KORNSTAD + KORK LIVE
Håkon Kornstad, tenor, tenor sax, whistling
Lars Henrik Johansen, piano, celesta, harpsichord
Sigbjørn Apeland, harmonium
Per Zanussi, double bass
Øyvind Skarbø, drums
KORK — Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Conducted by Christian Eggen
Recorded and mixed by Øystein Halvorsen. Produced by Geoff Miles and Håkon Kornstad. Mastered by Morgan Nicolaysen at Propeller Mastering, Oslo
7 tracks, 44 minutes
Out in Norway on Grappa Musikkforlag
Kornstad + KORK Live features the highlights from two sold out concerts in “Store Studio” in Oslo, March 2017. Jazz saxophonist and tenor Håkon Kornstad with his ensemble, and the legendary Kringkastingsorkesteret (Norwegian Radio Orchestra aka KORK), conducted by Christian Eggen.
Tenor Battle with strings! This unique production marks an exciting continuation of the critically acclaimed album Tenor Battle from 2015. Now backed by a full orchestra, Håkon Kornstad still delivers a seamless mix between classical songs (F.P. Tosti’s “Marechiare” and “L’Ultima Canzone”), opera arias (G. Bizet’s “Nadir’s aria” from Les pêcheurs de perles) and his own creative input, both as jazz saxophonist, orchestra arranger, or in the improvisations with his ensemble.
Undoubtedly one of Norway’s most original arrangers, Erlend Skomsvoll provides a beautiful Steve Reich-esque version of Edvard Grieg’s liederabend-classic “En svane” (“A Swan“), while Giuseppe Verdi’s feisty canzone “Di tu se fedel” from the opera Un ballo in maschera ventures into high-octane Mingus-meanderings.
In addition, the album features two instrumental tracks from the 2011 Kornstad solo outing Symphonies in My Head — improvised loop saxophone pieces adapted for orchestra. “Plystre” is given a symphonic overhaul by Kjetil Bjerkestrand, while "ABA" is adapted for cello quintet, rounding the album off in a tranquil way.
An album that will definitely touch you, make you smile—and perhaps whistle!
The concert will be aired on Norwegian TV on October 29, as well as on Radio P2. Stay tuned.