Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
Northern Voices by Stefan Thorpenberg
”Northern Voices is a freeform project, built on monologues by Stefan Thorpenberg, and performed by the American performance artist Michele Collins. Thorpenberg plays guitar, and Brakophonic from GuitCussion synth-guitar. Henrik Wartel and Per Anders Skytt from GuitCussion play drums, and Jonny Wartel (known from Position Alpha) saxophone, clarinet and soprillo. Bosse Stenholm from Backa Teater plays double bass, tuba and violin.
The monologues were once described as being about ”the 1900s”, since they pictures the development in both West and East during the last century. All tunes were improvised in one take in the studio, only the texts are written before. The texts can be found on the Bandcamp site, when clicking on the title. The terms discussed are, among other things, the reification concepts and also the scandinavian so called ”jante law”, described by Aksel Sandemose, with the meaning, ”you should not believe that you are better, at least not better than us”.
Michele Collins: Voice
Stefan Thorpenberg: Texts and Guitars
Gunnar Backman: Virtual Guitar, Live loops
Bo Stenholm: Tuba, Double Bass and Violin
Jonny Wartel: Saxophone, Clarinet, Soprillo
Per Anders Skytt: Drums
Henrik Wartel: Drums
Mixing and Mastring by Gunnar Backman at Brakophonic Studios for Stefanovitj Productions
Cover Art: Gunnar Backman – from a photo by Stefan Thorpenberg
Recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden, 17 December 2015