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Beyond Other Stories

Grete Skarpeid

Beyond Other Stories

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558281327
Catnr: ORIGIN 82813
Release date: 07 May 2021
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Label
Origin Records
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0805558281327
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ORIGIN 82813
Release date
07 May 2021
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Norwegian vocalist/composer Grete Skarpeid's "Beyond Other Stories" is contemporary word painting at its finest, with rhythmic contours beautifully enhanced by a quartet of master musicians, led by Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz. Skarpeid draws us into the interior landscape of life with an eerily beautiful sense of freedom in her voice, mixing melancholy and joy, vulnerability and splendor. Ortiz’s beautifully crafted arrangements of variety and sensuousness, are captured in every caressed phrase by Skarpeid. The music shines from the ethereal magnificence of “Singing Again,” which sets to music a poem by the noted Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge, through the feelings of spiritual loss evoked in “Adam and Eve,” to the existential weightlessness of “Flying High.” The unlikely musical partnership of Grete and Aruán began by happenstance when Ortiz passed through Grete's remote hometown while touring Norway with Don Byron. Grete shared some of her original songs with Ortiz, who instantly fell in love with her music and encouraged her to write more, later collaborating in New York on Skarpeid’s first album, "My Songs" in 2016.
Die norwegische Sängerin/Komponistin Grete Skarpeid's "Beyond Other Stories" ist zeitgenössische Wortmalerei vom Feinsten, mit rhythmischen Konturen, die durch ein Quartett von Meistermusikern, angeführt vom kubanischen Pianisten Aruán Ortiz, wunderschön verstärkt werden. Skarpeid zieht uns in die innere Landschaft des Lebens mit einem unheimlich schönen Gefühl der Freiheit in ihrer Stimme, die Melancholie und Freude, Verletzlichkeit und Glanz mischt. Ortiz' wunderschön gestaltete Arrangements voller Abwechslung und Sinnlichkeit, werden von Skarpeid in jeder sanften Phrase eingefangen. Die Musik glänzt von der ätherischen Pracht von "Singing Again", das ein Gedicht des bekannten norwegischen Dichters Olav H. Hauge vertont, über die Gefühle des spirituellen Verlusts, die in "Adam and Eve" heraufbeschworen werden, bis zur existenziellen Schwerelosigkeit von "Flying High". Die unwahrscheinliche musikalische Partnerschaft von Grete und Aruán begann zufällig, als Ortiz durch Gretes abgelegene Heimatstadt fuhr, während er mit Don Byron durch Norwegen tourte. Grete teilte einige ihrer Originalsongs mit Ortiz, der sich sofort in ihre Musik verliebte und sie ermutigte, mehr zu schreiben. Später arbeiteten sie in New York an Skarpeids erstem Album "My Songs" (2016).

Artist(s)

Grete Skarpeid (vocals)

Grete Skarpeid has always had a close association with music. She spent her childhood days in Stavanger, Norway constantly singing, playing the piano or listening to records. Joining a choir led her further on to singing solo. Musically she has been inspired by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Maria Joan and many others, as well as the great classical composers whose music she has enjoyed extensively over the years.  The improvisational nature of jazz and its unexpected rhythmic flows and harmonic explorations has been of special interest to Grete particularly after her two years with the Freiburg jazz choir in Germany.  After obtaining her Masters degree in Music Therapy, Grete has concentrated most of her professional work as a speech therapist in her...
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Grete Skarpeid has always had a close association with music. She spent her childhood days in Stavanger, Norway constantly singing, playing the piano or listening to records. Joining a choir led her further on to singing solo. Musically she has been inspired by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Maria Joan and many others, as well as the great classical composers whose music she has enjoyed extensively over the years. The improvisational nature of jazz and its unexpected rhythmic flows and harmonic explorations has been of special interest to Grete particularly after her two years with the Freiburg jazz choir in Germany. After obtaining her Masters degree in Music Therapy, Grete has concentrated most of her professional work as a speech therapist in her hometown Voss. Her busy day also contains family, running an active woman's choir and working with both her own solo singing and playing with other musicians, among them Frode Fjellheim's project Biejjien vuelie.

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Rob Waring (vibraphone)

Aruán Ortiz (piano)

Composer(s)

Grete Skarpeid (vocals)

Grete Skarpeid has always had a close association with music. She spent her childhood days in Stavanger, Norway constantly singing, playing the piano or listening to records. Joining a choir led her further on to singing solo. Musically she has been inspired by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Maria Joan and many others, as well as the great classical composers whose music she has enjoyed extensively over the years.  The improvisational nature of jazz and its unexpected rhythmic flows and harmonic explorations has been of special interest to Grete particularly after her two years with the Freiburg jazz choir in Germany.  After obtaining her Masters degree in Music Therapy, Grete has concentrated most of her professional work as a speech therapist in her...
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Grete Skarpeid has always had a close association with music. She spent her childhood days in Stavanger, Norway constantly singing, playing the piano or listening to records. Joining a choir led her further on to singing solo. Musically she has been inspired by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Maria Joan and many others, as well as the great classical composers whose music she has enjoyed extensively over the years. The improvisational nature of jazz and its unexpected rhythmic flows and harmonic explorations has been of special interest to Grete particularly after her two years with the Freiburg jazz choir in Germany. After obtaining her Masters degree in Music Therapy, Grete has concentrated most of her professional work as a speech therapist in her hometown Voss. Her busy day also contains family, running an active woman's choir and working with both her own solo singing and playing with other musicians, among them Frode Fjellheim's project Biejjien vuelie.

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