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The visionary keyboardist, composer and producer brings new solo project Be Am, a soulful album written in dark times lit with unquenchable rays of hope.
In the 25 years since Bugge Wesseltoft founded Jazzland Recordings, he has engaged in numerous group projects and collaborations such as New Conception of Jazz, duos with the likes of Sidsel Endresen, Henning Kraggerud and Henrik Schwarz, Bugge and Friends, and OKWorld! And the super-trio RYMDEN. However, it is in his solo material that we can glimpse the true soul behind the effervescent and mercurial mind of one of the most influential and important Norwegian musicians of an entire generation.
On Be Am, his latest solo album, Wesseltoft has allowed his creative impulses to wander where they may – no preset rules to govern the composition and production, no obligations to (not) use electronics, not even a will to be totally alone. This is pure playing and composition, where the music speaks freely by whatever means it will.
The music of Be Am carries ghosts of uncertainty, whispers of resignation, and faint echoes of frustration. But throughout there are rays of hope, a warm clear light of peace and tranquillity, and growing flames of an unquenchable fire of determination. It is music of, and for, the human soul.
‘shares Jarrett’s ability to create much out of nothing… sparingly beautiful’
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