Grønseth/Skinner duo: At Swing Audio 2013
Feat. Misa Wakabayashi
Messiaen prelude no. 1 "The Dove"
Ligeti etude no. 4 "Fanfares"
Edvard Grieg "Butterfly"
Messiaen prelude no. 8 "A reflection in the wind"
Pianist David Arthur Skinner and saxophonist Anders Lønne Grønseth have played together since 1999 as members of the group Sphinx, which has toured internationally for many years. In 2005 they began working together as a duo, to explore more "classical" sonorities.
The album "Arc-en-ciel" features partly-improvised arrangements for piano and saxophone of various classical pieces which were originally written for piano alone: Olivier Messiaen's Preludes, Gyorgy Ligeti's Etudes, and two chromatic fantasies by Bela Bartok.
In 2006, we released our first duo album, Phantasmagoria, on AIM records. The project started for Anders' performance exam when finishing music college. This album therefore features compositions by Anders, except for the first tune, Prime, which was written by David.
The instrumentation of just piano and saxophone, without bass and drums, opened up new possibilities for working with a less overtly rhythmic manner of phrasing, and a flexible form. In this way improvisations could be used to link written sections, rather than extemporising on the harmonies of a repeated chord-sequence.
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Anders Lønne Grønseth plays soprano, alto and tenor sax, as well as clarinet and bass clarinet. He is also very active as a composer. Grønseth studied briefly at Leeds College of Music before choosing to return to Oslo to study at NMH in Oslo, where he took his Bachelor's degree in music. He is a busy professional musician who works as a conductor with several different big-bands. He has very wide musical interests: he writes for string quartets as well as jazz groups; he has toured with Sami traditional musicians as well as pop artists and has spent some time studying Indian music in Calcutta. He also has a Master's degree in performance from Gothenburg university in Sweden.
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David Arthur Skinner plays the piano, guitar, and percussion, and composes music. He became a full-time musician in Yorkshire, UK in 2001, moving to Norway in 2005. Skinner has performed extensively in the UK and Norway, and also many other countries in Europe and several tours in Japan. Skinner took his BA in classical composition at the Grieg Academy in Bergen. He takes a master's degree in jazz performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo from autumn 2012.