In the past year I have been busy as a research fellow in the doctoral level “Norwegian Artistic Research Programme”, an academic program funding practice based artistic research. My research project is called “The music of language and language of music”, and deals with the musical content of speech, trying to utilize it as a direct source for creating new music. This idea is a kind of continuation of the way I have used dialogue as a method and metaphor in my “Hammond Dialogue” concert series and recordings earlier.
I have set up a researcher’s blog at http://orchestraofspeech.com where this project will be documented with music, findings, thoughts and background research.
The new record “Amor & Labor” by Formo Tre & Metall is now available as CD and download!
The recording was listed on Europe Jazz Media Chart for october, and a nice early review in Bergens Tidende describes the music as a “vital and engaging drive of improvisation” by a “strong and original band”
Some more nice reviews:
AllAboutJazz.com: “Formo Tre & Metall is an excellent quartet with a bold vision.”
Adresseavisen: “He plays the B3 with a scope and a melodic sensitivity that makes it a joy to listen to”
Dagsavisen: “Det er ei sprudlande oppkome av eit album”
Side2.no: “Formo has created a band and a sound unlike anything else on the musical horizon”
Dag og Tid: “Det er noko stoffleg og handgripeleg i musikken som er både uvanleg og tankevekkjande”
Great music last night with Nils Henrik Asheim playing the huge organ in the newly finished Stavanger Concert Hall, beautifully lit with live video projections. I also had the best view with my hammond placed neatly on the balcony. Also playing this evening was Adrian Tvedten on synthesizers, Pål Asle Pettersen on electronics, and Unni Løvlied singing with Liv Runesdatter and Stine Janvin Motland accompanying on glass. More at Stavanger aftenblad
After a great debut tour my new quartet “Formo Tre&Metall” will be recording its first album in march. For now, you can check out some live recordings
My new triple album “Hammond Dialogues” is now available for download at subradar.no and iTunes, also available as limited edition triple-CD for mail order by contacting me directly.
Some reviews are also starting to show up:
Bergens Tidende: “This is electroacoustic contemporary improvisation rich in ideas”;
Svenska Dagbladet: “in the dynamic duo (…) they make the sounds both sparkle and shine mightily”
allaboutjazz.com: “The quartet becomes (…) a free improvised unit of the best kind, formulating captivating, rich language and almost telepathic interplay”
bitaites.org: “Hammond B3 is a greater benefit to mankind than were penicillin, air conditioning and microwave. Daniel confirms this with absolute distinction”
In february 2013 I will tour in Norway and Sweden with my new quartet called Formo Tre&Metall featuring Mattias Ståhl on vibraphone, Eirik Hegdal on saxophone and Erik Nylander on drums and wood chops. At the same time I will release a triple album based on my work with the Hammond Dialogues project, containing a solo Hammond recording, a live duo recording with Nils Henrik Asheim on church organ, and another live recording featuring Lene Grenager on cello, Michael Duch on double bass and Bergmund Skaslien on viola.
I have posted a few videos on my project page for the pendulum studies that I am working on to explore how the physics of a pendulum can be used to generate music.
I will play a series of concerts during the spring of 2012 entitled ‘hammond dialogues’, engaging many different musicians playing instruments not usually heard accompanying the hammond organ. Performances will be based on improvisation and the aim is to put myself in situations where I can explore the new sonic and instrumental possibilities that occur when meeting these different instruments and personalities. See the calendar for exact dates, which will include duo performances with musicians such as Nils Henrik Asheim on church organ, Sidsel Endresen on vocals, Kresten Osgood on drums, and with a string trio consisting of Lene Grenager on cello, Bergmund Skaslien on Viola, Michael Duch on contrabass, and a wind trio with Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet, Bjørnar Habbestad on flute and Eirik Hegdal on saxophone.