Many Guitar Moderne readers are aware of Eivind Aarset‘s contributions to the music of Jon Hassell, Nils Petter Molvær, Andy Shepard, Dhafer Youssef, and Michel Benita’s Ethics, as well as his own his own body of brilliant work. Fewer have heard his earlier playing in the band Ab und Zu, in which he was joined by his wife Anne-Marie Giørtz. There he displayed the pop proficiency and versatility that has made him a valued session player. Below is just one example of their multi-style output.
Form the sound of this teaser video for her upcoming release Capital Punishment for Cars [Grappa Records],Ms. Giørtz’s music has evolved in an interesting direction, displaying a less familiar side to her husband’s playing as well.
For those of us who couldn’t make it to Europe to see this, here it is, the full concert—every bit as amazing as you might suspect. Great shots of Eivind’s gear, grooves to die for, and cool, dub-style sampling from Vladislav Delay.
Check out the Maelstrom record by Stian Westerhus & Pale Horses and you will hear echoes of Scott Walker, Radiohead, and Tim Buckley. Don’t worry, the latest offering by experimental guitar god Westerhus features plenty of the exotic guitar tones we have come to expect from the now former Nils Petter Molvær sideman’s, while adding vocal driven tunes sung in English. Who would have imagined Westerhus would have a singing voice as compelling as his instrumental one? Here, the Norwegian axe-mangler shares the lowdown on his new band with cohorts Erland Dahlen on drums, and Øystein Moen on keys, as well as his need for pedals that “klonk.”
For the most part Europeans, and especially Scandinavians, are miles ahead of Americans when it comes to the seamless integration of jazz with sampling, beats, and electronics that is Nü-Jazz. Nils Petter Molvær brought out Khmer in 1995, while Bugge Wesseltoft, Jazzanova and St. Germain have been working this territory easily as long. Guitarists mining this particular type of fusion also seem to reside on the east side of the Atlantic: Eivind Aarset, Bram Stadhouders, Jeff Beck, Stian Westerhus, and Nguyên Lê have been long at home with the grooves of EDM and/or the sounds of experimental electronica.