Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jan Garbarek + The Hilliard Ensemble : Mnemosyne 1999

Jan Garbarek (born 4 March 1947, Mysen, Norway) is a Norwegian tenor and soprano
saxophonist, active in the jazz, classical, and world music genres.

Garbarek began recording for ECM in the early '70s and, although he had opportunities to play with Chick Corea and Don Cherry, his association with Keith Jarrett's European quartet in the mid-'70s made him famous, resulting in the classic recordings My Song and Belonging.

His style incorporates a sharp-edged tone, long, keening, sustained notes, and generous use of silence.

Garbarek, whose sound is virtually unchanged since the 1970s, collaborated with the Hilliard Ensemble in 1993 (a vocal quartet singing Renaissance music) and the result was a surprisingly popular recording.
He is also a pioneer of ambient jazz composition

Garbarek's more meandering recordings are often labeled as New Age music, a style generally scorned by more orthodox jazz musicians and listeners, or spiritual ancestors thereof.

Mnemosyne (1999) with the Hilliard Ensemble

The four voices themselves now start to improvise on scraps of ancient material culled from old book bindings and the like, though it's hard to determine exactly where this occurs (probably during some passages of wordless vocalise).

The results are often pretty much the same as Officium on disc one soothing, timeless sonic frescos reverberantly recorded in the same Austrian St. Gerold monastery, with Garbarek soaring over or threading through the texture ever more sparingly.

Yet on disc two, Garbarek and the Hilliards start to move into other worlds, breaking into something more disturbing and even atonal in that ancient "Delphic Paean," the syncopated harmonies of Garbarek's own "Loiterando," or a strange-sounding Russian Psalm from the 16th century.

This is a collaboration in transition, and one hopes it will continue to evolve.

The Hilliard Ensemble is a British male vocal quartet originally devoted to the performance of early music. Founded in 1974, the group is named after the Elizabethan miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard.

The group was founded in 1974, primarily to explore pre-Baroque music. As the Early Music movement spread in England in the 1970s, they came to be in demand for the purity of their voices and blends and their close attention to authenticity in performing style.

Although most of its work focuses on music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the Hilliard Ensemble also performs contemporary music, working frequently with the Estonian composer Arvo Part and including in its concerts works by John Cage, Gavin Bryars, Giya Kancheli, and Heinz Holliger.

The Hilliard Ensemble is one of the world's foremost male a capella ensembles. Their repertory ranges from the medieval to the modern, to which they bring a unique sound honed by years of performing together.


The ensemble consists of David James (countertenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Steven Harrold (tenor), and Gordon Jones (baritone), a basic constituency which formed in 2001. The core of the group's repertory is drawn from the ample volume of scores for four-voice ATTB ensemble, a disposition which is sometimes expanded for certain programs and especially on the records from the 1980s.

The ensemble takes a cooperative approach to program planning, while the undirected performances allow a spontaneity which is sometimes difficult to achieve in more closely controlled environments.

Based in the UK, the ensemble's historical contribution to the recorded discography of early music has been substantial, where several recordings have been among the most influential for the repertory.
Their name is taken from the English miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard (c.1537-1619), and is perhaps not incidentally related to that of former member Paul Hillier, who provided much of the early program planning before moving to the US.

The list of singers who have been members or performed with the group in the past reads like a who's who of English male voices, including Paul Agnew, David Beavan, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels, Paul Elliott, Michael George, David Gould, Robert Jones, Leigh Nixon, Mark Padmore, John Potter, Christopher Robson, and Ashley Stafford.

Disc 1

1 Quechua Song : Peruvian Folksong 7:10
2 O Lord, in thee is all my trust : anthem for 4 voices 5:09
3 Estonian Lullaby : 1:58
4 Remember me my dear : 16th Century Scotland 6:30
5 Gloria : for 3 voices (also attributed to Hugo de Lantins) 6:03
6 Fayrfax Africanus 4:05
7 Agnus Dei 8:38
8 Novus novus 13th Century France 2:18
9 Se je fayz dueil : for 3 voices 5:12
10 O ignis spiritus Paraclitus 10:55

Disc 2

1 Alleluia nativitatis : 13th Century England 5:04
2 Delphic paean 4:46
3 Strophe and Counter-Strophe 5:02
4 Mascarades :Basque Folksong 5:02
5 Loiterando 5:33
6 Estonian Lullaby 2:01
7 Russian Psalm : 16th Century Russia 3:45
8 Eagle Dance 4:48
9 When Jesus Wept 3:22
10 Hymn to the Sun 7:30

Δεν παλεύονται εύκολα ρε παιδιά αυτές οι μουσικές .
Δύσκολες είναι , και θέλουν το κάτι παραπάνω .
- Ενα μανιταράκι ίσως ? -
- Μιά σούπα απο Πεγιότλ ? -
- Μιά γλάστρα με Νταντουρα στο μπαλκόνι μου ? -
Εγώ προσωπικά μουρλαίνομαι με κάτι τέτοια .
... Kαι γουστάρω τρελά !!!

This is music behind the Centuries
This is music before Time
This is music after Time
This is music among the years
This is music dedicated to Ancient Gods

For those that they where years ago
For those that will be nowhere in time
And those who shall come .

This is music of a Galaxy Chaos

This is the music of a naked GOD .

This is the music of a Man .

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Bitrate : 320
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Size : 102 MB
Bitrate : 320

Take it HERE

Αφιερωμένο στο φίλο μου Πλάτωνα απο την "ΑΣΤΟΙΒΗ" που τον έχασα τόσο σύντομα .
Να ΄σαι καλά εκεί που είσαι και να πίνεις πάντα τα καλύτερα !


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