Tanaka has spoken of seeking associative connections between Japan and Norway in her improvising, a tendency Strønen seems to be encouraging with his space-conscious writing for the ensemble, letting in more light.
As on the group's eponymously-titled and critically-lauded debut album there are excellent contributions from the string players the quintet effectively contains both a string trio and a piano trio and Manfred Eicher's production brings out all the fine detail in the grain of the collective sound and the halo of its overtones, captured in the famously-responsive acoustic of Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo in March 2017.
Personnel: Ayumi Tanaka (piano), Håkon Aase (violin), Lucy Railton (violoncello), Ole Morten Vågan (double bass), Thomas Strønen (drums, percussion)
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