Photo by Robert Abel (© Robert Abel 2015)
Spin Marvel is originally the brainchild of drummer Martin France in conjunction with Norwegian sound sculptor Terje Evensen and british bassist Tim Harries. For their third release, after Spin Marvel (2006, Babel Label) and The Reluctantly Politicised Mr James (2010, Edition Records), which also their first for RareNoiseRecords, Infolding they are joined by celebrated Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, and british producer/drummer Emre Ramazanoglu.
Together they create spacious and dramatic soundscapes of profound intensity blending aspects of free jazz, ambient music and electronica in new and provocative ways.
France, a veteran drummer on the U.K. jazz scene who played in the cooperative group First House and the big band Loose Tubes during the ‘80s and later worked with Iain Bellamy and Django Bates in the ‘90s, has performed and recorded with some of the world's great musicians including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Arild Andersen, Ralph Towner and Marc Johnson. Currently a Professor of Jazz (Drums/Percussion) at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he applies his considerable skills and musical touch to the kit in the more open-ended environment of his Spin Marvel projects.
“The use of openness and space is a very important part of what we do,” he says. “And creating something from this place allows the musician to feel free and uninhibited and move it in a direction they want to express. I have known Nils for many years and was always hoping that an opportunity would arise to somehow get him involved with Spin Marvel”. Nils commented, “To play with such wonderful gifted and open minded musicians was a true pleasure”.
Infolding began as a single day of live recording with France, Molvaer, Harries and Evensen before Ramazanoglu came onboard. “It was recorded live in a four hour session for the BBC (JazzOn3),” explains France. “Sometime after the recording I sat and listened to the takes and selected the performances to form a programme to fit the BBC R3 running time. We were all very happy with the session and how the music was sounding so I forwarded the master files to producer Emre Ramazanoglu, who then worked with the music and produced it for us.
The mix of the original multitracks was quite involved, as explained by Emre Ramazanoglu himself
“I tend to mold my mixing style to the project at hand and on this one I just was led to that kind of dramatic, spacey sound by immersing myself in the mix and creating as much of a performance there as I could. I mixed these tracks really quite intensely and stuck with my first reaction and the decisions that I made from it. I intensively used convolution processing to get different instruments modulating each other and a lot of interactive compression and effect processing to shape the individual voices into larger, dense blocks of sound in which the boundaries between the instruments are blurred perhaps."
A dynamic and inventive collaboration between potent musical forces, Infolding breaks all the rules while leading the way for new possibilities in music-making.
Spin Marvel are :
Martin France - drums
Nils Petter Molvaer - trumpet
Tim Harries - bass
Terje Evensen - sound sculpture, live electronics
Emre Ramazanoglu - production and additional drums