NEWS: Kristensen/Kelley/Smith/Wangen - Guitar Quartet: California Session

NEWS: Kristensen/Kelley/Smith/Wangen - Guitar Quartet: California Session

SKU: PJR1033

Digital release January 28th

Worldwide release at all digital platforms like Apple, Spotify, Tidal etc. 

 

Words for the press - scroll down

(and you'll also find a link for a sneak peek to this wonderful music - a promo-player created just for you, and it will disapear the day the music is released) 

Pressemelding - se nederst på siden (der vil du også finne en link for en liten smakebitslytting - en link kun for dere dybdeinteresserte, og spilleren vil forsvinne den dagen musikken utgis).

 

Two compositions:

1. Moon River

2. This Masquerade

 

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1. Moon River - Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini

Music arrangement: Rolf Kristensen

Rolf Kristensen, Pat Kelley, Richard Smith, Øystein Wangen - electric guitars

Theme first part: Rolf Kristensen

Theme second part: Pat Kelley

First solo: Pat Kelley

Second solo: Rolf Kristensen

Third solo: Richard Smith

Last theme: Richard Smith

 

2. This Masquerade – Leon Russell, arranged by Rolf Kristensen

Rolf Kristensen, Pat Kelley, Richard Smith, Øystein Wangen - Guitars

Theme part one: Pat

Theme part two: Richard

Solo 1, acoustic guitar: Rolf

Solo 2, electric archtop: Pat

Solo 3, acoustic guitar: Øystein

Solo 4, electric guitar: Richard

Ending theme: Rolf

Drums: Andreas Skorpe Sjøen

Double bass: Håvard Henriksen

Electric piano: Bruno Gagro

 

Recorded in Artsong Studio, Hollywood Hills, California, USA by Pat Kelley

Rhythm section recorded in UiA Studio Kristiansand, Norway by Eric Pettersen.

Additional guitars recorded in UiA Studio Kristiansand, Norway by Rolf Kristensen

Mixed by Eric Pettersen and Rolf Kristensen in UiA Studio Kristiansand, Norway

Mastered by Lars Kristian Lia in Lia Studio Kristiansand, Norway

 

Artwork by Ingrid K. Bjørnaali

Produced by Rolf Kristensen

Supported by the University of Agder

 

 

Words for the press:

For norsk versjon - se lenger ned på siden

 

Kristensen/Kelley/Smith/Wangen - Guitar Quartet

California Session

 

Norwegian-American guitar quartet with guitarists from USC and UiA.

Rolf Kristensen, Pat Kelley, Richard Smith, Øystein Wangen - electric and acoustic guitars.

 

This recording is a result of a musical collaboration that began when Rolf Kristensen was a guest professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles in 2012. Many of the most renowned American guitarists are faculty at USC, and Kristensen had the pleasure of playing with some of these during his stay in LA. On a later visit to LA in 2019, Kristensen brought his own arrangements of the classics "Moon River" (Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini) and "This Masquerade" (Leon Russell). He invited the USC professors, Richard Smith and Pat Kelley, two of the finest guitarists on the West Coast, in addition to the young and very talented Norwegian guitarist Øystein Wangen, a student at UiA and exchange student at MI. Rolf Kristensen is an associate professor at UiA, known from collaborations with artists in a wide range of genres.

 

The four of them gathered for a session in Artsong Studio in the Hollywood Hills, and the result was two new and original versions of these beautiful classics in an inspired meeting between four guitarists representing different musical traditions. On "This Masquerade" we also hear the Norwegian rhythm section: Håvard Henriksen - bass, Andreas Skorpe Sjøen - drums and Bruno Gagro - electric piano.

 

Pressemelding - norsk:

 

Kristensen/Kelley/Smith/Wangen - Guitar Quartet

California Session

 

Norskamerikansk gitarkvartett med gitarister fra USC og UiA.

Rolf Kristensen, Pat Kelley, Richard Smith, Øystein Wangen - elektriske og akustiske gitarer.

 

Innspillingen er et resultat av et musikalsk samarbeid som startet da Rolf Kristensen var gjestelærer ved Thornton School of Music ved University of Southern California (USC) i Los Angeles i 2012. Mange av de mest kjente amerikanske gitaristene jobber som lærere ved USC, og Kristensen fikk muligheten til å spille sammen med flere av disse under oppholdet i LA. Ved et senere besøk i LA i 2019, tok Kristensen med seg egne arrangementer av klassikerne «Moon River» (Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini) og «This Masquerade» (Leon Russell). Han inviterte de to USC professorene, Richard Smith og Pat Kelley, som er blant de fremste gitaristene på den amerikanske vestkysten, i tillegg til den unge og meget talentfulle norske gitaristen Øystein Wangen, UiA student og utvekslingsstudent ved MI. Selv er Rolf Kristensen førsteamanuensis ved UiA, og en ettertraktet gitarist med lang merittliste.

 

De fire samlet seg til session i Artsong Studio i Hollywood Hills, og resultatet ble to originale versjoner av kjente låter med vakkert samspill mellom dyktige gitarister fra ulike tradisjoner. På «This Masquerade» hører vi også den norske rytmeseksjonen: Håvard Henriksen – bass, Andreas Skorpe Sjøen – trommer og Bruno Gagro – el-piano.

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