Ad Lucem

Anders Jormin

Bassist Anders Jormin steps out with one of his projects, with an ensemble formed for the Swedish Jazz Celebration 2010. Anders sets his own lyrics – written in ancient Latin – and poetry of Denmark’s Pia Tafdrup for singers Mariam Wallentin and Erika Angell. Anders: “Latin seems to carry an almost magic ability to embrace and express whatever humanity has needed to communicate. The sense of eternity and mystery of this ancient language joined with the instantaneous presence and creativity of true improvisers became the inspiring framework in which the distinctive compositions came alive.” Improvisers on hand are the great Swedish free sax player Fredrik Ljungkvist and Jormin’s highly expressive partner from the Bobo Stenson Trio, drummer Jon Fält.

Featured Artists Recorded

January 2011, Studio Epidemin, Göteborg

  • 1Hic et nunc
    (Anders Jormin)
    06:55
  • 2Quibus
    (Anders Jormin)
    06:05
  • 3Clamor
    (Anders Jormin)
    05:39
  • 4Vigor
    (Anders Jormin, Jon Fält)
    02:50
  • 5Inter semper et numquam
    (Pia Tafdrup, Anders Jormin)
    03:58
  • 6Lignum
    (Anders Jormin, Erika Angell, Fredrik Ljungkvist, Jon Fält, Mariam Wallentin)
    00:34
  • 7Matutinum
    (Anders Jormin)
    04:20
  • 8Vox animæ
    (Anders Jormin)
    05:04
  • 9Vesper est
    (Anders Jormin)
    04:08
  • 10Lux
    (Anders Jormin)
    06:22
  • 11Cæruleus
    (Anders Jormin)
    05:10
  • 12Matutinum - Clausula
    (Anders Jormin)
    01:02
Anders Jormin’s third leader date for ECM (following 1999’s “Xieyi” and 2003’s “In Winds, In Light), is a song cycle with texts mostly in Latin (an exception is “Vox Animae”, with English words) and, on “Inter Semper et Nunquam”, poetry of Denmark’s Pia Tafdrup. Originally commissioned for the Swedish Jazz Celebration 2010, the success of the first live presentations encouraged Anders to develop “Ad Lucem” further, and to retain the members of the featured ensemble as his new band.

Latin, Anders feels, “carries an almost magic ability to embrace and express whatever humanity has needed to communicate. The sense of eternity and mystery of this ancient language joined with the instantaneous presence and creativity of true improvisers became the inspiring framework in which the distinctive compositions came alive.” The improvisers on hand include free sax and clarinet player Fredrik Ljungkvist – last heard on ECM in 2008 with the band Parish - and Jormin’s highly expressive colleague from the Bobo Stenson Trio, drummer Jon Fält. The three of them – Jormin, Ljungkvist and Fält – have an obvious rapport, moving easily inside the structures of Anders’ compositions and making some very spirited music together (listen to the exultant “Caeruleus”). Singers Mariam Wallentin and Erika Angell, on hand to delineate Jormin’s melodies, also contribute to the improvisational flow, adding wordless vocals to “Clamor” and “Vigor”, for instance.

Wallentin and Angell are active in music beyond ‘jazz’. Wallentin has made a name for herself in the Swedish pop-blues-experimental duo Wildbirds and Peacedrums with husband Andreas Werliin on percussion. Angell is vocalist-leader of pop band Thus:Owls and sings also in electro-improv duo The Moth. The powerful playing of Fredrik Ljungvist, meanwhile, has been heard in many improvisational contexts. Ljungkvist has played with, amongst many others, Raymond Strid, Mats Gustafsson, Marc Ducret, John Taylor und Axel Dörner and has toured Europe and America as a member of Ken Vandermark’s band. He is a founder-member of Swedish-Norwegian improvising collective Atomic.

The highly-detailed and responsive drumming of Jon Fält put him, as Anders notes, at both the centre and the extremes of any musical meeting. In the Stenson Trio, Fält had the difficult task of following two of modern jazz’s greatest drummers – Jon Christensen and Paul Motian – yet he has found his own unique way to address the music. The special understanding that Fält and Jormin share in the Stenson context is taken to the next level in “Ad Lucem”.