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Sl​å​ttepiano II

by Ingfrid Breie Nyhus

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Forspill 02:36
Rammepiano I 07:14


“Mesmerizing stuff”
--BBC Late Junction

"The atmosphere, despite singular glimpses of light, is as dark as it is hypnotic, as if the performance is made in a dark hall only lit by fire. ... Slåttepiano II possess a hypnotic quality that echoes long after the last note has faded away.”
--Guy Rickards

"This fine pianist knows how to create a slightly magical atmosphere, with a somewhat dark timbral overlay on the translated slåtts she is playing. Minimalistic traits might be emphazised, but first of all it is the sound of Norwegian folk soul - swept into Nyhus' sensitive play. Close your eyes and enjoy!"
--Trond Erikson

"It is all about leaning in and following the small variations. This is music that needs to be listened to for the listener to be transported away. Whereto, I don't know."
--Egil Baumann

«Welcomes the listener into a timeless atmosphere by keeping things to the pure essentials of the sound. Merging the contemporary and ancient, Slåttepiano II features the exquisite ear of Ingfrid Breie Nyhus»
--Beach Sloth

«The uniqueness of Ingfrid Breie Nyhus: she has managed to create a bridge between folk and contemporary music. Nyhus thus has given birth to a music made of rhythmic and complex improvisation with unusual phrasing for piano music. Nyhus has a way of playing that is difficult to describe, already in Forspill the minimalism of Philip Glass coexists with the Continuous Music of Lubomyr Melnyk, a continuous flow of perfectly balanced notes.»

Slåttepiano II (2021) is piano music inspired by slåtter from Setesdal.

The traditional rammeslåtter (ramm=strong) was said to put the fiddler in trance. In Slåttepiano II, the piano transforms the idea of the slått, inspired by the traditional improvisatory and restructuring approach, into abstract, microvariated, ecstatic, minimalist territory.

LPs can be ordered from November/December.


released September 17, 2021

Ingfrid Breie Nyhus- pianist, composer, producer
Recorded April 2021 in Sofienberg church, Oslo, on an 1893 Steinway
Thomas Hukkelberg - recording, mix and mastering
Ivar Kvaal - photos
Aslak Gurholt / Yokoland - LP design
LabLabel 2021


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Pianist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus plays and creates music across the fields of folk, contemporary, classical and improvisation.

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