When it comes to organically integrating modern technology into music, few countries are innovating to the degree of Norway, and at the epicenter of that country's forward-thinking approach to melding improvisation with jazz and Norwegian traditionalism--not to mention contemporary classicism, pop, ambient and more; truly any and all musical markers--is producer/remixer Jan Bang, who has just released his first album as a leader, ....and poppies from Kandahar
Bang, from his home base in Kristiansand at the south tip of the country, has been part of a remarkable musical movement over the past 15 years or so. Together with sound sculptist/producer Erik Honore, Bang co-directs Punkt, a festival like no other, and one that has expanded from its annual event in Kristiansand at the end of each summer to include festivals abroad, including England and Germany, with plans in the works for Estonia in 2011, as well as dates in the United States and possibly Canada.
But before there was Punkt--a festival so important that, were it his only contribution to modern music, it would be enough--Bang created a concept even more groundbreaking. With Live Sampling, Bang becomes another improvising musician onstage, except his instrument is something less conventional--and, for some, very controversial--a black box of electronics, an AKAI MPC 3000 Sampler.
AAJ Managing Editor John Kelman spoke with Bang at great length recently, to dig into the creation of live sampling, live remix, Punkt and a whole new way of composing; explore Bang's ongoing collaborations with a variety of equally groundbreaking musicians including Honore, trumpeters Arve Henriksen and Nils Petter Molvaer, pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, guitarist Eivind Aarset, singer Sidsel Endresen; and debunk many of the myths surrounding the use of technology in music. Check out John's extensive interview, Jan Bang: Head, Shoulders, Hips, Knees and Toes, published today at AAJ.
To celebrate the recent release of ....and poppies from Kandahar, AAJ is providing even more coverage:
- Read what John has to say about ....and poppies from Kandahar in his insightful CD Review;
- Download Passport Control," a full track from ....and poppies from Kandahar, today's AAJ Daily Download;
- Watch the video for Passport Control," today's AAJ Video of the Day;
- Check out a photo of Jan performing at Punkt 2009, Today's Photo;
- Enter AAJ and SamadhiSound's Contest Giveaway, where five readers will win a copy of ....and poppies from Kandahar;
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