JAN BANG Narrative From The Subtropics LP Vinyl NEW 2013
The Deep Serene
Melee Of Suitcases
'Narrative from the Subtropics' is an esoteric, yet remarkably attractive set of compositions from Norwegian producer, composer and electronic musician Jan Bang. Featuring Nils Petter Molvaer Arve Henriksen, Tigran Hamasyan, Sidsel Endresen and Lars Danielsson. This limited edition 180g vinyl pressing comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve.
Recorded over a period of three years, this set of thirteen miniatures includes a stellar roster of musicians. The delicate trumpet of Nils Petter Molvaer and synthesizer programming of Erik Honoré on "Funeral Voyage", the naked trumpet and vocals on "Sinking Ship" courtesy of Arve Henriksen, and contributions from the two equally distinctive guitarists Eivind Aarset and Stian Westerhus. The genuinely unique singer Sidsel Endresen appears on the Undark/Russell Mills collaboration "Tide" where Erik Honoré contributes with a field recording along with the sparse double bass of Swede, Lars Danielsson.
The Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan contacted Bang to record on his solo album and, in return, Hamasyan was invited back by Bang to contribute on "Singers Childhood", a traditional Estonian song. This led to an ongoing relationship with musicians in Tallinn, including guitarist and member of Weekend Guitar Trio, Robert Jurjendal who also introduced Bang to the traditional singer and kannel player, Tuule Kann. Both are present, on "Singers Childhood", which was recorded in both Tallinn and Paris, with editing and final mixing performed at Ban's Punkt studio in Kristiansand.