La notte

Ketil Bjørnstad

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Commissioned by the Molde International Jazz Festival and recorded live at the Norwegian festival in 2010, “La notte” is a salute to Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, whom Ketil Bjørnstad counts amongst his formative influences. “At the same time that I discovered what jazz could be, after listening to Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way, I also saw the films by Godard, Bresson and Antonioni. Perhaps it was the slow, rhythmic authority in the films by Michelangelo Antonioni that made me think of music… As long as visual art creates music in our minds, and music creates pictures and visual expressions with the same intensity, the two are deeply and profoundly interdependent”. This album, then, can be considered “the soundtrack to an inner film”, in which Antonioni’s images and atmospheres are translated and transformed through personal moods and memories. For the Molde concert, Bjørnstad convened a special Norwegian-Danish-German-British band of musicians, old and new friends closely associated with ECM. The concert was rapturously received by the media, and described as an “absolutely stunning performance” by All About Jazz.

Mit dem Album „La Notte“ erweist der norwegische Komponist, Pianist und Schriftsteller Ketil Bjørnstad einem seiner frühesten und nachhaltigsten künstlerischen Einflüsse seinen Tribut: den Filmen von Michelangelo Antonioni.
„Es war wohl die langsame, rhythmische Autorität in den Filmen von Michelangelo Antonioni, die mich an Musik denken ließ, selbst wenn es in einem Film wie ‚L’Eclisse’ gar keine Musik gab. Aber die letzte Szene in diesem Film, mit ihrem Fokus auf das Apartmenthaus und dem zu einem neuen Tag erwachenden Rom, ist eben Musik für mich“, sagt der Musiker.
Und so komponierte Bjørnstad acht von der Filmsprache Antonionis inspirierte Stücke, die er mit einem Ensemble aus bestens von vielen anderen ECM-Alben bekannten Musikern (Andy Sheppard, Saxofon; Anja Lechner, Cello; Eivind Aarset, Gitarre; Arild Andersen, Baß, und Marilyn Mazur, Percussion) beim Jazz Festival im norwegischen Molde vorstellte, wo das vorliegende Album live aufgenommen wurde.
Featured Artists Recorded

July 2010, Bjørnsonhallen, Molde

  • 1La notte I
    (Ketil Bjørnstad)
    06:53
  • 2La notte II
    (Ketil Bjørnstad)
    08:23
  • 3La notte III
    (Ketil Bjørnstad)
    04:36
  • 4La notte IV
    (Ketil Bjørnstad)
    05:27
  • 5La notte V
    (Ketil Bjørnstad)
    08:31
  • 6La notte VI
    (Ketil Bjørnstad)
    06:44
  • 7La notte VII
    (Ketil Bjørnstad)
    07:04
  • 8La notte VIII
    (Ketil Bjørnstad)
    07:00
“La notte” was commissioned by the Molde International Jazz Festival and recorded live at the Norwegian festival in 2010. It is a salute to Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni, whom Ketil Bjørnstad counts amongst his formative influences.

Ketil Bjørnstad: “At the same time that I discovered what jazz could be, after listening to Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way, I also saw the films by Godard, Bresson and Antonioni. It happened in that period of life when one is specially open-minded and curious about everything new. You could move into a dark cinema theatre in the early afternoon and watch the new and the old masters. Perhaps it was the slow, rhythmic authority in the films by Michelangelo Antonioni that made me think of music... As long as visual art creates music in our minds, and music creates pictures and visual expressions with the same intensity, the two are deeply and profoundly interdependent”. This album, then, can be considered “the soundtrack to an inner film”, in which Antonioni’s images and atmospheres are translated and transformed through personal moods and memories.

To perform his Antonioni-inspired compositions, Bjørnstad convened a Norwegian-Danish-British-German cast of players associated with ECM. All About Jazz editor John Kelman reviewed the live performance in Molde: “Bjørnstad is known for his compelling writing, the kind of music that's as much a spiritual journey as it is a sonic one. And being a published poet and writer of both fiction and non-fiction, it's no surprise that his music often possesses a strong narrative arc. Bjørnstad combined the familiar and the new: familiar, in the kinds of serpentine yet singable melodies he has always written; new, in the breadth of dynamic of a performance that ranged from near-silence to thunderous power and maelstrom-like turbulence... The pacing of the set couldn't have been better either, with each leap into exhilarating dramatism matched by subtler interludes ( ...) The show also demonstrated how well these musicians – from a broad range of personal stylistic endeavors – could come together to create music that was filled with grace, passion, beauty and power. Speaking with a single voice, and filtered through Bjørnstad’s musical prism, but never sounding like anyone other than themselves.”

The live recording was mixed by Manfred Eicher and Jan Erik Kongshaug at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in March 2012.
YEAR DATE VENUE LOCATION
2023 March 30 Pfleghofsaal Langenau, Germany
2023 March 31 Schloß Engers Neuwied, Germany
2023 April 01 Schloß Engers Neuwied, Germany
2023 May 06 Stadttheater Landsberg a. Lech, Germany