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Thomas Strønen, Time Is A Blind Guide

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Behind the intriguing name Time Is A Blind Guide hides a collective driven by Thomas Strønen. With Lucus, the drummer and composer from Oslo offers a revised version of this acoustic band, in the reduced form of a quintet showcasing the Japanese pianist Ayumi Tanaka. She talks about her improvisation work as an attempt to create associative links between Japan and Norway, a trend that the Norwegian encourages throughout this record with a rather radiant orchestral writing that highlights a concrete sense of space. As in the first eponymous album of Time Is A Blind Guide released in 2015, you’ll find here deeply moving interventions by string experts, the quintet potentially including within itself both a string trio and a piano trio. By the finesse of his production, Manfred Eichner manages to transcribe every single detail of grain and texture of the band’s sound universe, notably seizing the oneiric halo of its harmonics in the exceptional acoustics of the Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano. It’s a sound that is one with this music that owes as much to jazz as it does to improvised music, to folklore and to classical music from the 20th century. Produced by Mr. ECM himself, Lucus gathers together Strønen and Tanaka, Håkon Aase on violin, Lucy Railton on violoncello and Ole Morten Vågan on double bass. © CM/Qobuz

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1
La Bella
00:04:24

Ole Morten Vågan, Composer, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Composer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
Friday
00:04:05

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Release
00:05:46

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Lucus
00:03:46

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2017 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Fugitive Places
00:07:14

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Baka
00:02:07

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Wednesday
00:05:09

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Tension
00:06:30

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Truth Grows Gradually
00:04:27

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Islay
00:04:00

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Weekend
00:04:46

Ole Morten Vågan, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Lucy Railton, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Strønen, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stefano Amerio, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Håkon Aase, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayumi Tanaka, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Time Is A Blind Guide, MainArtist

℗ 2018 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Behind the intriguing name Time Is A Blind Guide hides a collective driven by Thomas Strønen. With Lucus, the drummer and composer from Oslo offers a revised version of this acoustic band, in the reduced form of a quintet showcasing the Japanese pianist Ayumi Tanaka. She talks about her improvisation work as an attempt to create associative links between Japan and Norway, a trend that the Norwegian encourages throughout this record with a rather radiant orchestral writing that highlights a concrete sense of space. As in the first eponymous album of Time Is A Blind Guide released in 2015, you’ll find here deeply moving interventions by string experts, the quintet potentially including within itself both a string trio and a piano trio. By the finesse of his production, Manfred Eichner manages to transcribe every single detail of grain and texture of the band’s sound universe, notably seizing the oneiric halo of its harmonics in the exceptional acoustics of the Auditorio Stelio Molo in Lugano. It’s a sound that is one with this music that owes as much to jazz as it does to improvised music, to folklore and to classical music from the 20th century. Produced by Mr. ECM himself, Lucus gathers together Strønen and Tanaka, Håkon Aase on violin, Lucy Railton on violoncello and Ole Morten Vågan on double bass. © CM/Qobuz

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