Arve Henriksen Cartography on 180g 2LP
The uniquely lyrical, liquid and mellifluous sound of Arve Henriksen's trumpet has had an important supportive role to play on a number of ECM recordings. Amongst them – Christian Wallumrød's No Birch, Sofienberg Variations, A Year from Easter and The Zoo is Far, Trygve Seim's Different Rivers, The Source and Different Cikadas and Sangam, Jon Balke's Kyanos, Sinikka Langeland's Starflowers, Frode Haltli's Passing Images, Arild Andersen's Elektra...albums which between them represent a very broad range of musical possibilities.
In each context, however, Henriksen has proven to be both a highly-distinctive and uncommonly adaptive player. This versatility provides a subtext for the present 2008 album, which pools a shifting cast of creative musicians from diverse genres including jazz, electronica, ambient and classical music and the world of the remix. Ex-pop singer David Sylvian makes two appearances reading his own texts, Ana Maria Friman sings fragments of William Brooks's "Anima Mea" and the voices of the Trio Mediaeval emerge, sampled, on "recording Angel." Guitarist Eivind Aarset, and drummer Audun Kleive loom out of the mix, and Ståle Storløkken, Arve's colleague from the noise/rock/improv band Supersilent, has a cameo on "Famine's Ghost."
Cartography, the art of making maps, is an apt title. Recorded in the studio and in concert in Kristiansand, Oslo, Cologne and London it is almost a map of moods, of landscapes and soundscapes for Henriksen to explore. His trumpet floats and hovers over ever-changing territory.
"Over the last few years," says Henriksen, "I've been trying to find ways of playing that feel right for me and areas of music that interest me enough to keep returning to them. And I've been feeling uncomfortable with the idea of ending up playing ‘improvised jazz'. This album is part of a process of going back to go further. For more than twenty years electronics have been part of what I do, and the collaboration with Jan Bang and Erik Honoré has been inspirational. I like very much their way of bringing together acoustic instrument and electronics, their way of building and combining elements, sometimes from different places and times."
Cartography belongs to an alternative tradition of music making that includes improvisation and sound-sculpturing, dubs and remixing and awareness of ambience.
Arve Henriksen: trumpets, voice, field recordings
Jan Bang: live sampling, beats, dictaphone, programming
Audun Kleive; percussion
David Sylvian: voice, samples, programming
Helge Sunde: string arrangements, programming
Eivind Aarset: guitars
Lars Danielsson: double-bass
Erik Honoré: synthesizer, samples
Arnaud Mercier: treatments
Trio Mediaeval: voice sample
Vérène Andronikof: vocals
Vytas Sonndeckis: vocal arrangement