The Hymn Project

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
Dennis Gonzalez
The Hymn Project



Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - contrabass
  Aaron Gonzalez - contrabass
Dennis Gonzalez - trumpet, gongs, voice
  Henna Chou - cello
Stefan Gonzalez - drums, balafon, congas

Listen: "Doxology" from The Hymn Project:

"...The Hymn Project is Norwegian contrabassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten’s first proper Texas recording since moving to Austin in 2008.  (It) presents a mixture of traditionals and music composed and improvised with Norwegian and rural Southern American folk hymns in mind. Of course, it’s not too hard to draw a line from this work to the music of Albert Ayler. With a string trio, there’s a variety of blended and oppositional sonorities that sweep around and underneath the trumpet.
The closing “Herido” is a stone classic, bolstered by a monstrous vamp that occasionally tugs at its own sense of time, with the trumpeter singing the words of St. John of the Cross (in Spanish) and supported by driving cymbal and conga rhythms. One could easily imagine such a tune being compiled by Universal Sound twenty years hence. Though Flaten’s work with The Thing, Atomic, and other high-octane Scandinavian improvising groups is unimpeachable, it’s wonderful to hear him in a context that finds its strength in delicacy and a diverse set of musical-cultural streams."

-Clifford Allen: Ni Kan Tu Blog

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