Hi folks, it’s been a busy couple of years for me trying to balance my freelancing, teaching and family life with my own projects. Tomorrow though I can finally share with you my new trio album – Six Commissions. As the name suggests, I’ve commissioned six tunes from some of my favourite musicians and composers: Mats Eilertsen, Per “Texas” Johanson, Espen Reinertsen, Natacha Atlas/Samy Bishai, Iro Haarla and Erlend Skomsvoll.
I write a lot of music myself, and so do my fellow musicians Eyolf Dale (piano) and Jo Skaansar (bass). But after releasing three albums featuring our own compositions we decided it would be interesting to see how someone else might bring to the table. Although it’s common in other genres, jazz musicians tend to release their own compositions, standards maybe excluded. The compositions on this album go beyond the realm of jazz, helping us broaden our musical horizon. It’s been a lot of fun, but also a big challenge putting this album together.
Another first for me is that there’s no cd this time. To be honest with you I’m selling fewer and fewer of them as more and more people start using the music streaming services. So for now it’s digital only. In August however, there will be a limited edition vinyl – please get in touch if you’d like to put your name down for one of those. I hope you enjoy the music, and head over to periskopmusic.com if you’d like more info on the album and who has been involved in it’s production.