Releases

Phosphorescence (Hubro CD2581/LP3578)
Release February, 2017

Dans les arbres’ third album, ‘Phosphorescence’ moves away from its predecessors’ aesthetic context of contemporary improvised chamber music performed on acoustic instruments towards a more mixed economy of means, with some electronic processing, amplification (of the prepared piano and guitar) and real-time sampling added to the repertoire of sounds familiar from the first two recordings. Recorded at Isitart, “the studio in a forest” in rural Sweden south of Oslo, it’s tempting to see ‘Phosphorescence’ as in some way a more relaxed, even bucolic production, but this may not be the case at all. Indeed, the four compositions/improvisations that comprise ‘Phosphorescence’ are as nervous and unsettling as they are consolingly ‘ambient’, although the pieces work well listened to inattentively, like edgy ‘furniture music’. The clarity of the mix and mastering is especially important, helping to create an almost three-dimensional depth and transparency to the sound, and emphasising the tension between the acoustic and electronic elements.

But what is most apparent in ‘Phospherescence’ is how masterful the four members of the collective have now become, and how intensely focused in their work, secure in the group’s identity as a kind of modest ’supergroup’ making absolutely contemporary music that’s totally unlike that of anyone else. Even the range of sounds they choose to inhabit has taken on a satisfying sense of familiarity: Dans les arbres make Dans les arbres music out of Dans les arbres sounds. It is, all in all, a considerable achievement.
Philip Johnson

 

Xavier Charles: clarinet
Ivar Grydeland: electric guitars, real time sampling
Christian Wallumrød: amplified prepared piano, synthesizer
Ingar Zach: gran cassa, percussion

Recorded August 2015 in Isitart, Sweden by Peder Kjellsby and Sjur Miljeteig
Mixed January 2016 in Ampertone, Oslo by Johnny Skalleberg, Christian Wallumrød and Ivar Grydeland
Mastered August 2016 at Audio Virus Lab by Helge Sten
All music composed by Dans les arbres (TONO/N©B, SACEM)
Produced by Dans les arbres

 

 

Canopée (ECM2278)
Release June, 2012

«Dans les arbres – the unique improvising quartet comprising three Norwegians and a Frenchman – continues to fine-tune its artistic concept, patiently traversing its luminous planes of sound with a rare sense of accord, and shared responsibilities. The combination of its unorthodox sound sources, including Charles’s clarinet harmonics, Wallumrød’s prepared piano, Grydeland’s bowed banjo, and Zach’s differentiated gran casa playing has led to free playing and spontaneous group-composing in a class of its own. The group’s ECM debut generated many rave reviews, with England’s The Wire declaring “There’s no end to the delights of this quite magical disc.” The magic is intact on “Canopée”, recorded in June 2010 and April 2011 in Oslo.»

 

 

 

 

Xavier Charles: clarinet, harmonica
Ivar Grydeland: electric guitar, banjo, sruti box
Christian Wallumrød: prepared piano, harmonium
Ingar Zach: gran cassa, percussion

Recorded in June 2010 and April 2011 at Biermannsgården and Cafeteateret, Oslo – Norway
Engineer Thomas Hukkelberg
All music composed by Dans les arbres (TONO/N©B, SACEM)
Produced by Dans les arbres

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Dans les arbres (ECM2058)
Release April, 2008 (Europe) – November, 2010 (North America)

«There’s no end to the delights of this quite magical disc. The finest composition, like improvisation, ultimately relies on intuition, and these players seem to have an innate grasp of the right combination of sounds and textures. Dans les arbres must be one of the finest ECM Improv releases – indeed, releases from any label – in recent years.» Andy Hamilton, The Wire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xavier Charles: clarinet, harmonica
Ivar Grydeland: acoustic guitar, banjo, sruti box
Christian Wallumrød: piano
Ingar Zach: gran cassa, percussion

Recorded in July, 2006 at Festiviteten, Eidsvoll – Norway
Mixed and mastered by Thomas Hukkelberg
All music composed by Dans les arbres (TONO/N©B, SACEM)
Produced by Dans les arbres

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