Daniel Herskedal | Voyage
Daniel Herskedal is a musician and composer of extraordinary ability who is pushing the boundaries of his instrument to the limit. ‘Voyage’ emerges as Daniel’s definitive statement so far, merging awe-inspiring beauty with a refreshingly original sound. The music is supremely melodic, tinged with rhythmical flare and vibrant colours.
Worldwide Release: 8th Mar 2019 Format: CD & Digital CD Cat # - EDN1124 CD Barcode - 5060509790562 DANIEL HERSKEDAL tuba and bass trumpet BERGMUND WAAL SKASLIEN viola EYOLF DALE piano HELGE ANDREAS NORBAKKEN percussion Featuring MAHER MAHMOUD oud Produced by Daniel Herskedal Executive producer Dave Stapleton
1 Batten Down The Hatches 2 Cut And Run 3 The Mediterranean Passage In The Age Of Refugees 4 The Great Race, Padua Vs Passat 5 Chatham Dockyard 6 The Horizon 7 The Gulls Are Tossed Paper In The Wind 8 Molly Hunt's Seagulls 9 Rescue-at-sea Operations 10 The Lighthouse
Voyage will be released on Edition Records on 8th March 2019.
ABOUT ‘VOYAGE’ //
Voyage is the new album from Norwegian Tuba player and composer Daniel Herskedal following his acclaimed albums Slow Eastbound Train (2015) and The Roc (2017). With each release the core line-up of Herskedal on Tuba and bass trumpet, pianist Eyolf Dale, percussionist Helge Andreas Norbakken and more recently violist Bergmund Waal Skaslien has become more effortlessly integrated. On Voyage the band exude a seamless flow and interconnectedness with even greater emphasis on the subtlety, nuance and colour that Daniel Herskedal has built his compositional reputation on. But the music is nonetheless equally exciting and captivating. Bridging the melodic beauty of Slow Eastbound Train to the Arabian flavours of The Roc, Voyage stands as a hallmark of Herskedal’s exquisite taste and perfect blend of emotion, melody and rhythmical intensity merged together in a sound that is undeniably his.
To hear Voyage as part of the collection, with Slow Eastbound Train and The Roc, offers its greatest reward. Yet this is not a trilogy nor a part of a larger suite, but a movement in the body of work of a composer and musician deeply involved in a journey of discovery and the resulting music becomes more involved and captivating with each pass.
With his uncompromising ability, vast range, and colour Herskedals’ virtuosity knows no boundaries. His soaring upper register on ‘The Great Race, Padua Vs Passat’ is sublime whilst the opening ‘Batten Down The Hatches’ incorporates fast, rhythmical intensity in the lowest of the tuba’s register. As a composer, Herskadal has the knack of making his melodies seem familiar on first listen and his arrangements are simply works of art. Listen how ‘The Mediterranean Passage In The Age Of Refugees’ builds and develops, weaving the core instruments and Maher Mahmoud’s Oud with a seemingly divine orchestral voice.
Daniel Herskedal has been steadily building his audience through his consistently high-quality albums and live shows, which together demonstrate an instantly recognisable voice. While Voyage is another step on the ladder in what looks set to be a glowing career, it is, of all his albums to date, the one most likely to be seen as a landmark album: one that absolutely defines his sound, his writing and his bandleading at this point. Voyage proves that Daniel has the voice of a master with an instrument that has not been pushed so far, and with music that is exemplarily executed, beautiful and powerful.
“A man who never fails to surprise me…the tuba is a big, heavy instrument but there’s a man who brings a real lightness of touch to the way that he approaches it and also to the way he arranges music as well” Kevin LeGendre
“It feels like the spotlight is on the tuba as a jazz instrument at the moment and Danial is one of the leading exponents of this, playing it with stunning virtuosity…that was amazing stuff…his ability to play fast and with rhythmical intensity in the lowest of the tuba’s registers is a joy to listen to.” Jumoké Fashola BBC RADIO 3
“Voyage continues a scintillating travelogue that follows from Slow Eastbound Train (Edition, 2015) and The Roc (Edition, 2017), while expanding his scope even further in beautifully imaginative ways. Herskedal doesn’t write songs as much as he composes miniature film scores that are graceful and understatedly majestic.” 4 ½ STAR review All About Jazz
“Daniel Herskedal places the sound concept of this fabulous ensemble at the service of hope: permanently open borders, cosmopolitanism and hospitality. Who, in Herskedal’s musical conception thinks “We can do it!”, is not wrong.” NDR Info
“Daniel Herskedal continues to break new ground with his third album…Most striking is, of course, Herskedal’s remarkable ability to vary his instrument, one moment a pumping base in the lowest registers, the next a lyrical singing voice in the higher ones, or as the French Horn in a concerto or an electronic horn sound taken from a Pink Floyd performance…But Herskedal is also a very exciting composer with a mind for timeless melodies…It must also be noted that Herskedal’s band sounds phenomenally good with Bergmund Waal Skaslien on viola, Eyolf Dale on piano, and Helge Andreas Norbakken on percussion.” – Lira Magazine, SE
‘It is when the tuba and viola combine, as they do on so many monophonic unison passages, that we hear an entirely new texture in music’ Audiophile Audition (USA) on ‘Voyage’
‘Daniel Herskedal is a young tuba player from Norway, and he also dissolves the tuba from its previous context and gives it completely new functions: his tuba playing is imaginative, bouncy, melodic and sometimes melancholic – and in any case original….Unique music, excellent musicians, great atmosphere = album of the week!’ WDR, DE RADIO
‘Voyage [is] a stunning suite of pieces for ensemble members from his previous two recordings. It’s immensely gratifying to witness a young musician as gifted as Herskedal furthering his concept year after year in inventive ways right before our very ears’ BBC Radio 3, J-Z
‘The Norwegian tuba player Daniel Herskedal is an exceptional musician with an unusual instrument. When he plays his tuba, one quickly forgets the reputation of heaviness that his instrument often suffers from.’ Jazz N’ More, DE Magazine
‘Norwegian tuba player Daniel Herskedal is nothing short of a miracle, which is mainly brought about by his perfect mastery of the instrument’. JAZZENZO
“…a formidable album, and a highlight in an album career that certainly hasn’t peaked yet.” Jazz In Norge, Terje Mosnes (NORWAY”S LEADING JAZZ JOURNALIST)
“European music, African American jazz and eastern influences makes this a form of ambitious world music in a class of its own.”
Romsdals Budstikke (KEY BLOG)
“Slow Eastbound Train” has been a wonderful confirmation that Herskedal is a super talent as a composer, arranger and not least as instrumentalist. Tor de jazz/Nettavisen – Online newspaper
“Captivated the audience with evocative geniality.” Concert review from Nattjazz Festival in Bergen
‘Daniel Herskedal has established a reputation for radiant eloquence and flawless virtuosity… his broadening palette is becoming a very inviting one’ John Fordham, The Guardian
“…makes the tuba sound like a different instrument, exquisite in hushed tones and his vocalised sounds…evoke moonlit prairies…” Jazzwise
All Music by Daniel Herskedal Produced by Daniel Herskedal Executive producer: Dave Stapleton Recorded by Are Simonsen at Store Studio, Bodø, Norway Mixed by August Wanngren at Virkeligheden Mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering Artwork by Oli Bentley, Split. Cover photo by Knut Åserud Supported by: Fond For Utøvende Kunstnere Komponistenes Vederlagsfond