Voyage Daniel Herskedal
- 1Batten Down The Hatches04:44
- 2Cut And Run04:41
- 3The Mediterranean Passage In The Age Of Refugees04:24
- 4The Great Race, Padua Vs Passat07:16
- 5Chatham Dockyard05:19
- 6The Horizon07:44
- 7The Gulls Are Tossed Paper In The Wind03:38
- 8Molly Hunt's Seagulls02:23
- 9Rescue-at-sea Operations04:41
- 10The Lighthouse05:33
Info for Voyage
Daniel Herskedal is a musician and composer of extraordinary ability who is pushing the boundaries of his instrument to the limit. ‘Voyage’ emerges as Daniel’s definitive statement so far, merging awe-inspiring beauty with a refreshingly original sound. The music is supremely melodic, tinged with rhythmical flare and vibrant colours.
Voyage is the new album from Norwegian Tuba player and composer Daniel Herskedal following his acclaimed albums Slow Eastbound Train (2015) and The Roc (2017). With each release the core line-up of Herskedal on Tuba and bass trumpet, pianist Eyolf Dale, percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken and more recently violist Bergmund Waal Skaslien has become more effortlessly integrated. On Voyage the band exude a seamless flow and interconnectedness with even greater emphasis on the subtlety, nuance and colour that Daniel Herskedal has built his compositional reputation on. But the music is nonetheless equally exciting and captivating. Bridging the melodic beauty of Slow Eastbound Train to the Arabian flavours of The Roc, Voyage stands as a hallmark of Herskedal’s exquisite taste and perfect blend of emotion, melody and rhythmical intensity merged together in a sound that is undeniably his.
To hear Voyage as part of the collection, with Slow Eastbound Train and The Roc, offers its greatest reward. Yet this is not a trilogy nor a part of a larger suite, but a movement in the body of work of a composer and musician deeply involved in a journey of discovery and the resulting music becomes more involved and captivating with each pass.
With his uncompromising ability, vast range, and colour Herskedals’ virtuosity knows no boundaries. His soaring upper register on ‘The Great Race, Padua Vs Passat’ is sublime whilst the opening ‘Batten Down The Hatches’ incorporates fast, rhythmical intensity in the lowest of the tuba’s register. As a composer, Herskadal has the knack of making his melodies seem familiar on first listen and his arrangements are simply works of art. Listen how ‘The Mediterranean Passage In The Age Of Refugees’ builds and develops, weaving the core instruments and Maher Mahmoud’s Oud with a seemingly divine orchestral voice.
Daniel Herskedal has been steadily building his audience through his consistently high-quality albums and live shows, which together demonstrate an instantly recognisable voice. While Voyage is another step on the ladder in what looks set to be a glowing career, it is, of all his albums to date, the one most likely to be seen as a landmark album: one that absolutely defines his sound, his writing and his bandleading at this point. Voyage proves that Daniel has the voice of a master with an instrument that has not been pushed so far, and with music that is exemplarily executed, beautiful and powerful.
“A man who never fails to surprise me…the tuba is a big, heavy instrument but there’s a man who brings a real lightness of touch to the way that he approaches it and also to the way he arranges music as well” (Kevin LeGendre)
Daniel Herskedal, tuba, bass trumpet
Bergmund Waal Skaslien, viola
Eyolf Dale, piano
Helge Andreas Norbakken, percussion
Maher Mahmoud, oud (on tracks 3,9)
Produced by Daniel Herskedal
Executive producer Dave Stapleton
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.
This album contains no booklet.