Lys / Mørke

by Sigurd Hole solo

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"Ruminative and openhearted"
- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"… and while you may not walk away with discernible melodies on the brain, you will have in your possession something far more indelible: a feeling that you have known the texture of a soul."
- NYC JAZZ RECORD

"Listen on headphones while tramping through the woods"
- THE WIRE

Recorded at The Arctic Hideaway - a quiet retreat situated on the arctic islands of Fleinvær in the northern part of Norway – Norwegian bassist Sigurd Hole´s new solo double bass album “Lys/Mørke” (Light/Darkness) features a remarkable interplay with the natural sounds of the island. In addition to the obvious musical qualities of this approach, Sigurd wishes to put focus on the philosophical and emotional aspects of the ongoing climate and ecological crisis. How do we deal with the fact that humanity as a whole is such a devastating force on the rest of nature? How do we listen - both on a concrete and an abstract level - to our natural surroundings? In what ways are we affected by what we hear?

The world-premiere of "Lys / Mørke" was held in Carnegie Hall, New York, February 3rd 2020. The official release date is February 14t.

Excerpt from album liner notes by David Rothenberg:

«Some of Sigurd’s long, resounding tones echo the gravity of our predicament with the deep concern that only such low sounds can provide. Other sections thrum with the natural overtones familiar from rural Norwegian folk music. He shifts and dances, showing the full range of what his bass can do. It is philosophical music, urging us to listen to the sounds of the world wherever we are to start to ask what new kind of world we might want to build. The music sets up the mood of the question, but does not claim to answer it.»

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Sigurd´s solo double bass album “Elvesang” of 2018 received world-wide critical acclaim, presenting a distinctive, new approach to the double bass as a solo instrument fusing elements form Norwegian folk music with improvisation.

“Atmospheric solo bass” (The New York Times, Critics pick)
“A master of timbral manipulation” (The New York City Jazz Record - Best of 2018).
“An album of profound beauty” (AllAboutJazz, Best of 2018)
“Enigmatic harmonics, impressionistic melodic logic and ambient aesthetics”
(JAZZIZ, live review Molde International Jazz Festival)

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released February 14, 2020

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Sigurd Hole Oslo, Norway

Sigurd Hole is known from his work with Tord Gustavsen trio, Karl Seglem and Eple Trio. As a bassist he represents an innovative approach to his instrument strongly influenced by Norwegian folk music. In 2018 he released his first albums as a leader, the solo dobule bass album "Elvesang" and trio album "Encounters". ... more

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