CNVR28 | 24.07.2014
format: CDR | packaging: digipack
duration: 40 minutes, 2 tracks
limited to 60 numbered copies
MURAL - Tempera
01 - part I
02 - part II
Jim Denley - saxophone, flutes
Ingar Zach - percussion
Kim Myhr - acoustic guitars
recorded at M.O.S. Soundlab, Madrid, october 2011 by Miguel Angel Tolosa
Kim Myhr (born 1981) is an active voice of the creative music scene in Norway, both as a composer and as a guitarist, with frequent performances throughout Europe, Australia, Asia and North- as well as South-America. Myhr's first solo record was released march 2014. His solo music explores the acoustic possibilities of the 12-string guitar, and can remind the listener of early music of Ligeti and of Morton Feldman, but it also contains an energy and simplicity similar to american folk music. As a composer, Myhr wrote "stems and cages" for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in 2009, a large ensemble including Sidsel Endresen, Christian Wallumrød, Jim Denley among others. The music was released on the CD "stems and cages" in 2010, and recieved wide critical acclaim. Kim wrote another piece for the orchestra for the 2012 Ultima festival called "In the end his voice will be the sound of paper", this time featuring the voice of Jenny Hval. Myhr works frequently with dance, notably writing music for productions by italian choreographer Francesco Scavetta, and in 2014 a new collaboration with dancer Orfee Schuijt. Kim is one third of MURAL, a trio with australian wind player Jim Denley and percussionist Ingar Zach. They have worked together since 2007, and have released two CDs; the last one "Live at the Rothko Chapel", is a documentation of a continuing relationship with the Rothko Chapel in Houston. In april 2013, MURAL played a four hour long concert there, which is planned to be released in 2014 as a 3CD-box set.
Jim Denley is considered one of Australia’s foremost improvisers of new music. He was born in 1957 in the town of Bulli, New South Wales. He began playing violin at age 5, then took up piano, and by age eleven was playing flute. He studied the instrument at the NSW Conservatorium, and after leaving school played jazz and commercial music to earn a living. By the late 1970s he was composing music, and a decade later he began working in an improvisational mode and to integrate his voice into his instrumental work. Also in the 1980s he studied the shakuhachi flute music of Japan, whose style places a great emphasis on the momentary and the moment. Denley has worked extensively in Great Britain and Europe, and while much of his work is collaborative, he has also performed as a soloist throughout his career.
Ingar Zach, born in 1971 in Oslo, is one of Norway’s most recognized percussionists, and has participated on almost fifty CD-releases. He is the leader of the acclaimed quartet “Dans les Arbres”, whose recent ECM-release made the WIRE magazine write: “Dans les arbres must be one of the finest ECM Improv releases – indeed, releases from any label – in recent years.” Zach studied musicology at the University in Oslo, and held a residency at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, where he developed his interest in improvisation. In 2003 he was awarded a master of Chamber Music from Oslo’s Music Academy, where his was the first master’s ever given in Norway for an all-improvised repertoire. Zach is known for his wide range of percussion sounds and his innovative instrumentation. He has performed in major festivals throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada.
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