Torben Snekkestad – reed trumpet
Solo improvisations using a hybrid instrument with a single reed mouth- piece attached to a trumpet, originally invented by Eddie Harris in the 1970s. Snekkestad has however built a new mouthpiece himself and utilizes a unique music for it on the first full-length album with this instrument ever. (released in 100 vinyl copies only ( w/ handwritten covers) on ILK’s WhiteLabel)
It is the third record in a solo music trilogy:
The trilogy “The Poetics of a Multiphonic Landscape” is saxophone wizard Torben Snekkestad’s latest output. With these three solo albums, Snekkestad fully presents us to his unmistakable textural saxophone language.
It is the result of an artistic journey into the complex and captivating possibilities of the saxophone to produce multiple sonics simultaneously (multiphonics) and to unfold the possible poetics of these within the acoustic solo format. The main question Snekkestad asked himself in this process was:
‘What happens if the raw musical material, in the creation of a set of solo saxophone works, is based on the multiphonics only and what this material in itself suggest – unconcerned by any stylistic affiliation?’
This led Snekkestad to use underwater soundscapes as an inspiration for his acoustic explorations, an increased awareness of the complex multiple sonic’s intrinsic worth, and furthermore to make use of a hybrid instrument called ‘reed trumpet’. Experienced at the intersection of free improvisation and compositional praxis, these albums are further enriched through their deep immersion in extended techniques and subtle textural sonics. Although Snekkestad has played numerous solo concerts internationally, this is the first time his highly idiosyncratic solo playing is documented on record.
The trilogy is recorded and produced by Torben Snekkestad.
‘Winds of Mouth’ and ‘Plateau’ are mixed by Andreas Mjøs &
Torben Snekkestad audio mastering by Helge Sten at Audio Virus LAB ‘The Reed Trumpet’ is mixed and mastered by John Fomsgaard at Karma Crew.