Heidi Skjerve – Songs From Thoreau’s Journals

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This album presents chamber music based on passages from Henry David Thoreau’s Journal, composed by jazz vocalist Heidi Skjerve for string quartet and prepared piano, also including field recordings of birds, bumblebees and wind turbines. Thoreau describes the joy of sauntering in the woods, the sounds of birds and frogs, and how humans take liberties with nature, topics that are highly relevant almost two centuries after they were written! The lyrics provides the inspiration and framework for the music that ranges from romantic instrumental parts and impressionistic harmonies to open soundscapes with improvised elements, across any boundaries of genre or style.

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Heidi Skjerve: vocals
Tora Stølan Ness: violin
Rannveig Ryeng: violin
Karoline Vik Hegge : viola
Kari Nesdal Sandnes : cello
Finn Magnus Fjell Hjelland: piano

Recorded at Sverresborg Church Center April 9-10, 2022 by Bendik Lund Haanshus, and January 14 2023 by Daniel Formo. Mixed by Daniel Formo and Heidi Skjerve. Produced by Heidi Skjerve. Mastering by Karl Klaseie at Øra Mastering. Field recordings of wind turbines at Storheia, Fosen Norway, june 2021 by Daniel Formo and H. Skjerve. Field recordings of birds, bumblebees, dripping water, walking in the forest and spruce cone percussion by H. Skjerve. Wood thrush sounds recorded in Illinois in 2013 by Kevin Boucher/ freesound.org. Bullfrog sounds recorded at Brandon March in 2014 by foosiemac/ freesound.org. Cover art by Oda Valle. Supported by Arts and Culture Norway, Fund for Performing Artists and Trondheim Municipality. Particular Recordings Collective p!47LP © & ℗ 2023 Heidi Skjerve.

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