Recorded at The Arctic Hideaway– a quiet retreat situated on the arctic islands of Fleinvær in the northern part of Norway – Norwegian bassist and composer Sigurd Hole´s upcoming solo double bass album Lys/Mørke (Light/Darkness) features a remarkable interplay with the natural sounds of the island. Winds of the Northern Atlantic Ocean sweep restlessly across the oceanic landscape all year round, getting stronger in early autumn as can be clearly heard in the single Duggdråper (Dewdrops) released November 1st (video below) .
The concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall February 3rd 2020 is an exclusive pre-release event for Lys/Mørke (official world-wide release date is February 14th), an album that is highly anticipated in New York / the US after the positive reception of Sigurd´s solo double bass album Elvesang of 2018:
«A master of timbral manipulation» (The New York City Jazz Record. Best of 2018. Also listed in the magazines recommended new releases section two consecutive months)
«Atmospheric solo bass» (The New York Times, Critics pick)
«Catchy minimalism» (Lucid Culture)
«Enigmatic harmonics, impressionistic melodic logic and ambient aesthetics» (JAZZIZ)
«Elvesang is an album of profound beauty and, more often than not, calming quietude. A recording that trades nuanced, delicate evocations for the merely obvious, Elvesang is all the more impressive—and captivating—for it.» (AllAboutJazz – link to review)
Sigurd has been one of Norway´s most sought after musicians for the past decade, his long list of collaborations including amongst others Tord Gustavsen trio on the trio´s latest ECM release «The Other Side», Norwegian cult trio Eple Trio, Bugge Wesseltoft and The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. He has been part of more than 40 album releases, and has appeared on stages world-wide like Lincoln Center in New York, Cadogan Hall in London, Wellington Opera House, Cidade des Artes in Rio de Janeiro and most recently at De Roma in Antwerp on November 30th 2019 performing solo double bill with Tigran Hamasayan (picture below).
In 2018 Sigurd also released the trio album Encounters (Best of 2018, Jazz Journal UK). He represents an innovative and creative approach to the double bass strongly influenced by nature and a mixture of elements from jazz/improvised music, Norwegian folk music, classical minimalism and different Eastern musical traditions. He has been nominated for Norwegian Grammys twice in recent years for his combined efforts as bassist, composer and producer. In addition to his work as an artist he has also worked as double bass teacher at The Norwegian Academy of Music (2007-2019).