Periskop is delighted to announce that we’ll be releasing Juhani Silvola’s solo debut on March 4th, 2016. The album features 8 tracks produced by the artist himself and performed with the help of his brother Timo Silvola on drums, and his wife Sarah-Jane Summers on violin. Featuring artwork by Jens Jørgen Krogsveen Carelius, the album will be available on cd, streaming services and as a digital download.
Released on March 4th, 2016
Cd, download, streaming
Juhani Silvola: Guitars, synthesizers, electronics and percussion
Sarah-Jane Summers: Fiddle & viola
Timo Silvola: Drums & percussion
Strange Flowers is the long-awaited solo debut from guitarist/producer Juhani Silvola. The album aims to explore optimism and pessimism through a utopian and dystopian view of the world and human race. Most of the songs are painted in dark colours, others offer glimpses of light.
Strange Flowers reflects Silvola’s versatile background as album producer, in-demand guitarist and improviser. Produced with all the trimmings of a modern pop record, the album also explores the energy and ferocity found in genres that Silvola grew up listening to such as black metal and hip hop. Silvola has previously worked with a range of high profile groups in a varierty of styles, from the cult-group Sacred Harp to Earlybird Stringband and the Sami group Adjagás. Silvola also co-produced Highasakite’s album All That Floats Will Rain.
Silvola picked his fellow musicians among those who know him best. His wife Sarah-Jane Summers is one of Scotland’s premiere folk musicians, and plays the fiddle and viola with a unique tone and style. Juhani’s brother Timo Silvola is an in-demand drummer who plays with bands such as Like Rats From A Sinking Ship and Barren Womb.
Guitars, synthesizers, electronics and precussion are played by Silvola himself, who also self- produced and mixed the album. The recordings were made in Parachute Studio by Roar Nilsen, and the mastering was done by Helge Sten. As with other releases from Periskop the artwork and design is by Jens Jørgen Carelius Krogsveen.
1. The Gods That Built This Place Were Mad
2. Vents Of The Underworld
3. Strange Flowers Bloomed
4. The Last Modernist
5. Black Breath, Black Blood
7. The First Beast
8. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
All music composed, arranged, produced and mixed by Juhani Silvola.
Additional mixing by Christoffer Brenna.
Recorded by Roar Nilsen at Parachute Studios and by Juhani Silvola at Kongens Gate.
Mastered by Helge Sten.
All instruments played by Juhani Silvola, except:
Fiddle & viola: Sarah-Jane Summers
Drums & percussion: Timo Silvola
Painting & artwork by Jens J. Carelius Krogsveen.
Photo by Johannes Selvaag.
Executive producer: Hayden Powell
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When Hayden Powell’s recent album Circadian Rhythm & Blues was release, the band played a release concert in Tøyen Kirke in Oslo. This beautiful church has a great acoustic and a wonderful piano, and was a logical choice as the solo part of the album was recorded there. Now, subscribers to Tidal can see a 35-minute video of the concert, filmed and edited by Sigurd Ytre-Arne from konsertfilm.no. the video includes live versions of tunes from the album, some solo playing by yours truly and a brand new tune written by our bass played Jo Skaansar – suitably entitled “A Fresh Start”.
Watch the video on Tidal here
Song “Sleepless” from Hayden Powell’s album Circadian Rhythm & Blues (2015)
Video by Kristine Tjøgersen
Hayden Powell – Firebird trumpet
Øyvind Gundersen – recording and sound production
Morgan Nicolaysen – mastering
Hayden Powell: trumpet and firebird
Eyolf Dale: piano
Jo Skaansar: bass
Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen: electronics
Released September 25th 2015
Double cd, download, Streaming
Circadian Rhythm & Blues is trumpeter Hayden Powell’s most personal and ambitious work to date. The double album kicks off with a set of tunes from Powell’s acoustic trio and continues into a new realm of solo improvisations, soundscapes and electronics.
The term Circadian Rhythm refers to the body’s internal clock and underlying cycles of sleep and metabolism. Circadian rhythms also respond to impulses such as light and temperature. There’s a similar duality in music. We all have our own aesthetics, but must relate to our surroundings, other musicians, the audience and our own feelings and aspirations. On this album, Powell and his ensemble guide us through a 24-hour cycle, with songs such as “Reveille”, “Late Night Politics” and “Sleepless”, all conveying a range of different moods.
“In the summer of 2014 the trio started working on new tracks – we wanted to make something more extrovert and punchy. During the same period I started work on a solo album, which, for me, represents a long-held ambition in my development as a working musician. The two projects began to ripen simultaneously and ideas and inspirations were shared between them. Many of the basic musical ideas are similar but the end result has taken very different forms influenced by those with whom I’ve worked and by where I’ve been. Hence the reference to the concept of Circadian Rhythm, which I also find fascinating in its own sense”.
The trio section of “Circadian Rhythm & Blues” features Powell’s regular ensemble of recent years: pianist Eyolf Dale and bassist Jo Skaansar. Both are sensitive and intuitive musicians who provide an ideal partnership for Powell’s lyrical and dynamic trumpet playing. This part of the album was recorded in Copenhagen, during an intensive three-day stay in the studio The Village, with the engineer August Wanngren.
The solo part has been created in collaboration with producer Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen (Hanne Kolstø, Atlanta, Siri Nilsen) and recorded in Tøyen Church in Oslo – a room with a wonderful acoustic. The whole thing was mastered by Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller Mastering. Jens Jørgen Carelius Krogsveen designed the cover, which includes images by the photographer Anne Valeur. The album will be released on Powell’s own label Periskop and is available on a double-CD and via digital streaming services.
Hayden Powell has previously released two albums, The Attic in 2011 and Roots and Stems in 2013.
Hayden Powell – trumpet
Eyolf Dale – piano
Jo Skaansar – double bass
05 The Cat’s Idea
08 Late Night Politics
Hayden Powell – trumpet and firebird
01 Suddenly Alone
03 Red Sky at Night
08 Ville de Montréal
09 Water Song
10 Cat in a Box
11 Wakeup Call (remix)
Executive Producer: Hayden Powell
Disc 1 recorded on February 8th-10th at The Village Studios, Copenhagen, by August Wanngren.
Mixed by August Wanngren at We Know Music Studios, Copenhagen.
Disc 2 recorded and mixed by Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen in Tøyen Kirke and Adamstuen during December 2014 and April 2015. Co-produced by Gundersen and Powell.
Mastered by Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller Mastering, Oslo.
Artwork by Jens Jørgen Carelius Krogsveen. Photos by Anne Valeur.
All compositions by Hayden Powell except Mascot by Eyolf Dale.
Electronics on Sleepless by Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen.
Wakeup Call (remix) by Øyvind Røsrud Gundersen and Hayden Powell, based on recordings by Hayden Powell Trio.
Song Bassclarinetteblues from Hayden Powell’s album Roots and Stems (2013).
Hayden Powell – trumpet
Eyolf Dale – piano
Jo Skaansar – bass
Video by Daniel Kjellesvik
Hayden Powell: trumpet
Eyolf Dale: piano
Jo Skaansar: bass
Released on October 25th 2013
Double cd, download, Streaming
Catalogue: PSK101 (cd), PSK102 (vinyl)
Two years after the success of his debut album The Attic, trumpeter Hayden Powell is ready to release its sequel, Roots and Stems. The album is an intimate encounter with a captivating trio, putting pianist Eyolf Dale and bassist Jo Skaansar alongside Powell. Recorded in Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug and featuring excellent artwork by Jens Carelius, this album is worth looking out for.
Roots and Stems consists of ten songs that might be described as melodic, acoustic chamber jazz. Most are initially composed by Powell and then further developed by the band through numerous concert performances. Having worked with a number of guests on the previous album, Powell is now stripping away everything but the trio, giving each musician more space and responsibility. The result is a transparent, open sound with a wide dynamic range and original arrangements.
The band wasted no time and recorded the entire album in just one day. To ensure the very best sound, this was done at Jan Erik Kongshaug’s legendary Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway. Towards the end of the session, friends and colleagues were invited to an intimate in-studio concert. The resulting special energy led to the band using almost exclusively these recordings on the album.
The trio is now looking forward to its release concert at the Norwegian National Jazz Scene Victoria on 30th October. This is the largest and most important stage for jazz in Norway, and the group’s last album release two years ago filled the hall to the brim with 450 spectators. The album will be the first to be released on Powell’s new label, Periscope, and is distributed through Musikkoperatørene. The cover was designed by musician/designer Jens Carelius and reflects the balance between freedom and control found in the music.
Hayden Powell is a trumpet player and composer based in Oslo. Powell is originally from England but moved to Norway as a child and grew up in Molde on the western fjords. He works in a variety of styles with an emphasis on jazz and improvised music, and released his debut album as a band leader, The Attic, in September 2011. Powell is also a member of the highly original brass quartet Magic Pocket, and has worked with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra as both a musician and composer. He has recorded and released music by artists as diverse as Iro Haarla, Solfrid Molland and Jens Carelius.
Eyolf Dale has released two solo albums in his own name of which the last, Hometown Interludes, was released earlier this autumn. He has also released several albums with the sax/piano duo Albatrosh (on Rune Grammofon), and has written music for Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.
Jo Skaansar is a highly sought-after bass player on the Norwegian jazz scene. In 2010, he released the album Den Blåaste Natt, featuring lyrics by Norwegian poet Edvard Hoem, and has contributed to a number of concerts and productions with musicians such as Trygve Seim, Per Jørgensen and Jon Larsen.
1. Roots and Stems
2. Bassclarinetteblues 3. Skysailing
5. Self-Calibration #3 6. Intro
10. Quiet Exit
Produced by Hayden Powell
Recorded on 16th November 2012 at Rainbow Studio,
Oslo, by Peer Espen Ursfjord and Jan Erik Kongshaug
Mixed and mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo Artwork by Jens Jørgen Carelius Krogsveen
All compositions by Hayden Powell, except Quiet Exit by Eyolf Dale