Guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx and Norwegian brass player Arve Henriksen join forces for an understated portrait. These two gentle souls paint with pure melodies, rich textures and subtle, balanced improvisation. They present their album A Short Story (Aspen Editions).
The pawns on the board are few in number and modest in decoration. Once again, guitarist Ruben Machtelinckx (Linus, Poor Isa, among others) opts for the purely acoustic. With improvisations that are anything but hermetic, unusual guitar tunings and a focus on textural experiments. And with eight vintage Machtelinckx compositions, with singable melodies and strong harmonies.
Arve Henriksen was a member of the groundbreaking Supersilent, is one of four players in the quartet Warped Dreamer (with Belgians Teun Verbruggen and Jozef Dumoulin) and has released more than a dozen albums under his own name, mostly with the exceptional label Rune Grammofon. He has been part of projects by Christian Wallumrød, Trygve Seim and Trio Mediæval, among others, which found a home at ECM.
foto © Erik Bogaerts
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