Balke, Jon - Say and Play

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Jon Balke: piano, keyboards, electronics, tongoné, darbouka, percussion; Helge Andreas Norbakken: sabar, gorong, djembe, talking drum, shakers, percussion; Emilie Stoesen Christensen: vocals; Erland Dahlen: drums; Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen: poetry reading

Six years on from "Statements", Batagraf's ECM debut, the collective returns with transformed personnel but unchanged priorities. Drumming as language and language harnessed as music: both aspects remain important for this "percussion think-tank" of Norwegian origin, thoroughly international in its aspirations.

"Drumming is speaking and language is a miracle, in all its manifestations" notes co-founder Jon Balke of Batagraf's mission. "In the Orisha culture of the Yoruba in Nigeria, manifested and surviving vividly in Cuba, the Bata drum patterns symbolize sacred texts. In Arabic music the metric patterns stem from lines of poetry. In Wolof culture Bakas are small personal poems that define a drummer's identity and purpose in life; they are also played and used as breaks or signals to alter the flow of the music." Inspired by these rich traditions, "Say and Play" draws upon the inner energy and creativity of the cultures, as Batagraf continues to explore the relation between language and rhythms, also offering language that celebrates the rhythms of nature, as in Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen's poetry:

a cloud answers the call of rain
and plays hundred-handed on a fern

as summer answers
the call of autumn
as the sky pulls down rain
and drums with it

Pedersen, a well-known Norwegian poet and dramatist is a recent addition to Batagraf's mutable ranks, and he reads texts from his books Samlede dikt (Collected Poems), Geitehjerte (A Goat's Heart), and Erfaring og forsvinning (Experience and Disappearance). English translations of texts used on "Say and Play" can be read at
Artikelnummer ECM2245
Streckkod 0602527804903
Utgivningsdatum 2011-10-24
Kategori Jazz
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Balke, Jon
Disk: 1
1 Baka #65
2 Everyday Music
3 Riddle #1
4 Calmly
5 Vjup
6 Tonk
7 The Wind Calmer
8 Riddle #2
9 Azulito
10 Hundred-Handed
11 One Change
12 Winds
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