Thu 19 Oct
VEK (Mike Adcock, Håkon Høgemo, Karl Seglem & Nils Okland) + Clive Bell & Dave Ross
Vek is a Norwegian dialect word meaning a short musical phrase. Vek now also refers to a remarkable four-piece group comprising three Norwegians and one Englishman: all have a background in combining the influence of traditional music with more contemporary approaches to improvisation and composition. Håkon Høgemo and Nils Økland are unquestionably two of Norway’s finest exponents of the Hardanger fiddle and between them have probably done more than anybody to push the frontiers of what is musically possible with the instrument. Not content to keep within the confines of the tradition, Nils Økland is widely acclaimed as a renewer of traditional folk music, adept at building bridges between classical and contemporary music. He is a consummate fiddle composer and accomplished improviser with many recordings and international appearances to his credit. Karl Seglem is one of Norway’s foremost saxophonists as well as being one of the country’s only serious exponents of the traditional instrument known as bukkehorn or goat-horn, releasing several albums under his own name and with others. The music of Vek includes traditional material, original compositions and improvisation. At times it is hauntingly spatial, finely honed and minimalistic, whilst in other pieces the players produce a densely layered web of sound, with melodies, counter-melodies and rhythmic phrases all interweaving, creating music with its own powerful beauty.
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