Kari Iveland’s Impressions of Madagascar

Norway – Kari Iveland has a new recording, Avtrykk
(Impressions), featuring her band playing with choirs and musicians from
Madagascar. After releasing the Vektbs (Weightless) CD on the KKV label
in 2002, Kari Iveland is now presenting music new and old from Madagascar.

Songs have traveled across oceans and continents and been heard and recreated
far from their origins. Such are the impressions on Kari Iveland’s new CD. She
traveled to Madagascar and found new versions of the songs Europeans exported
more than a hundred years ago. The album features performances by Iveland, four Malagasy choirs, two Malagasy
instrumentalists and four Norwegian musicians joining forces to present a
Malagasy, Norwegian and international repertoire. The Norwegian musicians are
Anders Renningen (guitar, valiha). Rune Arnesen (drums), Sveinung Hovensjo
(bass) and 0ivind Christiansen (harmonium). The four Malagasy choirs are Anakoro,
Feon ‘ny fifohazana Mahavatse, KTKT and Lova. The two Malagasy instrumentalists
playing flutes and drums are Patrice Ratsimbazafy and Jean Batiste Ranaivoarisoa.

The CD was recorded in the Cathedral in Tulear in cooperation between Det Norske
Misjonsselskap (the Norwegian Missionary Society) and KKV. Avtrykk (KKV
FXCD 286) is available from KKV.

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.