Tord Gustavsen Featuring Simin Tander at La Peg
Mark Christman uploaded this event on April 1, 2016
Mon, June 20, 2016
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Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen. His latest trio builds upon his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad and introduces German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, exploring the tradition of Norwegian church music in untraditional ways.
The music of the trio’s debut CD, What was said (ECM), offers a mesmerizing and transcendent convergence of the various traditions represented by the members. Gustavsen and Tander worked together with an Afghan poet to translate a selection of Norwegian hymns from Gustavsen’s childhood into Pashto, while also setting to music the lyrics of 13th-century Sufi poet Jalal al-Din Rumi in the revered English translations of Coleman Barks. A final piece draws on the moving words of the Rumi-influenced Beat-era American poet Kenneth Rexroth, who famously experimented with the combination of poetry and jazz....