Great review in british Jazz Journal! Read the whole thing here:
Having sparkled on Daniel Herskedal’s exquisite Slow Eastbound Train and demonstrated a more exploratory side with inside-outside duo Albatrosh, Eyolf Dale matches his phenomenal dexterity. Wolf Valley is actually his fifth album as a leader, and it follows in the footsteps of little big bands led by Edward Vesala, Jon Balke and more recently Christian Wallumrød. The evocative title serves as both a literal translation of the leader’s name and a splendidly apt description of its somewhat folkloric soundscapes, and packed with drama and colour, the music arrives with a considerable impact from the get-go.
Furet is a near-perfect opening gambit, its languid gait and dreamy vibes creating atmospheric suspense which draws the listener in before Dale cuts loose with a cleverly constructed solo. The simple melody of Fernanda is cunningly superimposed iver a repeating minimalist figure, while the devastatingly beautiful Shostachoral reworks an organ choral from Dale’s solo album Hometown Interludes (Curling Legs, 2013). Nilssen’s busy interjections cajole the pianist into another energetic flight on the quasi-Americana of Ban Joe, and the rasping Kompen makes oddly metered Sideways his own. The neoclassical Teglstein sees the whole ensemble improvising around a written piano part, before Dale’s partner in crime André Roligheten displays his rambunctious side on the chugging grooves of The Creek. Silent Ways is by complete contrast a fathomless pool of reflection, and The Walk closes the set with a fittingly optimistic forward view. There’s a huge pool of talent in the contemporary Scandinavian scene, and it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Dale is amongst the very best.
Saturday the 23rd of July we had our world premiere with the original “cast” of Wolf Valley at Molde International Jazz Festival. The concert was a success, and some videos from the show will be announced soon!
Thanks to Daniel Herskedal for a nice picture!
The tune “Ban Joe” from “Wolf Valley” currently tops the Apple Music’s Jazz A-list !
“Wolf Valley (it’s a literal English translation of his name) is, I suspect, Dale’s breakthrough album into a more prominent international career. It is creative jazz, atmospheric programme music, an imaginary film soundtrack, a travelogue in sound, a chamber ensemble, depending on one’s mood, and it certainly deserves to be heard very widely indeed. Whatever you want to call it, it’s absolutely gorgeous.”
The last 1,5 years I’ve participated in a research group at the Norwegian Academy of Music called “Cross-genre practicing”. The project is a part of CEMPE, Centre og Excellence in Music Performance Education, and our group has tried to find some common ground in how we rehearse, how we teach rehearsing, finding new ways to develop methods and to challenge our own conceptions.
My focus has been “how can a creative musician approach his own deficiencies and instead utilize his habits for further musical development”. I’ve worked with several students on this matter, and held several public workshops. CEMPE has now published a blog post about one of them:
Click here to read the whole text. (ENGLISH)
Klikk her for å lese hele teksten. (NORWEGIAN)