sustain ability //

Album label: 
Release date: 
25/05/2015
Recording location: 
Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum
Recording date: 
Monday, September 24, 2012
Mastering engineer: 
Petter Vågan
Mastering engineer: 
Tor Haugerud
Mixing engineer: 
Petter Vågan
Mixing engineer: 
Tor Haugerud
Recording engineer: 
Thomas Hukkelberg
  • 1. sustain ability (46:50)

The impro duo Vertex with Petter Vågan (acoustic guitar, lapsteel and electronics) and Tor Haugerud (drums and signal generators) have coupled up with their german allies Axel Dörner (trumpet and electronics) and Andrea Neumann (inside piano and electronics). The result, sustain ability, has now come to life through a recording from Emanuel Vigeland ́s Mausoleum. The mausoleum is a spectacular room with acoustics with a reverberation time of over 20 seconds and a cellar cold and dimly lit atmosphere.

The cooperation with Dörner and Neumann came into being after Haugerud had a longer stay in Berlin where he learned to know these outstanding artists musically . This resulted in two long tours in Europe and Scandinavia and the live recording of the concert in the Emanuel Vigeland mausoleum. The quartet conjures up an electroacoustic soundscape with exceptional instruments like the inside of a piano, old signal generators, lapsteelguitar and trumpet processed through computer programs. Along with the acoustic instruments this provides a wide range and variety of expression. Sustain ability captures both the fine interplay between the quartet and the totality of the music in that particular room. The quartet has strived to play on the room’s materiality and sound, and let this be an element that is being deliberately brought into the music. The album displays the slow musical structures, passages that develops slowly and occationally dissolves time. Sustain ability emphasizes the lasting musical structures without compromising contrast or the surprising whims.

Vertex, established in 2007, spontaneously composes electroacoustic music that is both immediate and exciting to listen to. From lowercase drones to rapid, abrupt passages, Vertex creates their own musical universe. The music gathers inspiration from both the German improvisational music, called reductionism, contemporary and modern art music. They also mix in elements of country and roots in their drone landscapes. The band has received much attention after their first album ”Shapes & Phases”, released on SOFA Music in 2010, and has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals and performed a number of concerts and tours in Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Japan. They have previously collaborated with Christian Wallumrød (ECM Records), the Lebanese bassist and video artist Raed Yassin and the Japanese vocalist Maki Hachi. Both Petter Vågan and Tor Haugerud is well established within Norwegian improvised music and have each developed unique musical expression. Petter Vågan also has a foot in the pop / rock world with the electro pop band The Fjords, while Tor Haugerud is best known through groups like BOL & Snah and Alpaca Ensemble. Both have been a part of many versions of the renowned Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and cooperation with international musicians.

Axel Dörner - trumpet and electronics, from Cologne in Germany, is one of the most artistically exciting and establis- hed free improvisers in Europe. Since 1994, he has lived in Berlin and has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the free improvisational stage in this art metropolis. Axel Dörner is a versatile musician who has roots in contemporary jazz but has its greatest scope within improvisation and experimental music. He is perhaps best known from his cooperations with Japanese musician Otomo Yoshihide and the German Alexander von Shlippenbach trio. Axel Dörner has its own group Die Enttäuschung.
Andrea Neumann - inside piano / electronics, from Freiburg in Germany. Andrea Neumann is an exciting and active improviser and composer in experimental and new music. She works extensively to develop extended techniques inside the piano, with the sounds from the strings, resonance box and the metal frame, and has specially designed a piano to this use, the inside piano. Neumann has explored playing techniques, sounds and preparations of the pia- no, and use microphones to amplify and manipulate signals from the instrument. Andrea Neumann has played with numerous internationally renowned musicians like Sven-Åke Johansson, Anette Krebs, Ignaz Schick, Axel Dörner and Burkhard Beins.