Would you like to witness delicate musical poetry that is so fragile that it is lost if you are not in true silence and solitude? This is is an intimate Nordic magic.
Favorite track: In leave rein.
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The Alvaret Ensemble is the improvisatory collective based around Greg Haines (piano), Jan Kleefstra (voice, poems), Romke Kleefstra (guitar, bass and effects) and Sytze Pruiksma (percussion). ‘Ea’ is the group’s third album, after releasing the acclaimed self-titled double debut and the second album ‘Skeylja’ in respectively 2012 and 2014. ‘Ea’ was recorded over three nights in a small church in the Netherlands. As usual the group invited other musicians to join, as they did on the first two albums and also during their live concerts. On ‘Ea’ the group is expanded with the Polish violist Olga Wojciechowska and Portuguese cellist Joana Guerra, that became permanent members since the recordings.
Just like on previous recordings The Alvaret Ensemble began to play without scores or discussion. The setting in the church, recording at night and the prominent role for the string section results in an album that comes closer the ‘Alvaret’s’ first album than to Skeylja. Again there were hours of recordings, which took the group months again to compile and mix the album. Release dates were even postponed, as some first editions of the album were eventually rejected by the band itself, to start the whole process over again. At long last the group came to the double album ‘Ea’ and gave it a new home on the new record label Laaps. In reviews the Alvaret’s debut was stated to be tender, quiet and restrained; an introspective album, which stark beauty was perfect for winter, when color has been leeched from the landscape and all has been laid bare. ‘Ea’ might fit that description perfectly. Even better, maybe.
released January 20, 2020
Recorded at Dorpskerk Huizum, Leeuwarden, December 2016
Recorded by Jan Switters
Edited and mixed by Greg Haines, mastered by Taylor Deupree
Greg Haines - piano, church organ, percussion
Jan Kleefstra – words, poems
Joana Guerra – cello, voice
Olga Wojciechowska – violin, piano
Romke Kleefstra – guitars, bass, effects
Sytze Pruiksma – percussion
staggering craft. intuitive, it breathes, the clarinet winding through sparks of percussive snaps, claps, tings, gourd rattles, teasing at momentum. beguiling organ, throbbing and throaty, joins baars mesmerizing voice. her exhalations are breathtaking. monsere, like in a dream, recounts in a precise monotone calm. horns bleat. gulls bark. field recordings, hiss and feedback dangerously loom at the fringe. a most intimate of rituals, musicians of extraordinary talent weaving aural bliss. jgladden
Like all of Rutger's recordings, there's a tremendous sense of space to this album, in two senses. First, the production echoes around your head like bloodflow; and second, the tracks sound like cosmic music, something you would load onto a probe and send out into the cosmos. Truly, a message from humanity, about humanity. Paul Currion