Avin //

Album label: 
Release date: 
11/05/2017
Recording location: 
Athletic Sound, Halden
Recording date: 
Monday, December 12, 2016
Thanks: 
Thanks to Vilde, Adrian, Kaja, Inga, Henrik, Espen and Agnes for your hard work and effort, Dag Erik for staying up late and making us feel at home in the studio, Aleksander for your persistence and creative input, Morgan for making space and making it shine, Marte for your openness and generosity, Emil for your keen eye and idealism, Björn for helping Emil out, Toppåsen skolekor for your oure joy and Guro for taking care of you, Christian for borrowing me your guitar, Petter for helping me out with the demos, Ingunn and the rest of the team at Leveld Kunstnartun for letting me get insipired and work with the music for two weeks, and a special thanks to Avin for all your love.
Artwork design: 
Christian Meaas Svendsen
Mastering engineer: 
Morgan Nicolaysen
Mixing engineer: 
Aleksander Sjølie
Recording engineer: 
Dag Erik Johansen
  • 1. Da du og jeg var vi (04:59)
  • 2. Kretsløp (05:37)
  • 3. Avin (07:36)
  • 4. i Berlin (05:36)
  • 5. Katarsis (00:59)
  • 6. 11 dager (07:39)
  • 7. Tørr og sliten jord (04:52)

Avin is the solo project of musician Christian Meaas Svendsen. The album consists of Norwegian lyrics in a traditional singer/songwriter-style wrapped in a somewhat challenging and unconventional format. The music is arranged for an 8-piece band consisting of some of Norway’s finest musicians.

Avin is a Kurdish maiden name meaning love. Avin is also the name of Svendsen’s girlfriend. The central theme on the album is their unfinished love, and the texts and the music describe Svendsen’s feelings and reflections in the turbulent phases of the relationship. Loss, anger and despair are repeating themes, but amidst it all there is hope and a strange kind of underlying positivism. The music is inspired from early American contemporary music, modern nordic improvised music and different types folk songs. The result is a more meek version of the modern contemporary music, a slightly more strict version of improvised music and jazz, and a somewhat detached way of presenting conventional singer/songwriter material. It is creative music with some healthy resistance presented in an earnest, convincing and personal way.

Christian Meaas Svendsen is normally playing bass, leading his own projects or functioning as a sideman in countless other creative projects. But on this recording he is singing his own lyrics and playing the guitar himself. The rest of the ensemble consists of:

Vilde Alnæs - violin
Adrian Løseth Waade - viola
Kaja Fjellberg Pettersen - cello
Inga Aas - double bass
Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø - trombone
Espen Reinertsen - saxophone
Agnes Hvizdalek - vocal