[ ECM / 2 LP ]
Release Date: Friday 12 February 2016
What Was Said brings new colours to Tord Gustavsen's musical palette. His new project introduces the entrancing German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad.
"Within the trio, Tander rises to the challenge of being both a soloistic interpreter of melody and an ensemble member, singing accompanying motifs, and contributing to improvisations in which the three of us are equals in terms of sharing ideas," says Gustavsen. "She has a unique way of improvising, finding sounds that really work, staying with them, developing them very gradually. She has a discipline that really appeals to me and Jarle."
The combination of the intimacy of her voice, with Gustavsen's melodically inventive piano and discreet electronics, and Vespestad's patient, textural touch has considerable emotional persuasiveness.
Recorded live in April 2015 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo.
I See You
Imagine the Fog Disappearing
A Castle in Heaven
Journey of Life
What Was Said to the Rose / O Sacred Head
The Way You Play My Heart
The Source of Now
Longing to Praise Thee
Sweet Melting Afterglow