12th Annual Jazz Album Winner
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Record Label: Norcd
Home Base: Oslo and Amsterdam
Categories Entered: Jazz Album
Work Submitted: Spinnaker
Artists Featured: Håkon Storm – Guitar, Thomas Winther Andersen – Bass, Mark Coehoorn – Drums, Natalio Sued – Tenorsax
Label: NORCD, Norway
Who are your influences?: Inspiration comes from a wide spectrum of styles from the past 50 years, electric, acoustic as well as classical. Each of the four band members is influenced by different instrumentalists; one common reference is that we all studied the playing and improvising concepts of pianist Lennie Tristano, although the sound of our music now has evolved far away from his music.
Describe your nominated work: I am tempted to use a press quote from the Norwegian Magazine Side2: The music is exceptionally beautiful and contemplative, at moments intense and rockish.
As a musician I say: Spinnaker is the 2nd album of Winther-Storm since 2010. We try to merge different directions in jazz and concepts into one unified whole. Good forceful melodic lines with a sophisticated harmonic language as in the ballad “Longer”, the waltz “October” the jazz tunes “Rundt Svingen” and “Cross Atlantic view nr 3”. “Dolphy Dance” is a freely melodic concept where harmony and regular rhythm vanished. “Return To E” uses both, it starts with a freely time concepts and moves into a nice medium jazz feel, it has both a chord sequence and a open section. “Spinnaker” and “Middle North Codex” associate with Jazz-rock and explores an outspoken sound concept in the guitar parts. Together with “Mixed Up” they are three tunes based on groove and a baseline. Rhythm and sound is main elements in these tunes.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: Guitarist Håkon always bring his 77 pound flight case with magic sounds of all brands.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: We did several recordings with new unrehearsed material during the tour around our first CD Patchwork. We started to record without a real plan. It emerged while we collected the material and a lucky and fine result is this record.
How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: Håkon and my self take the economic risk, we use personal savings and some of the overhead costs from touring with the band.
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 12th IMAs?: If I have recorded a CD I am motivated for some time to find the audience interested in hearing it. Applying for the IMA was natural to do for us, independent as we are! A prestigious prize here in Holland is for example only for signed artist with labels that sponsors the prize.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: To Finish a album like this feels already a success. I still hope our recordings can reach out to a bigger audience, and that we will play more concerts in good venues and festivals presenting and expanding the music of this band.
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: I am sending out some newsletters and post on social media. I try to mobilize my network and press to take notice of this new achievement of being nominated for IMA alongside other fine artist.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: I think Winther-Storm music can speak to a lot of music lovers. Anyone who likes jazz from the fifties and sixties and/or electric groups from the eighties and later such as: Brecker Brothers, Weather Report, Miles Davis , Jimi Hendrix, John Scofield or Dave Holland. Let us know if I am right after checking our music?
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: If there will be an enormous demand for us after the success of Spinnaker I will be glad to get back to you!
Who are your musical heroes & influences?: Lennie Tristano, Wayne Shorter, Elvin Jones, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Håkon also mentions guitarists as Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Steve Vai, John McLaughlin.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: I like Duke Ellington’s answer. He said: The one I didn’t make yet.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: I don’t know.
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: Streaming is taking over slowly. I also follow live music around Amsterdam and recommendations from musicians I work with occasionally a buy a CD with rare hard to find music.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: I think playing concert will become more important than producing albums for income. It means for me that I need to spend some of the budget from playing on the production of CD’s. As an artist I found it extremely important to also record to evolve and develop musically. Crowd funding as well as Government and/or Business sponsoring is also important for new music to arise.
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: It really matters that they support and go out to consume and pay for the music they like. I hope they will search and make space for artist, also those not regularly presented at national television and by major labels or PR campaigns.
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: I am wandering about the time aspect of new albums in the future, there is no limits set by the recording standard any more. I think I will approach it as a concert with 35 to 50 minutes of coherent collection of material to make up a set or a recording, then publish it as streaming and download.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…big and small depending on how things turn out and what kind of music you make. It is hard to get a grip of. Jazz has a big audience world wide but maybe only one of every 500 inhabitants is interested, that makes them hard to find and reach.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: The band members have different projects and bands and are working regularly. This band is planning a tour in Netherlands and Germany as well as Norway in 2013/14. Anyone interested to promote and book us in US or elsewhere please contact.