Forms & Poses

by Christian Meaas Svendsen

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«Forms & Poses» is Norwegian bass player Christian Meaas Svendsen’s second solo album, and features four compositions/improvisations which explores the physical connection between the human body and the double bass. Although this connection is not necessarily directly apparent to the observer, Svendsen’s hands-on approach to his instrument on this record are at least plausible to leave a physical impression in the listener’s body. The monumental «Vita» takes us on a pulsating 20 minutes long life-to-death journey through the very depths and heights of his instrument in the vibrant «Vigelandsmausoleet». In contrast, the three other tracks are recorded in Rinzai Zen-senter Oslo, and they all zoom in on the more short-lived sounds of the double bass. «aria prefix M-» is a poignant and tender ballad centered on creating harmonies by plucking both sides of a stopped string. The title track «Forms & Poses» is an arranged version of a series of excerpts utilizing hands, feet, body and bows to create complex and multi-phonic soundscapes on the bass, and the final track «Chidori» is a ferocious Tour de Force mimicking the sound of a «thousand birds». Although recorded in two entirely different settings, it is clear that Svendsen’s mind-set on all these tracks are one and the same, and the release shines as a condensed representation of his creative diversity.

Inside cover text:
Practice sitting, standing and walking. Practice writing, reading and listening. Practice smiling, laughing and singing. Practice crying. Practice awareness, attention and patience. Practice caring, sharing and giving. Practice non-attachment. Practice wisdom and compassion - beyond race, age, sex and species. Practice action. Practice sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Practice thinking and feeling. Practice breathing. Practice body, heart and mind. Practice balance. Practice gravity. Practice forms and poses. Practice love and practice Love. Practice gratitude and generosity. Practice forgiveness and humility. Practice living and practice dying. Practice resurrecting. Practice fullness. Practice nothingness. Practice being and practice non-being. Practice content and practice emptiness. Practice peace and practice being peace. Practice silence. Practice hard and practice harder. Practice practice. Practice sincerely and thoroughly. Practice every day, in every moment, always. Practice, practice, practice — and all is coming.

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released February 1, 2016

Bass and compositions/improvisations: Christian Meaas Svendsen
Track 1 recorded at Vigelandsmausoleet by Christian Obermayer, Oslo 2015
Tracks 2, 3 and 4 recorded at Rinzai Zen-center Oslo by Rune Børø, Oslo 2015
Mixed and mastered at Strype Audio by Christian Obermayer, Oslo 2015
Cover photos by Krisoffer Eikrem
Cover design by Christian Meaas Svendsen
Choreography by Caroline Skjørshammer
Copyright Christian Meaas Svendsen/Nakama Records © 2016
Thanks: Kristoffer, Caroline, Björn, Mikkel, Tobias, Rune, Guille, Christian
Big Thanks: Rinzai Zen-senter Oslo, Ashtanga Yoga Oslo, Nakama, Avin

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Nakama Records was founded as a musicians’ collective in 2015. The label arranges concerts and releases selected projects of the collective’s musicians, each of whom are connected to the expansive band Nakama. Nakama is a non-hierarchic label, respects each member’s musical agenda, and has a goal to feed the world with interesting, ground breaking, alternative music. ... more

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