock and pianist Marilyn Crispell share an extensive history and will play music from their first recorded duo disc on June 14th. And finally, on June 21st, Norway’s Christian Wallumrød Ensemble – making its New York debut – will perform multi-dimensional chamber music highlighting Wallumrød’s singular compositional style.