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Hlaskontrabasoktet - Kaleidoscapes

Hlaskontrabasoktet - Kaleidoscapes

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The unique musical formation Hlaskontrabas Oktet, consisting of four female singers and fourdouble bassists, releases a new "Nordic" album called Kaleidoscapes. The album, which wasrecorded last summer in Iceland and then in the fall at Sono Records studios in the Czech Republic, takes the listener on a musical journey through landscapes that are mysterious, fragile, wild and beautifully melancholic. The nine compositions have been written directlyfor Hlaskontrabas by leading contemporary composers from Norway (Mats Eilertsen, Nilsokland), Iceland (Ragnheidur Grondal and Gudmundur Petursson, Petur Thor Benediktsson), Israel (Adam Ben Ezra) and the Czech Republic (Petr Wajsar, Beata Hlavenkova). Ridina Ahmedova and Petr Tichy, the founders of the band, also contributed each by one piece to thealbum. Ridina says about the recording: "Often you record one instrument at a time, but wechose the path of playing together, live. This way the record gives the listener the right 'live' feeling." Hlaskontrabas Oktet was formed in 2019 as an extension of the original duo project foundedby Czech vocalist, composer and performer Ridina Ahmedova and double bassist and composer Petr Tichy. At the very beginning of the idea to expand the duo to four voices and four double basses was the idea to use live musicians instead of a looper, which Ridina and Petr used to layer tracks over each other in concerts, and to bring their own musical soul to the songs. But it turned out that writing pieces directly for the octet offered the opportunity to arrange and think musically in a completely different way. And the octet soon started to live on it's own. A vibrant, unique and inspiring life. The song Funkle, which was released as the first single, was also accompanied by a documentary video from the octet ´s journey to Iceland. The second single, which will be released on April 12, is the track Mysterious Ride by Israeli double bassist Adam Ben Ezra.
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Product Description:

  • Release Date: June 14, 2024

  • UPC: 8594211850445

  • Catalog Number: ANI125-2

  • Label: Animal Music

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Ridina Ahmedova, Petur Thor Benediktsson, Mats Eilertsen, Adam Ben Ezra, Ragnheidur Grondal, Beata H

  • Performer: Mats Eilertsen, Nils Okland, Ragnheidur Grondal, Gudmundur Petursson, Petur Thor Benediktsson, Adam