Photo: - Pressefoto 2011

Eple Trio tours Japan

Late May sees jazz outfit Eple Trio heading out on a nine-date tour of Japan.

Celebrated contemporary jazz outfit Eple Trio, made up of pianist Andreas Ulvo, bassist Sigurd Hole, and drumer Jonas H. Sjøvaag, have refined their tight interplay over several years; slowly developing musical interaction and expanding the soundscape and possibilities of the modern trio. Eple Trio's members are all sought-after sidemen on the Norwegian music scene, having collaborated with some of Norways finest jazz performers such as Karl Seglem, Mathias Eick and Jon Eberson.

Late May/early June sees the trio heading out on a nine-date tour of Japan, playing gigs in Tokyo, Chiba, Kobe, Kanazawa, Yokohama and Saitama. Tour dates and venue info is found in the calendar section below.

Eple Trio’s two celebrated albums; ‘In the Clearing’ and ‘In the Cavern, were recorded during an intense week deep in the desolate forests of Sweden. Says the trio’s member on the recording process: - When driving to the studio, the last leg of the journey is on a gravel road through dense vegetation, and although we noisily arrived in cars, we spotted a fox crossing the road, an eagle on territorial watch and some deer grazing lazily in the pine tree shadows. This set the mood for the week to come; a complete focus on music, playing and interaction, and thus an effort to expand our sound inspired by these wondrously calm surroundings.

Influenced more than ever by Scandinavia - our nature, our cold, our summers and our wildlife - this is, in many ways, programme music and a tonal description of a part of the northern hemisphere. It all felt very natural to us when playing, so we experienced very little of the confusion, doubts and errors often associated with the recording process. Naturally we recorded several takes on many songs, but although these compositions rely either heavily or entirely on improvisation both in form and harmony, we recorded versions where the length of the take matched the previous version to the second. This is a very satisfying feeling when in the studio, as it means that we have developed a common sense of mood and time, and a level of precision that allows us to stop thinking and just play.

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