There's no overstating the impact that Nils Petter Molvaer's debut CD Khmer
made when it was released on the ECM label in 1997. It was the first shot across the bow of the jazz world that a new concept for improvised music had arrived--one where live sampling, beats and turntables coexist beside conventional instruments, albeit ones that are processed beyond recognition.
But while Molvaer commands large audiences around the world, the lack of distribution of his post-ECM discs in the US has been a wrong that has recently been righted by Thirsty Ear. They released An American Compilation earlier this year to reacquaint American audiences with this forward-reaching artist, and plan to release his other CDs as well.
AAJ Contributing Editor Paul Olson took the opportunity to speak with Molvaer after a brief, four-city tour of the US and Canada this past summer.
Check out Nils Petter Molvaer: Skeletons, Samples and Fish Fillets at AAJ today.