Wilderness ExitKnut Bjørnar Asphol continues on the journey from the album "Mnemonic", which was released in 2012. The new album "Wilderness Exit" contains seven atmospheric tracks from the Norwegian guitar player. The album is formed with a strong melodic oriented theme and with hypnotic rhythms. He combines the influence of Nordic jazz along with ambient landscapes to create many meditative moments. Contrasting musical landscapes and textures are created through the unique playing and use of electronics.

"Wilderness Exit" includes some brilliant and well known contemporary musicians, who contribute with simply outstanding improvisations. Nils Petter Molvaer's magical trumpet sound features on "A view to a mountain". Helge Lien is also present, with his grand piano number, recorded in the legendary Rainbow Studio in Oslo. Stian Carstensen from the band Farmers Market who is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, plays the flute and accordion. Harpreet Bansal, the great Indian violinist, gives the album a wonderful oriental flavour. On the track "Superorganic" we can hear one of very few professional didjeridoo players, Zotora. Also featured is the tabla player, Sanskriti Shrestha from Nepal. Completing the line up is Torstein Lofthus (Shining, Mathias Eick), Martin Hystad playing drums and Magnus Westgaard playing bass.

Recorded and mixed in Masterpool Studio by Knut Bjørnar Asphol
Grand Piano is recorded in Rainbow Studio by Peer Espen Ursfjord
Mastered in Cutting Room by Björn Engelmann

Musicians :
Knut Bjørnar Asphol - guitars, programming & keyboards
Magnus Westgaard - bass & acoustic bass
Torstein Lofthus – drums
Martin Hystad – drums
Nils Petter Molvær – trumpet
Helge Lien – grand piano
Harpreet Bansal – violin
Zotora – didjeridoo
Sanskriti Shrestha – tablas
Stian Carstensen – kaval & accordion

 

 

1. Wilderness Exit
Knut Bjørnar Asphol - guitars, programming & keyboards
Helge Lien – grand piano
Magnus Westgaard - upright bass
Torstein Lofthus – drums
Martin Hystad – drums (brush)

 

2. Urban Entrance
Knut Bjørnar Asphol - guitars, programming & keyboards
Stian Carstensen – kaval & accordion
Magnus Westgaard - upright bass
Torstein Lofthus – drums
Martin Hystad – drums (brush)

 

3. A view from a mountain
Knut Bjørnar Asphol – guitars & keyboards
Nils Petter Molvær – trumpet
Helge Lien – grand piano
Magnus Westgaard - upright bass
Torstein Lofthus – drums

 

4. Raga Istalia
Knut Bjørnar Asphol - guitars, programming & keyboards
Harpreet Bansal – violin
Magnus Westgaard - bass
Torstein Lofthus – drums
Sanskriti Shrestha – tablas

     

5. Zonographic
Knut Bjørnar Asphol – guitars & programming & keyboards
Harpreet Bansal – violin
Magnus Westgaard - upright bass
Torstein Lofthus – drums
Martin Hystad – drums (brush)
Sanskriti Shrestha – tablas

 

6. Superorganic
Knut Bjørnar Asphol – guitars & keyboards
Zotora – didjeridoo
Magnus Westgaard - upright bass
Torstein Lofthus – drums
Martin Hystad – drums

 

7. Koppilopp
Knut Bjørnar Asphol – guitar

 

Label : Labels and Gentlemen and India Records
Catalog : 471138-2 / LAG0118(Digital distribution Norway)

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