The group first came together at Oslo's Royal Academy of Music, where for two years the players would meet each week for exploratory music making. Stronen: "We always played freely- drifting between elements of contemporary classical music, folk music, jazz, whatever we were inspired by. Sometimes the music was very quiet and minimalistic: playing together generated some special experiences."
The spontaneous spirit of the music is reflected in the trio's debut recording, which was made at the Lugano radio studio and produced by Manfred Eicher. With the exception of the title piece, based on a traditional Norwegian tune, the music on Bayou was collectively created in the moment.
Ayumi Tanaka: piano
Marthe Lea: clarinet, vocals, percussion
Thomas Strønen: drums, percussion
- Bayou II
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