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Arve Henriksen is one of Norway's foremost jazz trumpeters. Henriksen studied in the jazz programme in Trondheim from 1987 to1991 and has since worked as a freelance musician. He has been a member of several well-known jazz groups and played with jazz greats like Jon Balke, Nils Petter Molvaer, Audun Kleive, Arild Andersen and others. Henriksen has contributed to dozens of recordings, including of his own compositions. He has received several awards, most recently in 2011, winning the DnB NOR Award. Arve is working with Trio Mediæval and Fennesz among others.
His musical career began in the late ‘80s, when he cut his first albums in a synth-and-vocals duo with Erik Honoré. By the ‘90s he was a producer of Norwegian pop acts, when pianist Bugge Wesseltoft invited him on stage with an improvising ensemble. “I had the idea of using musicians as ‘input’ to my sampler instead of vinyl,” recalls Bang. “We called it ‘live sampling.’ I found it appealing to work in a live situation with improvised music where things change at the blink of an eye. -I was able to work in past, present and future, according to what the other musicians were doing and how they reacted to what I was throwing back into the mix.”
Eivind Aarset is a guitarist with a unique musical vision that absorbs and reflects all manner of music while retaining an enviable individualism and high quality craftsmanship that can span from quiet intimacy to searing intensity.
This far-reaching double album, recorded and mixed in three days in Lugano, introduces a new group with Tigran Hamasyan, Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang. The Norwegians had played in diverse configurations on ECM - Jan Bang on Eivind Aarset’s Dream Logic, for instance, and Bang and Aarset on Arve Henriksen’s Cartography - but with Hamasyan at the centre of the sound, bringing with him ancient folk melodies transfigured in the compositions of Komitas, other inspirations come into play. All four players are at a creative peak here, whether freely reflecting upon Armenian themes or spontaneously shaping atmospheric soundscapes together. A collaboration which bodes for some spectacular live shows.
 Arve Henriksen, trumpet, vocals
 Eivind Aarset, guitars
Jan Bang, live sampling
Tigran Hamasyan, piano
Tigran, Jan Bang, Eivind Aarset & Arve Henriksen - Live In Paris 2016
Live In Paris 2016
Tigran Hamasyan Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, electronica, poetry, and more.  In the past decade, with the release of four critically acclaimed albums and an unceasing touring schedule, he has built up a dedicated international following, as well as accolades from the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau. He began playing piano at the age of three, and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was 11 years old, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003.  He released his debut album, World Passion, at the age of 18 in 2006.  That same year he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.  Subsequent albums include New Era (2008), Red Hail (2009), and A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France).  Most recently he won the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music in 2013.

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