Factotum

Factotum

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by Kristin Asbjørnsen
     
 

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It may seem odd that a notable Norwegian director (Ben Hamer) would be the one to make a movie about a tortured, against-the-grain cult writer and poet (Charles Bukowski, played by Matt Dillon) who spent all but two years of his life in Los Angeles. But the good news for music fans is the important larger discovery of the incredibly

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It may seem odd that a notable Norwegian director (Ben Hamer) would be the one to make a movie about a tortured, against-the-grain cult writer and poet (Charles Bukowski, played by Matt Dillon) who spent all but two years of his life in Los Angeles. But the good news for music fans is the important larger discovery of the incredibly diverse and captivating Scandinavian jazz composer and vocalist Kristin Asbjørnsen. Even without images, the soundtrack to Factotum functions quite well by itself as a haunting, complex, atmospheric work with varied moods and instrumentation. The opener "On the Bus" is just over a minute but brings back magnificent creepy memories of Twin Peaks. After "Reunion," a subtle and graceful solo piano piece, is the chamber music-flavored "I Wish to Weep," featuring the composer's smoky, emotional vocals toiling sweetly over a simple Bukowski poem/lyric that gives the words a scorching urgency. There are other similarly flavored lead vocals (most notably, the classical/folk-tinged "Slow Day,") but Asbjørnsen proves herself equally adept at creating moods with wordless vocals ("Farewell I," "Beside You"). Amidst the largely melancholy vibe of most of these tracks is the rumbling and percussive acoustic jazz magic of the quirkily titled "Pickles." Asbjørnsen, making her composing debut, performs these pieces with her band Dadafon, drawing inspiration not only from her formal jazz education nbut also her love for West African griot singers. A fascinating work.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Rhino/Wea Uk
UPC:
3299039900123
catalogNumber:
399001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristin Asbjørnsen   Primary Artist,Vocals
Svante Henryson   Cello
Tord Gustavsen   Piano
Jarle Bernhoft   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kenneth Ekornes   Percussion
Dadafon   Track Performer
Jostein Asnes   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Kenneth Kapstad   Drums
Eirik Øien   Bass
Anders Larsen   Violin
Eve Cauley Turner   Decors
Martin Langlie   Drums
Thomas Dahl   Guitar,Sampling
Sigrid Stang   Violin
Régie Shelli Ainsworth   Decors
Øyvind Engen   Cello,Vocals
Øyvind Brandtsegg   Vibes

Technical Credits

Charles Bukowski   Composer
Tommy Henriksen   Engineer
Jodi Tack   Art Direction
Per Sveinson   Engineer
Krøyt   Composer
Kristin Asbjørnsen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Peer Espen Ursfjord   Engineer
Jostein Asnes   Composer,Engineer
Hans Jørgen Støp   Producer
Magnus Torkildsen   Engineer
Trygve Brøske   String Arrangements
Thomas Dahl   Composer
Øyvind Brandtsegg   Composer

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