PER ODDVAR JOHANSEN (NO)
Per Oddvar Johansen – drums
Helge Lien – piano
Torben Snekkestad – sax
Collector of not less than 6 Spellemannprisen (Norwegian Grammys), Per Oddvar Johansen, one of the greatest Norwegian musicians of our time, will present his solo debut album ”Let’s Dance” (Edition Records, 2016) for the first time to the Romanian audience.
The album shines a spotlight on a musician who has deserved the attention for a long time. Meditative, beautiful, stately and austere, the songs on Let’s Dance are the product of a finely tuned musicianship, developing along an organic and entirely natural and unique path, each intensely satisfying and fulfilling.
Per Oddvar’s propulsive rhythms underlie each tune but never attempt to dominate. If there is a dance to be danced it’s a tranquil, dignified and sedate dance – a folk dance celebrating a grave and solemn moment.
”I wanted to try and compose music with a rubato (no set tempo), lyrical and open soundscape. To achieve this, I have written long sheets, with not so much information in them, thus taking control over the whole structure and tonal landscape, at the same time giving everybody the possibility to shape and direct the music in the moment.” (Per Oddvar Johansen)
”Jazz-steered contemporary music with a much richer and more diverse soundscape than might have been expected from only three players.”