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POLARITY — an acoustic jazz project
“My main goal is to create a specific identity for each album I make. This time I
chose to involve Anders Jormin and Audun Kleive, two of Scandinavia’s finest jazz
artists. The result is Polarity, an album based on both new and older compositions
of mine, recorded in a unique acoustic setting” — Jan Gunnar Hoff 2018
Jan Gunnar Hoff piano Anders Jormin bass Audun Kleive drums
Recorded in DXD 24bit/352.8kHz
5.1 DTS-HD MA 24/192kHz
2.0 LPCM 24/192kHz
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7.1.4 Dolby Atmos 48kHz
7.1.4 Auro-3D 96kHz
MP3 and MQA
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POLARITY
Hoff Ensemble
POLARITY has been conceived as a cohesive experience where the compositions themselves, the moments of spontaneous inspiration during performance and the natural
sound world of the church acoustic all affect the final result. The compositions are inspired by actual experiences and particular states of mind.
variations unfold with the piano and double bass taking on different roles as the piece
develops. “Home” was originally composed as a backdrop to Knut Hamsun’s poem “I
ungdommens vår” (In the Spring of Youth) but has been fleshed out to a trio ballad. This
is the album’s closer.
“The Elder” was composed in film director Ingmar Bergman’s study on the island of Fårö.
The ambience in Bergman’s house and the view of the unending expanse of the Baltic Sea
induced in me a sense of melancholy but also an almost ecstatic mood that resulted in
what is really a homage to the legendary director.
To search for enduring musical ideas that can stand being heard many times is an exciting challenge. On this album some older tunes are included because in the trio format
they can gain a new dimension and a fresh clarity. The ballad “Moving” exudes a calm
and sanguine mood with several tonal levels, and I think it adds something rather special
to the album. “Revamp” stands out from the core material of the album – it has a very
forthright character, which is something that takes the collective playing of the Hoff
Ensemble into the heart of a more traditional jazz melody.
The title track “Polarity” started out as an improvisation which I was working into a
finished melody. Its main theme is direct and exultant and pushes forward fairly fast. We
supplemented the ensemble’s palette of sounds by introducing an analogue synthesizer
that grows in intensity, its sound filling the room with autonomous power. I have tried
to program synth sounds in a Prophet 6 that can merge naturally with the trio without
disturbing the acoustic sound picture.
“Justice” is my emotional response to the experience of witnessing officialdom intervene
in a family situation and how this affected all involved. “Innocence” and “Within” both
have their take-off point in acutely vulnerable emotional conditions, where to show
weakness can be experienced as a sign of strength. “Sacred” is based on a simple major
and minor tonality, with the synthesizer and the coll’ arco bass line central elements.
The character of “Euphoria” is elated – the spontaneous improvisation between the piano
and drums driving the melody to a no-holds-barred level of energy. “Beginning”, with
its minimalistic calm, is in marked contrast; dark melancholy and gloom find release
in a spirit of reconciliation. “Pathway” is a set of variations on a series of chords; the
I have composed a lot of music for jazz quartet and other ensembles. The idea to work
on a project for a trio came to me a few years ago, but it is only recently that the idea
has really begun to take form. It has been important to define a cohesive aesthetic with
musicians capable of carrying it through, but at the same time to preserve and project the
personal signature in the compositions. The choice of musicians was not difficult, with
Audun Kleive and Anders Jormin both having long track records on the Scandinavian
jazz scene, and both still eager to explore and energize the established trio format. This is
the first time the three of us have made a recording like this together, vacating the usual
studio setting in favour of the acoustics of a church.
My main goal is to create a specific identity for each album and to make the music come
alive.
2018
POLARITY er tenkt som en helhetlig opplevelse der det komponerte materialet,
øyeblikkets inspirasjon i framføringen og det naturlige lydbildet i kirkerommet trekker
i samme retning. Som komponist lar jeg meg ofte inspirere av konkrete opplevelser og
sinnsstemninger.
«The Elder» ble skrevet i arbeidsrommet til filmregissøren Ingmar Bergman på Fårö.
Atmosfæren i Bergmans bolig på øya og utsikten mot den uendelige, store Østersjøen
satte meg i en vemodig, men også høyreist stemning som resulterte i en slags hommage
til legenden.
Opprinnelsen til tittelkuttet «Polarity» er en improvisasjon som jeg utviklet til en ferdig
låt. Den har et direkte og livsbejaende hovedtema og beveger seg framover i et høyt
tempo. Her utvider vi paletten i ensemblet med en analog synthesizer som vokser fram
og skinner i rommet, der den blir en kraft i seg selv. Jeg har forsøkt å programmere
synthlyder i en Prophet 6 som kan smelte naturlig inn med trioen uten å forstyrre det
akustiske lydbildet, men allikevel tilføre noe i sammenhengen. «Sacred» er basert på en
enkel dur- og moll-tonalitet, med synthesizeren og strykebassen som sentrale elementer.
«Justice» er knyttet til en situasjon der en familie ble fratatt barna og hvordan dette påvirket alle de involverte. «Innocence» og «Within» er skrevet ut fra et sårbart emosjonelt
ståsted, der det å vise svakhet kan oppleves som en styrke.
«Euphoria» er satt i en opprømt tilstand der den spontane improvisasjonen mellom
slagverk og piano løfter låten til et uforbeholdent energinivå. «Beginning» er en sterk
kontrast med sin minimalistiske stillferdighet der tungsinnet forløses i en åpen forsoning.
«Pathway» er ulike variasjoner over samme akkordrekke der rollene mellom piano og bass
utvikler seg i forløpet. «Home» ble opprinnelig skrevet som bakteppe til Knut Hamsuns
dikt «I ungdommens vår» men er utviklet videre til en trioballade som avslutter albumet.
Å søke bærekraftige musikalske idéer som tåler å høres gjentatte ganger er en spennende
utfordring. Noen eldre låter er tatt med fordi trioformatet gir dem en ny dimensjon og
klarhet. Balladen «Moving» har en ro og positivitet over seg med flere tonale plan og
den tilfører en stemningsmessig grunntone til albumformatet. «Revamp» skiller seg fra
kjernen i det øvrige materialet, men har en direkthet som også tar triosamspillet i Hoff
Ensemble inn i en mer tradisjonell jazzlåt.
Jeg har skrevet mye musikk for jazzkvartett og større ensembler. Tanken om å rendyrke
et trioprosjekt kom for noen år siden, men først i den senere tid har ideen tatt en
konkret retning. Det har vært viktig å definere en enhetlig estetikk med musikere som
kan formidle denne, men samtidig ivareta og utdype den personlige signaturen som
ligger i komposisjonene og konseptet. Valget av samarbeidspartnere falt derfor naturlig
med Audun Kleive og Anders Jormin som begge har lang fartstid i nordisk jazz, men
stadig er nysgjerrige på å utforske og vitalisere det etablerte trioformatet. Dette er også
første gang vi tre gjør en slik innspilling sammen utenfor den vanlige studiosituasjonen
og her går inn i et kirkerom.
Mitt hovedmål er at hver plateutgivelse får sin egen spesifikke identitet og lever sitt eget
liv.
2018
Jan Gunnar Hoff piano Anders Jormin bass Audun Kleive drums
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2L (Lindberg Lyd) records in spacious acoustic venues; large concert halls, churches and cathedrals. This is actually where we can make the most intimate recordings. The qualities we seek in
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Morten Lindberg
balance engineer and recording producer
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Screen design and Blu-ray authoring Michael Thomas Hoffmann
Pure Audio Blu-ray concept development Morten Lindberg and Stefan Bock
Recorded in Sofienberg Church, Norway
September 2017 by Lindberg Lyd AS
Recording Producer and Balance Engineer MORTEN LINDBERG
Recording Technician BEATRICE JOHANNESSEN
Piano Technician ERIC SCHANDALL Steinway C-model
Editing, Mix and Mastering MORTEN LINDBERG
Photo TRYM IVAR BERGSMO
Graphic Design and Session Photos MORTEN LINDBERG
Liner Notes JAN GUNNAR HOFF Translation RICHARD HUGH PEEL
Executive Producers JAN GUNNAR HOFF and MORTEN LINDBERG
Produced with support from Fond for utøvende kunstnere and The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
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This recording was made by Lindberg Lyd AS with DPA microphones and HORUS converters to a PYRAMIX
workstation on Ravenna AoIP. Complete system on JMF Audio PCD302 power line conditioner. Digital eXtreme
Definition is a professional audio format that brings analogue qualities in 24 bit at 352.8 kHz sampling rate.
MQA CD plays back on all CD players. When a conventional CD player is connected to an MQA-enabled device,
the CD layer of the Hybrid SACD will reveal the original master quality. For more information visit www.mqa.co.uk
1 Innocence
2 Revamp
4:35
3 The Elder
4 Polarity
6:45
4:54
5 Beginning
6 Justice
3:42
8 Euphoria
2:43
5:59
10 Sacred
3:01
11 Pathway
12 Home
3:13
4:53
7 Moving
9 Within
5:07
7:47
5:55
All compositions by Jan Gunnar Hoff
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