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Rumi Songs

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Rumi Songs
Rumi Songs


Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim sets the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), using the inspired contemporary English-language versions of Coleman Barks and Kabir Helminski as his source texts. Seim responds both to the musicality of the translations and to Rumi's gifts as a storyteller and with Rumi Songs seems to have invented a new kind of Lieder with a Nordic-Oriental orientation. The line-up is strikingly unorthodox, with each of the quartet members bringing their own musical personalities to the material. Classical mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad is well-known as the leader of her own ensemble Music For A While, and for her numerous music-theatre collaborations with Christoph Mathaler. She finds an intimate tone to convey Rumi's thoughts, underlined by the elegant arrangements and the improvisational input of Seim, accordionist Frode Haltli and cellist Svante Henryson. Trygve Seim made an immediate impact with his ECM leader debut Different Rivers which won the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik as Album of the Year in 2001. Since then he has been heard on more than 20 ECM albums including Sangam with his large ensemble, on recordings with the collective The Source, in duos with Frode Haltli and with Andreas Utnem, with Jacob Young's group, and more. Currently he is omnipresent, appearing also with Mats Eilertsen's septet on Rubicon, with Iro Haarla and symphony orchestra on Ante Lucem, and with Sinikka Langeland and Trio Mediaeval on The Magical Forest, as well as his own Rumi Songs. Personnel: Tora Augestad (vocal), Trygve Seim (saxophones), Frode Haltli (accordion), Svante Henryson (violoncello)


  1. Name
  2. In Your Beauty
  3. Seeing Double
  4. Across The Doorsill
  5. The Guest House
  6. Leaving My Self
  7. When I See Your Face
  8. Like Every Other Day
  9. The Drunk And The Madman
  10. Whirling Rhythms
  11. There Is Some Kiss We Want
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