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Agnes Buen Garnås/Jan Garbarek


Country of origin:

Norway

Type of music generally:

Ethereal versions of traditional Norwegian songs

Status:

Only release as a duo, Rosenfole: Music based on Medieval Songs from Norway, 1989; Agnes Buen Garnås also contributes vocals to Jan Garbarek's Twelve Moons album.

See also:

Agnes Buen Garnås's site (in Norwegian, but has an English summary)

Wikipedia's page for Agnes Buen Garnås and for Jan Garbarek

ECM Records' Jan Garbarek info

The Ectophiles' Guide entry for Agnes Buen Garnås's solo work

Comparisons:

This sound is perhaps the genesis of Emma Härdelin of Garmana's vocal style; Mari Boine's music is a little similar to this; Kirsten Bråten Berg also does some vocals like this, particularly on the Nordisk Sang disc

Covers/own material:

Based on traditional songs

General comments:

Music based on medieval songs from Norway, arranged and played by Jan Garbarek (sax, synths, perc). (Dirk.Kastens@rz.Uni-Osnabrueck.DE)

This is a project of famous jazz musician Jan Garbarek. Here he joins with singer Agnes Buen Garnås to do an album of music based on medieval Norwegian songs. These are atmospheric backgrounds with the sharp, nasal, but also beautiful sound of Agnes Buen Garnås' voice. It does have a medieval feel, and also has the sound of the wide open wintery northern spaces. Exquisite. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Rosenfole: Music based on Medieval Songs from Norway

Recordings:

Rosenfole: Music based on Medieval Songs from Norway

Rosenfole: Music based on Medieval Songs from Norway

Release info:

1989—ECM/BMG (Germany/U.S.) ECM 1402 78118-21402-2

Availability:

Wide on release and still available

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Agnes Buen Garnås—vocals
Jan Garbarek—arrangements, instruments

Produced by:

Jan Garbarek and Manfred Eicher

Comments:

Highly recommended. (Dirk.Kastens@rz.Uni-Osnabrueck.DE)

Dark & Northern. Simple. Haunting. Unique. (Neile)


Further info:

Agnes Buen Garnås also contributes vocals to Jan Garbarek's Twelve Moons album.


Thanks to Dirk Kastens for his work on this entry.

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