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  • 1Seeds of Language04:46
  • 2The Roc05:28
  • 3Eternal Sunshine Creates A Desert04:18
  • 4Kurd, Bayat, Nahawand To Kurd04:46
  • 5Hijaz Train Station03:20
  • 6Thurayya Railways06:31
  • 7The Afrit03:22
  • 8There Are Three Things You Cannot Hide; Love, Smoke And A Man Riding On A Camel05:01
  • 9The Krøderen Line05:52
  • 10All That Has Happened, Happened As Fate Willed04:50
  • Total Runtime48:14

Info for The Roc

This major new release from the Norwegian Tuba player and composer follows his highly acclaimed album Slow Eastbound Train (2015).

Over the last 2 years, Daniel Herskedal, Helge Andreas Norbakken and Eyolf Dale (also on Edition) have defined themselves as one of the most unique and innovative small ensembles in Europe today, bringing together a vast mix of influences from Folk, Jazz, Classical and Arabic music.

The sublime Slow Eastbound Train, released in 2015, took Herskedal’s international profile to new heights. He toured extensively throughout Europe and Japan, culminating in a 26min commission from the BBC Concert Orchestra, performed at London Jazz Festival 2016.

A strong Arabic influence runs throughout The Roc, which has its roots in inspiring trips Herskedal made to Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Themes of place and travelling are ever-present, as they were on Slow Eastbound Train. The titles of some of the compositions originate from the names of scales (Kurd, Bayat, Nahawand To Kurd) and rhythms (Thuraaya) used in them; others from Arabic sayings (There Are Three Things You Cannot Hide; Love, Smoke And A Man Riding On A Camel) and places that inspired the musicians (Hijaz Train Station). The title of the LP itself is a reference to the great bird of pan-Asian mythology.

„A mesmerizingly dramatic soundscape is manifested by the rich strings of Bergmund Waal Skaslien and Svante Henryson on the quirkily titled "There Are Three Things You Cannot Hide: Love, Smoke And A Man Riding On A Camel." Equally entrancing is Eyolf Dale's tintinnabulating piano on "All That Has Happened, Happened As Fate Willed." Throughout the album, the listener cannot fail to be transported to another place of heat and dust and occasionally, to another dimension entirely.“ (AllAboutJazz)

Daniel Herskedal, tuba, bass trumpet
Eyolf Dale, piano
Helge Andreas Norbakken, percussion
Bergmund Waal Skaslien, viola
Svante Heneryson, cello

Daniel Herskedal
Norwegian tubist and composer Daniel Herskedal is educated at the Conservotory of music in Trondheim (bachelor degree) and Copenhagen (master’s degree). He is now based in Oslo, and work as a freelancer in several bands and projects, such as City Stories, Listen, Magic Pocket, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Jens Carelius. He’s also the tuba teacher at Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. Herskedal released his first CD as a bandleader and composer June 2010, named City Stories.

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