arve henriksen

"The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him together with violinists Nils Økland and Gjermund Larsen, cellist Svante Henryson and double bassist Mats Eilertsen, all of whom now appear as the central planks in "The Nature Of Connections". Another welcome guest is drummer Audun Kleive, veteran of Norwegian jazz ensembles including Oslo 13, JøKleBa!, Generator X, Terje Rypdal and Jon Balke.

"The nature of connections"
By Arve Henriksen 

I discovered the title for this album in a book about chairs and the making of furniture. In the introduction to the book the author mentioned the complexity of making a chair and all the pepole involved in the process. The high quality on the different fields and the wide range of professions that after a long process turnes into a product can easily be compared to the process of making this record. Yes, of course, this is a simple and easy way to describe how this album came along, but nevertheless the conglomerate of small components and years and years of fine tuning of details that finally meets through the handcraft by these musicians, technicians, and others in this chain is nothing less than fascinating. And, the combination of this group of musicians that after years where brought together is also, to me, a very interesting journey. I have for many years had the plan to make an album with a string quartet. The traditional combination of stringplayers was the original idea, but I never got fully convinced that was the right sound or combination I was looking for. Many years passed and the sound of this remained in silence, until I was invited by Nina Hurum at Rikskonsertene in Oslo to put together a constellation of musicians for a tour in Norway. This carte blanche invitation brought fire to the old string quartet idea, and after almost ten years of waiting it was quite easy for me to invite Gjermund, Nils, Svante and Mats. The nature of connections with these handfull of highly skilled and loving people goes way back to when I played with them in different constellations such as Jon Balke Magnetic North Orchestra, Trygve Seim Ensemble, Food and Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. The two weeks tour we did together became a memorable journey for all of us. Audun Kleive joined in on several concerts and even came with us in Rainbow Studio where Jan Erik Kongshaug did an excellent job as usual. I am very excited to present this album.

"Chron and Cosmic Creation"

Chron first appeared as part of the magnificent "Solidification" box set, but has now been made available on its own due to popular demand. The double CD comes with "Cosmic Creation", another new album that in many ways can be considered "Chron"´s twin album. These are true solo albums with Arve playing all instruments, both recorded at home and in various locations, and both showing a part of Arve that is possibly most comparable to his work in Supersilent, the free form group he has been a part of since its formation in 1997. In regards to his solo albums, these two albums are probaby closest to "Strjon", showing the playful explorer manipulating recordings and instruments, mixing the acoustic and the electronic, composing and improvising, being creative and recording ideas the very minute they appear.

"Places of Worship"

With Places Of Worship Arve Henriksen moves into the front rank of world class musicians. The Norwegian trumpet player has made his mark over many years, not only as the horn player with the consistently challenging and long lived group Supersilent, but also as the purveyor of exquisite and distinctive solo work that stretches to four solo albums since 2001, three of which are released on Rune Grammofon. Deeply rooted in the sublime geology of his Norwegian homeland, Henriksen’s music has developed into something beautifully at one with natural habitats and reflecting the hybrid, cosmopolitan environments of the twenty-first century. On Places Of Worship, he inhabits the space between these two worlds, in a series of tone poems and mood pieces located around religious buildings and ruins. These still, silent quarters and abandoned houses of the holy can be where we experience our deepest moments of reflection, silence and occasionally fear. Making the aura of these places audible, Henriksen’s haunted horn and idiosyncratic treble vocals carry an air of treading on forbidden territory, stirring up the dust of forgotten spirits. As well as suggesting the creaking timbers and salty tang of North African ports (‘Alhambra’) and the whiff of Gallic scirocco (‘Le Cimitière Marin’), it stirs fond memories of fellow musical souls, both alive and dead: the Miles Davis of Sketches Of Spain and Aura; the Fourth World exotica of Jon Hassell.


Solidification is a quite stunning 7LP box that includes his Rune Grammofon albums Sakuteiki, Chiaroscuro and Strjon, all with added bonus tracks, as well as a brand new album called Chron, his first since his ECM album Cartography. No corners have been cut  to make this a most desirable piece of art regarding design and sound. You get the music on classic black vinyl on six of the records while Chron is pressed on white vinyl.
If that isn´t enough the package includes two DVDs with all 56 tracks as 16/44 files, hi-res FLAC files and original master quality 24/44 or 24/96 files. Kim Hiorthøy´s design is as always consistent to the last detail and the beautiful 24 page booklet includes extensive liner notes from Fiona Talkington and John Kelman.

Arve Henriksen is probably Norway´s most versatile musician of his generation, always on the move, always searching and exploring possible and seemingly impossible paths. From the Rune Grammofon catalogue he will be known through the three solo albums, eleven releases as a founder member of groundbreaking improvising group Supersilent and four with Food (two of them on RG). He was a member of Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and has played and recorded with a large number of Norwegian and international musicians, most notably David Sylvian and Dhafer Youssef. In 2008 he released the album ”Cartography” on ECM.

"Strjon" (2007)
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"Chiaroscuro" (2004)
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"Sakuteiki" (2001)
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