Økland has gained an international reputation for his innovative playing style. The solo albums he has released on the ECM and Rune Grammofon labels have garnered rave reviews. Økland has guested with several leading orchestras, has written music for the London Sinfonietta, films, ballets and theatre, and has played on records by Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Åsne Valland Nordli and Bjørnar Andresen.
All of the melodic material on ‘Lysning’ was composed by Økland, and it was drawn from several projects in which he is involved. The arrangements were developed in close collaboration with the band. Økland does not use written musical notes – all of the pieces are rehearsed by ear. “Our verbal working method might come into its own even more strongly this time,” says Økland. It is not difficult to agree with him: an audible sense of boldness and a powerful presence are palpable through the entire album.