Reviews that mention Håkon Aase

October 6, 2018

Sigurd Hole Trio

Encounters
Elvesang 002

Frode Haltli

Avant Folk

Hubro HUBRO 3604

Two Norwegian bands concentrate on what one of them defines as avant-folk music, still using traditional instruments, but permeating traditional or ersatz-traditional air with tropes more closely associated with Free Music. Offbeat, but not foolproof, the realization appears to depend on the liveliness of the resulting sounds rather than the concept itself.

For example the tunes composed or adopted for Avant Folk by accordionist Frode Haltli, known for his work with Trygve Seim and Maja S.K.Ratkje – this CD’s his co-producer – blends timbres from modern instruments such as synthesizer, saxophone, trumpet, drums and guitar with unexpected ones from goat horn, harmonium, Hardanger fiddle and his own squeeze box. Spreading sonic contributions from the 10 players results in insinuating and insouciant tunes that mostly jump and jitter like scherzo dance music while adding polyrhythmic and polyphonic textures. In contrast, on Encounters, bassist Sigurd Hole, known for his contributions to the bands of Tord Gustavsen, Karl Seglem uses only the textures available from Håkon Aase’s violin and Jarle Vespestad’s drums, as well as his own bull fiddle to animate nine compositions, mostly written by him. With tonal centres mostly shifting to the foreboding, the pieces are sometime so low energy as to be dispirited. MORE