Frode Haltli: Passing Images

Frode Haltli, acknowledged as one of the most outstanding accordion soloists in contemporary music, is also an exceptional improviser and an authority on folk music. His second ECM recording under his own name brings all of these aspects of his musical character together.

Repertoire includes a psalm from the western fjords, a lyrical waltz from Haltli‘s home village near the Swedish border, a Roma traveller tune that suggests Albert Ayler‘s sound-world… With a supporting cast including Irish-Scottish classical viola player Garth Knox (ex-Arditti Quartet) as well as Norwegian partners composer/singer Maja Ratkje and trumpeter Arve Henriksen, Haltli offers a radical new look at music from traditional sources. (ECM)

The album was nominated for Spellemannsprisen 2007, the ‘Norwegian Grammy’.

Release details:

ECM 1913
Released 2007


Frode Haltli, accordion
Arve Henriksen, trumpet
Garth Knox, viola
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, voice

Produced by Manfred Eicher

The Letter
Jag haver ingen kärare
Lyrisk vals
Passing Images