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Trygve Seim/Frode Haltli: Yeraz

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Trygve Seim and accordionist Frode Haltli are joined on Yeraz by a third, non-corporeal member: silence. The space around and between the pair’s improvised exchanges exerts a powerful, nearly tangible presence, contributing to the music’s classical air.

The duo’s repertoire consists mostly of compositions by Seim. He favors sparse, quiet, folk-ish themes, and accompaniments that exploit the accordion’s “band-in-a-(squeeze)-box” capability. Haltli excels at emphasizing his instrument’s capacity for contrasts of color and texture. At times, his playing has the quality of a clarinet quartet. Elsewhere, the instrument sounds like an analog synth, a harmonium and even a pipe organ.

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