Maria Faust Sacrum Facere //

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Recorded at The Village Recording, Copenhagen
Recording date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Artwork design: 
Kalli Kalde
Artwork design: 
Tuuli Aule
Mastering engineer: 
John Fomsgaard
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John Fomsgaard
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John Fomsgaard
  • 1. Epp (05:55)
  • 2. Tui (06:51)
  • 3. Lydia (07:44)
  • 4. Hiie (08:25)
  • 5. Virve (04:09)
  • 6. Sacrum Facere (05:40)
  • 7. Itk* (03:25)

Maria Faust (born 1979) is an Estonian saxophone player and composer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Faust is best known in the fields of third stream jazz, modern big band music, improvised music and other alternative styles. She is a member and co-founder of the musical collective and record label Barefoot Records (founded 2006). In 2014 Maria won Danish Music Awards Jazz in two nomination — as Danish Composer of the Year and as Danish Special Release of the Year with her album Maria Faust Sacrum Facere.

Maria Faust Sacrum Facere is a song cycle written for brass ensemble, three woodwinds, prepared piano and kannel (an Estonian folk harp played by plucking strings with the fingers). The music is inspired by Estonian folklore and runo singing that comes from the Setu region, close to the Russian border. The movements in the cycle are written specifically for the musicians in the group, catering to their unique and individual voices on their instruments.

Sacrum Facere can be described as a synthesis of two of Faust’s passions: classical composition and free improvisation. She began her musical education studying classical conducting at the Academy of Music in Tallinn before relocating to Denmark in 2002 to study jazz saxophone and improvisation. Rather than go in one direction or the other, she has created a language that combines both worlds. She has experimented with and innovated new techniques in both composing and arranging.

Line up:
Maria Faust (EST) – alto sax/clarinet/voice; Francesco Bigoni (IT) – clarinet; Ned Ferm (USA) – tenor sax/clarinet; Emanuele Maniscalco (IT) – piano; Kristi Mühling (EST) – kannel; Tobias Wiklund (SE) – trumpet; Mads Hyhne (DK) – trombone; Daniel Herskedal (NO) – tuba