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Educated a jazz musician (saxophone) at the jazz conservatory in Trondheim. Since 1992 working full time as a musician, composer and arranger. Released 9 records on the prestigious german record label ECM, whereas 7 of them as a band leader and composer and/or co-leader.  Seim plays on 22 ECM-albums in total. Currently touring with- and composing for- his own ensemble (Trygve Seim Ensemble), Trygve Seim/Frode Haltli duet, the quartet, The Source and Tora Augestad. Also touring/recording with Manu Katché's group Playground, Iro Haarla Quintet, Sinikka Langeland's group Starflowers a.o. During 2005-2009 made several projects together with egyptian musician and composer Fathy Salama and his orchestra Sharkiat. Photo: Antonio Armentano.

 

Trygve Seim er utdannet jazzmusiker på jazzkonservatoriet i Trondheim og har siden 1992 jobbet heltid som musiker, komponist og arrangør. Utgitt 9 album på det prestisjetunge tyske plateselskapet ECM, 7 av dem som bandleder og komponist og / eller co-leder -og er med på rekordmange 23 ECM-utgivelser totalt! Saxofonisten har satt sitt preg på nyere norsk jazzhistorie via grupper som Airamero, Oslo 1300, The Source, Trygve Seim Ensemble og i duo med Frode Haltli. Seim har også studert egyptisk musikk og jobbet i band ledet av Manu Katché, Iro Haarla, Jacob Young og Sinikka Langeland.

 

Trygve Seim Helsinki Songs Quartet

 

Trygve Seim has always looked to the east in many ways. From the nineties to Edward Vesala's Finland through his collaboration with Edward and all the musicians around him, later as far as Rumi's old Persia, or to the Indian, Armenian and Arab music heritage, but sometimes no more than Finnskogen through his collaboration with Sinikka Langeland. With the band Helsinki Songs, Seim is somewhere in the middle. Most of the songs of Helsinki Songs (including the title song Helsinki Song) were composed during Seim's many writing stays in the Finnish composers' association's Helsinki apartment. In addition, the addresses of the Quartet members form a geographical axis with Helsinki as a centerpiece, and Seim has been playing with a number of Finnish musicians for over 20 years - it began with Edward Vesala in 1996, and after his passing a few years later Vesala's former fellow musician and wife, Iro Haarla, collaborated with Seim, and in addition Seim has played with many other Finnish musicians, including Samuli Mikkonen and Markku Ounaskari.

 

 

Trygve Seim -  saxophones
Mats Eilertsen – doublebass
Kristjan Randalu -  piano
Markku Ounaskari  - drums

 

Trygve Seim Rumi Songs

Prosjektet Rumi Songs baserer seg på en komposisjonsbestilling fra Tora Augestad finansiert av Norsk Kulturråd. Augestad bestilte en sangsyklus av Trygve Seim, der musikken ble komponert på den amerikanske poeten Coleman Barks sine gjendiktninger av den persiske sufimystiker og dikter Jelaluddin Rumi. Ensemblet  består av saxofonisten og komponisten Trygve Seim, vokalisten Tora Augestad, accordionisten Frode Haltli og cellisten Svante Henrysson og lydprodusent Asle Karstad. Ved opptredener i Norge har vi også med oss poeten Erling Kittelsen som, i tillegg til sin egen enorme produksjon av poesi og prosa, har gjendiktet en rekke sufipoeter, deriblant Rumi. Kittelsen forteller om Rumi og sufismen og resiterer egne Rumi-gjendiktninger mellom musikkstykkene og det vil også forekomme resitasjon på spesialkomponert instrumentalmusikk. I engelsktalende land fyller Coleman Barks denne rollen selv.


Foto: Knut Bry

A hommage to the Sufi poet

The Persian Sufi poet Jalaladin Rumi has had a great influence upon music, dance, poetry and philosophy in several countries. An active theologist, mystic and poet in the 13th century, Rumi left behind a large number of written material that has been a source of inspiration for mystics, musicians and other creative souls to this day. This is manifested once again when Norwegian composer Trygve Seim and his ensemble perform their Rumi Songs – a symbiosis of Rumi’s beautiful poetry and Scandinavian contemporary music.

Seim studied Arab music in Cairo, and got aquainted with Rumi’s work when the late soprano Anne-Lise Berntsen commissioned music to some of his poems in the mid 2000s. Rumi Songs is a continuation of this work, now being commissioned and sung by the excellent vocalist Tora Augestad. Frode Haltli plays the accordion, Svante Henryson plays the cello – and Norwegian poet Erling Kittelsen will perform some of Rumi’s poems as a spoken-word reading. Rumi Songs is an unique collaboration between leading Norwegian performers in their homage to a poet whose legacy stretches over several centuries, many borders and countless lifeworks.

 

Trygve Seim - composer, saxophones
Tora Augestad - vocal
Frode Haltli - accordion
Svante Henryson - cello
Erling Kittelsen / Colman Barks - resitasjon

Asle Karstad - lyd*

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 

TRYGVE SEIM - HELSINKI SONGS

 

With its overt lyricism, strong themes and a sense of perpetual melodic invention, Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim’s new album quickly identifies itself as a classic-in-the-making. Themes of dedication run through Seim’s Helsinki Songs album, a set of tunes composed – for the most part – in the Finnish capital, and radiating tributes in many directions. Here are songs referencing Igor Stravinsky and Jimmy Webb, pieces dedicated to each of Seim’s gifted bandmates, and tunes that tip the hat, obliquely, to Ornette Coleman and Bill Evans. The quartet plays superbly throughout, with outstanding solos from leader Seim and pianist Kristjan Randalu. Helsinki Songs was recorded in Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in January 2018 and produced by Manfred Eicher.


TRYGVE SEIM - RUMI SONGS

 

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim sets the poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), using the inspired contemporary English-language versions of Coleman Barks and Kabir Helminski as his source texts. Trygve responds both to the musicality of the translations and to Rumi’s gifts as a storyteller and with Rumi Songs seems to have invented a new kind of Lieder with a Nordic-Oriental orientation. The line-up is strikingly unorthodox, with each of the quartet members bringing their own musical personalities to the material. Classical mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad is well-known as the leader of her own ensemble Music For A While, and for her numerous music-theatre collaborations with Christoph Marthaler. She finds an intimate tone to convey Rumi’s thoughts, underlined by the elegant arrangements and the improvisational input of Seim, Haltli and Henryson.


TRYGVE SEIM /ANDREAS UTNEM - PURCOR

 

Modestly subtitled “Songs for saxophone and piano”, this recording quietly covers a lot of ground, with repertoire including new musical settings of parts of the Mass, folk songs, theatre music, improvisations, and a new version of Seim’s softly-breathing tune “Bhavana” (first heard on “Different Rivers”). “Purcor” is the first recorded documentation of a duo that already has a 14 year history. In the mid 1990s pianist-composer Andreas Utnem, working with Norway’s Church City Mission foundation, invited saxophonist Seim to join him for selected church services, improvising around variations on the psalms and playing some of his compositions and Trygve’s. In time, this developed into an informal regular ‘gig’ and in 2008 the players decided it was time to record the special music they had shaped along the way. “Purcor” was recorded at Tøyen Kirke, a church in the older part of Oslo. The album is a thoughtful and reflective album, of great charm.

Trygve Seim tenor and soprano saxophones; Andreas Utnem piano, harmonium

 

TRYGVE SEIM/FRODE HALTLI - YERAZ

 

Musicians Seim and Haltli have collaborated often over the years, and Frode is also a member of Trygve’s “Sangam” ensemble. But the flexible duo format has provided a particularly useful forum for the exploration of the most divergent music – from the Armenian folk song that gives the album its title to free play, from Gurdjieff to Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”, and new and old tunes by Trgyve - as well as the exploration of sound, the plangent cry of the sax against the accordion’s breathing reeds. The Seim/Haltli duo has been a popular touring unit in recent seasons: this is the first, eagerly-anticipated, recorded documentation of its music.

“Listen as this reed pipes its plaint/Unfolds its tale of separations”– so begins Rumi’s “The Song of the Reed”. When Trygve Seim and Frode Halti play – activating reeds with lungs and bellows – sounds of saxophone and accordion can be remarkably close, as they draw together the cries of the world. Seim and Haltli explore the similarities between the instruments and the musical history they share. Writing in Jazzwise magazine, UK journalist Geoff Andrew praised a recent Berlin performance by the duo at the appropriately-named Shared Sounds festival. “Trygve Seim and Frode Haltli played a rewarding extended duet that embraced all manner of moods and allusions. The fragmented interplay between saxes and accordion was quite mesmerizingly beautiful.”

 

 

Line up:
Trygve Seim, saxes
Frode Haltli, accordion

 

TRYGVE SEIM - SANGAM

 

“Sangam”, means “coming together”, in Sanskrit, sometimes taken to signify “the meeting point of three rivers”. Interpret that literally in Trygve Seim’s case and the different rivers might symbolize the cross-referencing of jazz, contemporary composition and diverse world folk traditions in his work. On the second ECM album issued under his name, the Norwegian saxophonist draws inspiration from musical and non-musical sources both local and far-flung, bringing these influences to bear on compositions and arrangements that are uniquely personal. Seim has been heard recently with The Source, the improvising group he co-leads with Øyvind Brække and Per Oddvar Johansen (both featured here), and has guested on Christian Wallumrød’s “Sofienberg Variations”, but “Sangam” is closer in spirit to “Different Rivers”, the ECM debut that overwhelmed international critics in 2001.

- Almost painfully beautiful – All About Jazz. Full review HERE



-Seim's soprano sax sounds Andy Sheppard-like against quiet ensemble riffs, and the lovely melody of Beginning an Ending draws sighing, flute-like sounds from Henriksen that barely resemble a trumpet at all. Eerily hymnal contemporary jazz from a unique ensemble long overdue for a trip here - John Fordham, The Guardian 4/5

Trygve's compositions are concerned with painterly colours and a gradual shifting of texture. He's interested in the composite whole rather than creating avehicle for soloing. This is not to say that Seim's band members are completely inhibited; trumpeter Arve Henriksen rises up on several occasions, playing with his softest voice. The leader himself adheres to brightly capering melodies, particularly when soloing on clean soprano. When blowing tenor, Seim has a nuzzling, natural sound, deeply-rounded but recorded with a certain sterile distance

FULL BBC REVIVEW HERE



-En himmelferd av de skjeldne Groove.no 6/7



-Mesterlige melodier – Adresseavisa 5/6


-En djerv og rik plate med en ensembleklang som er sjelden vare her hjemmeDagbladet 6/6

 

Although Trygve Seim has been heard recently with The Source, the improvising group he co-leads with Øyvind Brække and Per Oddvar Johansen (both featured here), and has guested on Christain Wallumrød’s “Sofienberg Variations”, “Sangam” is far closer in spirit to “Different Rivers”, the ECM debut that overwhelmed international critics in 2001. “Different Rivers” won the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik Jahrespreis, the Album-of–the-Year Award of the German Music Critics, appeared on numerous Best-of lists, and received almost unanimous accolades from journalists everywhere.

 

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“Destined to be one of ECM’s classic,” John Fordham predicted in the Guardian. “At times Trygve Seim sounds like no sax player you’ve ever heard – more like wind in the trees, or wooden flutes... An extended band delivers a remarkable sequence of tone trances, at times faintly suggestive of Carla Bley and Gil Evans, but based on small melodic motifs, given strength and mesmeric fascination by progressive harmonic overlays and tonal variation”.“An astonishing ECM debut,” Richard Cook concurred in Jazz Review. “In this age of rhythm, Seim’s music takes an almost contrary stance, dedicating itself to melody, timbre and the utmost refinements of tone and weight….A masterly, uncompromising jazz record.” In the International Herald Tribune, Mike Zwerin wrote that “Seim presents the wind instrument chamber ensemble, a sort of slow-floating, pianissimo little-big band with occasional understated kicks. The shadow of Gil Evans hovers. The horn blowers finesse their personal, breathy, non-symphonic textures from behind the beat.”

He immediately began playing sax – taking up (like Garbarek) both the tenor and the curved soprano – but was soon quickly moving beyond his initial inspiration. If the now-characteristic “Nordic” cry is part of his sound, many other elements have been assimilated. The free jazz of Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler had a major liberating impact while he was studying in Trondheim, where The Source was founded. Amongst players of the North Seim was strongly drawn to Finnish drummer Edward Vesala’s idiosyncratic concepts, and worked intermittently with him over a four-year period, 1995-1999. After Vesala’s death, Seim continued to collaborate with Edward’s widow, harpist-pianist-arranger Iro Haarla (and is part of her new quintet with Jon Christensen, Mathias Eick and Uffe Krokfors – ECM album in preparation).

Seim also acquired a passion for the music of the Far East, especially the flute traditions of Asia (the duduk, the shakuhachi) and Eastern vocal music generally. An interest in Buddhism, too, has left its imprint on his music – the idea of breath is central to the pieces. As in meditation, breath is the motor here, the energiser. And yet the music is strong, not fragile, for all its sensitive arrangements, as audiences who have seen the Seim Ensemble on tour in the last three years will confirm. There is also increasing concern with form, with structure. The Source incorporated music of Lutoslawski on their ECM recording, “The Source and Different Cikadas”, and Seim has cited the influence of Terje Bjørklund, Arvo Pärt and  Henryk Górecki on his writing of recent years.

TRYGVE SEIM BIOS HERE

 

TRYGVE SEIM ENSEMBLE

Trygve Seim, saxes
Arve Henriksen, trumpet
Tora Augestad, vocal
Torben Snekkestad, bass saxophone and contrabass clarinet
Håvard Lund, clarinet, bass clarinet
Embrik Snerte, bassoon and contrabassoon
Øyvind Brække, trombone
Lars Andreas Haug, tuba
Kristine Martens, cello
Frode Haltli, accordion
Per Oddvar Johansen, drums

The ensemble’s strong front line includes trumpeter Arve Henriksen, gradually being recognised as one of the most individual voices in contemporary jazz improvisation. Henriksen has some stunning moments on this disc. If Seim, Henriksen and Haltli most often appear in the arrangements’ spotlight, the underrated Håvard Lund on clarinets also helps shape the tone of the music as a whole. In his writings for the ensemble, however, Trygve Seim is challenging the notion of jazz arrangement as mere backgrounds as soloists. Texture and melodies are highlighted in new ways, the individual voices of the band are often blended, to create new colours, and the distinction between the written and the improvised is constantly blurred.

 

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Past bookings

Oct
24
2019

Tampere, Finland

G Livelab

Oct
23
2019

Helsinki, Finland

G Livelab

Oct
17
2019

Tromsø, Norge

Kulturhuset

Apr
26
2019

Bremen, Germany

Jazz a Head

Apr
14
2019

Voss, Norway

Gamlekinoen (VossaJazz)

Mar
29
2019

Halden, Norway

Vannvogna

Mar
28
2019

Skien, Norway

Ibsenhuset Skien

Mar
27
2019

Oslo, Norway

Sofienberg Kirke

Mar
17
2019

Oslo, Norway

Cosmopolite

Mar
13
2019

Southampton, England

University of Southampton

Mar
9
2019

Turku, Finland

Turku Jazz ry

Mar
8
2019

Bucharest, Romania

Lutheran Church

Mar
2
2019

Kongsvinger, Norway

Vinger Kirke

Mar
1
2019

Fredrikstad, Norway

Østre Fredrikstad Kirke

Feb
28
2019

Nesodden, Norway

Rudolfs Cafe

Nov
11
2018

Frankfurt, Germany

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

Nov
10
2018

Geneva, Switzerland

Grand Theater

Nov
7
2018

Oslo, Norge

Victoria/Nasjonal Jazzscene

Nov
6
2018

München, Germany

Jazzclub Unterfahrt

Nov
2
2018

Tampere, Finland

Tullikamarin Pakkahouse

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