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Sinikka Langeland
Starflowers

Sinikka Langeland vocal, kantele
Arve Henriksen trumpet
Trygve Seim tenor and soprano saxophones
Anders Jormin double-bass
Markku Ounaskari percussion
 
Høstnatt på Fjellskogen
Den lille fløyten
Sølv
Treet som vekser opp-ned
Saltstein
Sus i myrull
Støv
Stjernestund
Langt innpå skoga
Det er ei slik natt
Vindtreet
Elghjertet
Har du lyttet til elvene om natta?

Recorded May 2006
ECM 1996
 
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“Starflowers” is a fascinating ECM debut for Norwegian vocalist and kantele player Sinikka Langeland. A folk singer from the forest lands near the Swedish border, Langeland explores in her work the relationship between man and nature. On this disc she sets verse of lumberjack-poet Hans Børli (1918-89), with help from an outstanding ensemble including trumpeter Arve Henriksen, saxophonist Trygve Seim, bassist Anders Jormin and percussionist Markku Ounaskari. Altogether: a marvellous confluence of folk music, sung poetry and Nordic improvisation brilliantly marshalled in Manfred Eicher’s production.