– Bohemian Sketches
Grønseth: saxophones, clarinets
David Skinner: piano
Audun Ellingsen: bass
Ülrik Ibsen Thorsrud: drums
This quartet has appeared as a fresh and contemporary contribution
to the already so innovative and qualitative Norwegian jazz
scene, and have become known to the public as bearers and
renewers of a tradition which started with musicians such
as Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal and Jon Christensen. The new
album ”Bohemian Sketches” contians music inspired
by a selection of paintings by Edward Munch.
Sphinx made their first sounds together in 1999, as young
men seeking common musicianship and a start for their careers.
Since then, they have released three albums: The debut album
”Sphinx” in 2001, ”Speaks the Riddle of
the Undisputed Truth” in 2002 and the double album ”Sweet
Maladies” in 2004. They have been touring nationally
as well as internationally and received international prizes
for their music. As individuals, the four members have taken
part in numerous other projects and releases along the way.
In 2006, Sphinx entered the Japanese market, contributing
with a full length CD to a book of Norwegian poems translated
to Japanese. This book/CD pack was released by Japanese publisher
Singpoosha. Sphinx will be touring Japan for concerts and
promo in September 2007.
Said about Sphinx:
“It is like a Philip K. Dick story that is twisted in
terms of trying to disrupt your logical perspective. Like
one of his tales, you think you know where you are, but soon
the solid ground imperceptibly shifts and you have trouble
keeping your sense of balance as you struggle to walk a straight
line. At the same time, it feels like you are in an interior
maze and are trying to escape with your sanity intact. Some
of the antiseptic corridors you try turn out to be blind alleys.
Some times you see only mirrors. Near the end, you feel that
there is a way out of this asylum. But at the same time, there
is a nagging and ominous feel that you are being manipulated.
This science-fiction quality is aptly arranged and performed
by Sphinx. The puppet-master is pulling the strings of your
mind” - John Doll, Jazz Review.