Live - With Arve Henriksen And Maja S.K Ratkje (2CD)


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Electronic, Jazz
Stoney Lane Records
June 30, 2017

Format: Compact Disc



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This is a Limited Edition 'Gonimoblast Live' double live album by Gonimoblast featuring striking guest performances from leading Norwegian vocalist Maja S.K Ratkje and renowned trumpeter Arve Henriksen.

Made up by four of the UK's most noteworthy musical experimenters, Mapp formed Gonimoblast with the simple design of working with friends and great musicians to explore improvisation with electronics. Gonimoblast Live - recorded on two consecutive nights in Birmingham in November 2015 - is the culmination of several years of the band performing together, where it is almost impossible to hear where one musician's sound ends and another begins, creating a sonic patchwork of depth, intrigue, noise and beauty.

Joining Mapp, drummer Mark Sanders, keys player Dan Nicholls and electronic wizard Leafcutter John, Disc One features special guest Maja S.K Ratkje. Having seen her solo performance at Punkt Festival in 2013, Chris was inspired to find a way to work with her, with Gonimoblast Live being their debut performance together. Maja's beautiful voice, open approach and use of electronic processing guides the music from oscillator explorations to a joyous, apocalyptic finale. The second disc brings the quartet together with leading experimental light, trumpeter and vocalist Arve Henriksen. One of the most recognisable names from Norway's improvised music scene, Arve was a natural choice to guest with Gonimoblast ? his acclaimed ensemble Supersilent helping to inspire and shape the genesis of the band.

Limited to just 408 double CD albums, Gonimoblast Live features original artwork by artist Tom Tebby, with each unique individual album screen-printed, hand painted by the artist and assembled by hand. It is the eighth release from Birmingham-based Stoney Lane Records.

Leafcutter John / electronics, light interface, music box, vocals;
Chris Mapp / bass and electronics;
Dan Nicholls / keys, synths;
Mark Sanders / drums, cymbals, percussion;
Maja S.K Ratkje / voice, electronics, oscillator and things (Disc 1)
Arve Henriksen / trumpet, pocket trumpet, vocals, electronics (Disc 2)

Press Quotes

"Chris Mapp’s Gonimoblast and Arve Henriksen burst out of the sonic darkness ... this was a towering performance."


"It's electronica, but with plenty of mood-swinging clout." ***

The Guardian

"Both sets are object lessons of how to listen to other musicians while improvising."

The Wire

"... highly original and strongly impressive."


"... a lovely, unexpected musical event ... a rich ensemble sound ... a striking package, an art object in its own right."

All About Jazz

"This double live album is a plateau from which to view the group's dizzying progress ... Live is an impressive and satisfying integration of supposed opposites: tonal and textural, sonic and musical, electronic and acoustic, composition and improvisation. It's slow burning 21st-century music for a time of ceaseless noise."

London Jazz News

"Definitely worth an investment."

Dalston Sound

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number SLR1966
Barcode 5052442010906
Number of items 2
Packaging type Slip Sleeve
Imported No
Weight 56g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 128mm x 6mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Part I 09:30
2. Part II 15:59
3. Part III 10:34
4. Part IV 08:41
5. Part V 09:22
6. Part VI 12:07

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. Part I 10:21
2. Part II 05:21
3. Part III 04:43
4. Part IV 07:40
5. Part V 14:18
6. Part VI 15:08