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-The eerie vocals of Trondheim Voices with the live electronics of Asle Karstad come together in the haunting “Rooms & Rituals”. This impeccably sound designed album sends chills up your spine. New Sounds USA.
Trondheim Voices consists of some of Norways finest improvising vocalists. A cutting edge ensemble, who have made solid statements as developers within vocal- and improvised music, expanding the traditional concert format, searching for new music in the interaction between the singers, the audience, the surroundings and new technology. Each singer’s extended vocal techniques, individuality and timbre results in a unique quality to the groups collective tone.
Through the use of their unique effect controllers “Maccatrols”, they create wide electroacoustic soundscapes, subtle noise, hauntingly beautiful chorals, and ambient beats. Free improvisation plays a vital part in their concerts, but also incorporating original compositions from the group members and music written for the ensemble by composers such as Jon Balke, Ståle Storløkken and Christian Wallumrød.
About FOLKLORE: Monumental vocal.
Get ready for an extraordinary concert performance when two of Norway’s most distinguished sound artists, writes music for some of their countrys finest experimental vocalists. What happens when 2/3 of the Norwegian power-trio “Supersilent” use Trondheim Voices as a living breathing instrument? In this work, the pioneering vocal ensemble uses its voices as one massive microtonal instrument – replacing words with tones, exploring multi-voice drones and sounds in a timeless chant-like manner.
-a masterpiece. ..liturgy and fantasy melts together to create a whole new form of expression. Hyper sensible and extremely precise in its minimalism. Norways greatest vocal ensemble.MOLDEJAZZ Fire Flate
Folklore draws on inspiration from medieval times, ancient rituals and the art of folklore. The expression folklore is a collective term for tradition-led art and knowledge, which is shared between generations through actions from human to human. It has often belonged in the informal, non-commercial part of culture.
Helge Sten and Ståle Storløkken’s work Folklore explores the distance between acoustic and electronic sound, harmonic and microtonal music, the known and unknown. Time ceases and opens up for new ways of listening.
Line Up: Trondheim Voices, voice & percussion, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Anita Kaasbøll, Tone Åse, Kari Eskild Havenstrøm, Natali Abrahamsen Garner, Siri Gjære, Heidi Skjerve, Torunn Sævik, Ingrid Lode. Visual design: Ingrid Skanke Høsøien, Sound design: Ingar Hunskaar
ROOMS & RITUALS:
Norways leading sound designer Asle Karstad has exclusively developed and designed the effect controller ”Maccatrol” for the ensemble: a small wireless box carried on the body, enabling each singer to move freely, individually processing themselves in the room, using effects and loops. The singers perform within a surround setup, sharing space with the audience and breaking down the barrier of the conventional stage setting. This gives the audience a unique listening experience.
–On these twelve tracks the combination of voices and electronics makes for haunting, ethereal sounds that explore the voice in its different manifestations—sung, spoken, yelled, whispered—with and without words.AvantMusic News
Trondheim Voices´ newest album «Rooms & Rituals» – is just released world wide to stunning international reviews. All the music is improvised and recorded live with no overdubs. The voices are the only sound source – with live electronic processing through our exclusively designed effect controllers «Maccatrols» by Asle Karstad. The album is a clear example of how Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad sounds live in concert.
Singers: Sissel Vera Pettersen, Anita Kaasbøll, Tone Åse, Kari Eskild Havenstrøm, Natali Abrahamsen Garner, Heidi Skjerve, Torunn Sævik, Ingrid Lode. Sound designer: Asle Karstad