Trees Of Light – CD

Jazz / Cross Over
by LYÖSTRAINI – 2015 SWEDEN / GERMANY
Label: ECM-Records

Lena Willemark Vocals, Fiddle, Viola
Anders Jormin Double Bass
Karin Nakagawa 25-string Koto, Vocals

The Album was awarded with the Swedish Grammis Award 2016

Trio Lyöstraini, well-known Swedish singer Lena Willemark, outstanding Swedish bassist Anders Jormin and Japanese koto player Karin Nakagawa as a new face in the field. They went through intriguing musical contrasts gaining amazing flow, brightness and joy. They dug into each others roots and constantly came up with surprising original responses. When Willemark intoned a Northern folk theme, Nakagawa threw in raw koto strums which generated very special palpable qualities. When Nakagawa played a straight harp-like groove Jormin added bending pentatonic singing on his bass. Nakagawa expanded the musical range of the koto in extraordinary ways sounding as a kora or Celtic harp sometimes. It was just wonderful how they in the long run began to dance over their commonly created structure ending up in the rare and touching beauty of “Snöfall” (“Falling Snow”). Amazing how open and connected their playing, great listening yielding real new music!

By HENNING BOLTE “AllaboutJazz” on Umeå jazz festival 2013

Tracklist
01 Krippainggler 8:43
02 Dröm 3:55
03 Jag Jag står kvar 3:19
04 Urbanus 4:02
05 Hirajoshi 5:58
06 Minni 2:03
07 Ogadh dett 5:39
08 Lyöstraini 5:14
09 Slingerpolska 2:28
10 Uoruo 5:59
11 Lyösfridhn 4:48
12 Vilda vindar 4:26
Total duration 56:40