The Nordan Suite

The Nordan Suite

by Ale MöllerAle Möller

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Overview

Nordan is a respectful sampling of sacred Swedish folk music, whereby Ale Möller shows off his strengths as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger for a record label that fits him like a glove: the equally chilling and crisp ECM from Germany. The album showcases material laid down hundreds (if not thousands) of years earlier, tapping the veins of medieval folklore as it speaks through the voice of the fisherman's wife, the exiled brother, the shepherd, the knight, and various other historical archetypes. Lena Willemark fuels these various tall tales with a gorgeous voice and accomplished fiddle playing, along with an ensemble of half a dozen other musicians. Her playing smolders at various points on the disc (but especially so on the brief instrumental "Jemsken"). In addition, it almost goes without saying that Manfred Eicher further serves the material with his faithfully minimalist production values, emphasizing the natural sounds of the dulcimer, accordion, mandolas, percussion, drone fiddles, and double bass. Consequently, the music has a timelessness to it, and a legitimacy that would certainly perish if there were any attempts to make it "hip" (perhaps the alto saxophone would be the only guilty party). The disc closes simply and beautifully with "Drömspår -- Efterspel," a prayer on Möller's accordion that drifts under the northern lights, somewhere out at sea. Its impact lays in its simplicity. By playing it straight, Nordan preserves something more intimate than history -- it revives the thinning fires of legend and myth.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2000
Label: Ecm Import
UPC: 0731452316127
catalogNumber: 523161

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ale Möller   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Flute,Trumpet,Accordion,Harp,Horn,Lute,Vocals,Wood Flute,Shawm,Mandola,Hammered Dulcimer,cowbell
Lena Willemark   Fiddle,Viola,Vocals
Palle Danielsson   Double Bass
Bjorn Tollin   Percussion
Mats Edén   Fiddle,Kantele,Drones
Per Gudmundson   Bagpipes,Fiddle,Vocals,Swedish Bagpipes
Tina Johansson   Percussion,Vocals,Berimbau
Jonas Knutsson   Percussion,Harmonium,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Lena Willemark   Arranger,Lyric Adaptations
Manfred Eicher   Arranger,Producer
Jan Erik Kongshaug   Engineer
Ale Möller   Arranger,Contributor
Mats Edén   Arranger,Contributor
Per Gudmundson   Arranger,Contributor
Tina Johansson   Arranger
Jonas Knutsson   Arranger
Christian Vogt   Cover Photo
Barbara Wojirsch   Art Direction,Cover Design
Yngve Gunnarsson   Contributor,Illustrations
Juozas Kazlauskas   Cover Photo

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