Tord Gustavsen with Simin Tander & Jarle Vespestad

  • Friday 26 May 2017 - 7.30pm
  • The Stoller Hall
  • £20, £16*

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  • Tord Gustavsen piano
    Simin Tander vocals
    Jarle Vespestad drums

Tord Gustavsen’s trio project, performing music from 2015 album ‘What Was Said’, builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad, introduces the entrancing German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and, alongside new compositions and improvisations, explores the tradition of Norwegian church music in an untraditional manner.  “Simin and I have been working with an Afghan poet,” Gustavsen explains, “translating and shaping a selection of hymns that I grew up with in Norway into Pashto.”

Outside the limits of language and as interplay of sounds, the combination of the intimacy of Tander’s Voice, Gustavsen’s melodically inventive piano and discreet electronics, and Vespestad’s patient, textural drumming has an emotional persuasiveness of its own.  “Of course to me it’s a dual intention.  This is a devotional project, and the way in which the words transcend the boundaries between forms and traditions is important for me. But it’s also fully ok to approach it as a pure musical experience.”

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