Nils Henrik Asheim: Hornflowers
Today, beauty and truth appear almost as opposites truths are disputed and dismantled, while reality can come across as anything but beautiful. The works on this release, performed by the NyNorsk Brass Quintet, are also full of contradictions.
Collected fragments, sounds, patterns, words, and dichotomies are utilized as building blocks, freed from their original context and strung together in surprising and powerful constellations.
Asheim has also given several of the pieces oxymoronic titles, like "Burning Ice", "Singing Stones", and "Scream Soft", and by this invites the listener to reflect upon differences of opinion and improbable compilations.
The brass instruments occupy and explore spaces we do not normally hear them occupy undressed and playful and their obvious natural place and inclusion in these constructions is both astonishing and liberating. It is precisely in the surprises, in the contrasts, in the distance between the building blocks and the grout that holds them together, that the uniqueness and tactility of this music is revealed.
In this way, Asheim creates his own musical lyricism where beauty and truth are exposed through contradictions and improbabilities.
- Nils Henrik Asheim: Singing Stones (2017)
- Hornflowers (2019)
- Burning Ice (1999)
- Scream Soft (2002)
- Griegs Akkord (1993/2007)
- Hornflowers (Instrumental Version) (2019)
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