Posts Tagged ‘Norway’

MyECM

I curated a playlist for ECM as part of their venture into the world of streaming (an article from Pitchfork is here). My annotations for the playlist are below, and a more concise version is on  ECM’s website here.  The playlist is now up at Tidal  and Spotify. I curated selections from (mostly) the first 200 releases…

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Ryko/Hannibal Bio for Å

In 1976 I had a job in a record store in St. Paul. One of my co-workers was a guy named Morrey Nellis. He became director of intramural athletics at Macalester College where I used to go for a run every now and then. In 1990 or ’91 he gave me a tape of Hardingfele music saying, “Listen to this.” He got it from his wife who was director of the Hardingfele Society of America.

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Downbeat, August 1999

Steve, Turid, Knut, and Marc standing outside the church they recorded in.

“Å (just say “ah”) successful­ly joins the hardingfele, a.k.a. hardanger fiddle, with Tibbetts’ distinctive, often beautiful con­structions.”

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Å: Minneapolis Star-Tribune & Playboy

“repeating fiddle phrases evolve into fresh ideas, while Tibbetts’ guitar slithers off on sympathetic tangents, and gongs and other elements chip in their own wry commentary, creating an ebb and flow of stylish nuance like mist on the fjords”

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Å

Å by Steve Tibbetts

Knut Hamre and Steve Tibbetts. “Once again, Tibbetts has shown that the exposure of geographically isolated traditions doesn’t have to be exploitative or blandly commercial.” -Isthmus

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