Christian Wallumrød: piano, harmonium, toy piano
Eivind Lønning: trumpet
Gjermund Larsen: violin, hardanger fiddle, viola
Espen Reinertsen: tenor saxophone
Tove Törngren: cello
Per Oddvar Johansen: drums, vibraphone
The ensemble of Christian Wallumrød continues to evolve in its own idiosyncratic way on Outstairs. By now, Wallumrød’s compositional signature is instantly recognizable. Nobody else writes pieces like this – multi-dimensional chamber music inspired by the sonorities of Norwegian folk and church music, influenced by early music and the post-Cage avant-garde, and liberated by jazz’s freedom of thought. This time around, the ensemble members share the arranging credits between them, making the music still more organic and flexible as new sound combinations emerge.