Inger Hannisdal: North South East West

Violinist and composer Inger Hannisdal’s debut album ‘North South East West’ does a deep-dive into the world of quarter tones, manifesting the sound of a diverse, multicultural Norway.
Hannisdal’s microtonal folk-jazz fuses influences from Arabic maqam and Norwegian folk music, crafting an original and accomplished musical language. Her unique musical background contributes to ‘North South East West’’s distinctive sound: After growing up in Oslo’s culturally diverse eastern suburbs, she went on to study Arabic music at Université Antonine in Lebanon, where she also joined the popular Syrian folk music group Assa’aleek. On ‘North, South, East, West’, she draws inspiration from the common traits of Arabic and Norwegian folk music: quarter tones and uneven time. The result is music that is evocative of both traditions, while at the same time sounding not much like neither.
Recorded with a five-person band including Norwegian accordion virtuoso Frode Haltli on quarter-tone accordion, Moroccan saxophonist and percussionist Khalid Laaouam, Adrian Myhr on double bass and Slovak drummer Michaela Antalová; ‘North South East West’ is both an experiment in new approaches to tonality, and a love letter to multiculturalism.
The album features cover art by Lebanese artist and illustrator Karen Keyrouz from Samandal Comics and Zeez collective.

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released October 28, 2022 by OKWorld


Inger Hannisdal, violin
Frode Haltli, quarter-tone accordion
Khalid Laaouam, saxophone and percussion
Adrian Myhr, double bass
Michaela Antalová, drums

1. Intro 01:26
2. Demring - Dawn 06:16
3. Virvler - Swirls 04:35
4. Berceuse 04:39
5. Seil - Sails 04:37
6. Taqasim 01:43
7. Steg- Steps 04:18
8. Stryk - Rapids 04:09
9. Glitter 06:40
10. Nordover - Northwards 05:31
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