Losen Records: New Norwegian Sounds
Acunã / Hoff / Mathisen
Barxeta by percussionst Alex Acuna, keyboard- player Jan Gunnar Hoff and bassist Per Mathisen holds a special place in the Losen Records catalog. It is the first album that was recorded in Studio Berxata in Valancia, Spain, and it represents a new direction for the label.
While having a distinctive Norwegian touch, Losen Records has also pushed the boundaries of genres and the label has been involved in many collaborations and cross-cultural meetings. In that sense, the building of the new studio represents a natural step in an evolution that makes Losen Records a truly cosmopolitan label without severing the ties to the mother country.
Barxeta is a fusion record in the truest sense of the word. Bouncing Latin rhythms and cool Nordic lyricism is brought together. Here is heated vocoder-funk on "Abogat Funk" and subtle exotic sounds and creamy bass on "Western Winds."
The band easily travels from Cuba ("Havana Drive") to Balkan ("Belarus"), but through it all their trademark is a delicate mix of world rhythms and funky beats united with an unmistakable lyricism. It is smooth music, but not without an edge. Like Losen Records, Berxeta represents a sound that is constantly on its way and yet rooted in a Nordic sensibility. It's a new Norwegian sound of cosmopolitism and collaboration where the sense of tradition and place is firmly intact.
Tracks and Personnel
Norwegian Song 3
Tracks: De nære ting / Close At Heart; Astrid mi Astrid / Astrid My Astrid; Dialog / Dialogue; Pål sine høner / Paul On The Hillside; En morgen på Vareggen / A Morning On Vareggen´s Summit; I balladetone / Ballad; Den norske dalevise 2 / Norwegian Valley Song 2; God natt / Good Night; Dansende blomst / Dancing Flower; Pausesignalet / The Interval Signal.
Personnel: Dag Arnesen: piano; Ellen Andrea Wang: bass; Pål Thowsen: drums.
Tracks: As Before; Never Say; I Could; A Thought; I´ll Be Leaving; Lament For A Lost Maiden; A While; Snowflakes; My Voice.
Personnel: Olga Konkova: piano, acoustic sound effects; Wenche Losnegård: voice; Per Hillestad: drums, percussion (1, 2, 4, 5, 6); Paolo Vinaccia: percussion (9); Knut Hem: acoustic sound effects (2).
Tracks: Canto de Ossanha; Corcovado/Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars; Sempre Mangueira; Consolação; Leva e Traz; Folhas Secas; Dindí; Lua Soberana; Mar e Sol; Saidas e Bandeiras; Samba do Avião/Song of the Jet; Dança do Tucano; A Felicidade; Bim Bom; Tarde em Itapu.
Personnel: Wenche Gausdal: vocal; Dag Arnesen: piano, keyboards, background vocals (1, 3, 5, 15); Ole Thomsen: guitars; Sigurd Ulveseth: electric bass, background vocals (3, 15); Celio de Carvalho: berimbau, percussion, background vocals (1, 3, 5, 15); Frank Jakobsen: drums, percussion; Geir Luedy: guitar (6), background vocals (15); Eli Lotterloh: background vocals (1, 3, 5, 8, 15).
The Skopje Connection Meets Ernst Reijseger
Tracks: Giovanni da Nembro; Branko, Branko, Branko; Gotcha; Marsh na V ´nka; One Legged Tango; Zlust; Outskirts; Love Song 2; Tiny Waltz; Kas Kas; The Old Man and the Seal; Midnight Rooster; Gjotzville 2
Personnel: Dzijan Emin: French horn, melodica; Luca Aquino trumpet, flugelhorn; Georgi Sareski: guitar; Ernst Reijseger: cello.
The Rainbow Band Sessions
Tracks: Bedrocks Inn; The Wizard; Lopsided; Going for a Burton; My Sketchy Spanish; Off Minor; One Last Waltz; Longing.
Personnel: John Surman: baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone; Erlend Slettevoll: piano; Jan Erik Kongshaug: guitar; Stig Hvalrygg: bass; Frode Nymo: alto saxophone (1, 2, 4, 5); Håvard Fossum: alto saxophone (3, 6-8), tenor saxophone (1, 4, 5); Knut Riisnæs: tenor saxophone and flute (2, 3, 6, 8); Atle Nymo: tenor saxophone (7); Roy Nikolaisen: trumpet (2, 3, 5-8); Marius Haltli: trumpet (1, 4); Jørgen Gjerde: trombone (3); Andreas Bye: drums (1, 3- 5); Roger Johansen: drums (2, 6-8).
Tracks: Hymn to the Stillness; Ambrosia; Wall View; Circle; Balance in three parts (Pending, Extremely Awake, In Limbo); Grand; Homage; Enamor; Michael Collins.
Personnel: Hildegunn Øiseth: trumpet; Eyolf Dale: piano (2, 3, 6, 8); Torbjørn Dyrud: piano (1, 4, 7, 9); Mats Eilertsen: bass; Thomas Strønen: drums.
Tracks: Child´s Play; Snowboarding Down Gaustatoppen Summit ; Arabian Blue; Hey Baby, Hey; Boy; Sad Latino Boy; Twittering After Myllarguten; Spring In Bondal; Proposal Song; Engagement Samba; My Wedding Waltz; Baptism Song; The Tuddal Express; Frank´s Tango; Arctic Skyway.
Personnel: Frank Kvinge: acoustic steel string guitar.