Nils Petter Molvær, trumpet player, composer and producer, connects multiple music styles - jazz, ambient, house, electronic and break beats, as well as elements from hip hop, rock and pop music - and effortlessly melts them into convincing soundscapes of deep intensity. June sees the influential performer and composer heading out on a short East Coast tour of the US.
Nils Petter Molvær’s music makes people see things. Visions and images; some dark some luminous. –It all depends on the person says, Nils Petter. The images are not mine, they belong to the listener. But I think it’s a good sign that my music invokes images, and sometimes even discloses simple truth: A girl wrote me once to tell me that I had saved her life; my music made her realize that she was not alone.
Since his solo debut Khmer from 1997, NPM has stood forth as something of a musical sorcerer. His masterful blending of seemingly opposing principles of musical expressions continues to surprise and deeply affect the listener. His processed trumpet tone, the interweaving of electronic, ambient house elements with warm jazz timbres and eclectic field recordings is by now an unmistakable musical voice. Still, with each step and every record his powerful amalgamative music moves towards greater clarity and precision. How his music affects people is not his concern, that it does is.
‘I always work towards emotional precision and clarity says Nils Petter, maybe it can be compared to refining tools: what they are used to is not up to me, but the fact that they can work with precision is very important.’
Molvær’s latest album ‘Hamada’ was released to rave reviews earlier this year. An exclusive interview with Molvær can be found here.
Nils Petter Molvær's Last.fm site
Nils Petter Molvær's Myspace site
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