Eivind Aarset is like a shy musical Jedi Knight. The force is strong in him, obviously, for his guitar has played a major part in sculpting a lot of the most important music to come out of Norway in the past ten- to fifteen years. He is an experimental jazz maestro, yet a reclusive one. The four records he has released in his own name are elusive masterpieces; dark, timeless things that live their lives in a world without neon signs and advertisements.
The first record he released in his own name was entitled Electronique Noir, and the concept of Black noise/white silence is a kind of watchword he has hung on to. Maybe it is not about darkness though, but the enigmatic aspect of his music: Three more brilliant records down the road Aarset has often been portrayed as a soothsayer and a sage; one asking questions with his music that the rest of us will only discover the answers to in the still misty future.
As one of Norway’s most in-demand guitarists, Eivind Aarset has worked with Bill Laswell, Dhafer Youssef, Jon Hassell, Jan Garbarek, Paolo Fresu, Marilyn Mazur, J.Peter Schwalm, Talvin Singh, and Andy Sheppard. For nearly a decade he was a mainstay with Nils Petter Molvaer’s band, (appearing on nearly all of Molvaer’s solo albums, including the breakthrough album “Khmer” and 2006’s award-winning “ER”). He also has collaborated with Dhafer Youssef, both live and in the studio and has in later years also devoted considerable time on the road and in the studio with Japanese koto master Michiyo Yagi.
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