Erlend Apneseth Trio
Although their music sounds entirely original, The Erlend Apneseth Trio represents a close to perfect improvisational update on that very contemporary format of the post-modern string trio, like a Nordic riposte to Tin Hat or Trio Taksim.
An entirely spontaneous-seeming, eminently portable ensemble, they can turn, as it were, on a sixpence, moving seamlessly from one mode or style to another, carrying echoes of early music and the baroque, deep Nordic folk, desert blues, soulful cimbalon shimmers and more, sometimes all within the confines of the same piece.
There’s also a touch of that clip-clopping cowboy-ish rhythmic twang that we might associate with the various small groups of guitarist Bill Frisell, as well as an occasional nod to the east that can suggest an Indian raga’s tamboura drone or the plinkety-plonk of a Japanese koto. Whatever the infuences or derivation, everything fits the band’s own, very defined aesthetic. Here, composition meets improvisation in a real partnership of equals. Acoustic instruments employ subtle electronic effects or slyly mimic the percussive pulse of techno, while always remaining essentially themselves. Everywhere, a concern with sound as sound is paramount.
Erlend Apneseth (hardanger fiddle), Stephan Meidell (guitar, effects), Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (drums, percussion)