Vintermåne (Lindberg Lyd NOMPPO201001, 2002)
Norway seems to produce quite a few excellent groups that combine melancholic Scandinavian folk music with jazz and atmospheric sounds. Vintermåne is a group formed by three outstanding musicians: Anne Gravir Klykken on vocals, Frøydis Grorud on saxophone and Torjus Vierli on piano and keyboards. The sound of the group is clean and full of exquisite ambience. There is little jazz improvisation in the group’s music. The group’s sound is characterized by Anne Gravir Klykken’s beautiful vocals performing duets with Frøydis Grorud’s sax, accompanied by Torjus Vierli’s minimalist piano.
The album features several guests musicians. The one that attracted my attention is Jørn Simenstad, who plays the delicate willow flute, one of the most wonderful instruments from the Nordic lands.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.