The Norwegian duo Ballrogg, consisting of saxophone player Klaus Ellerhusen
Holm and bass player Roger Arntzen, have made an intriguing new album. Since
their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album (BLGCD003), the duo has
moved into significantly deeper water, drawing influences from European
contemporary music as well as American avantgarde. On Insomnia, their influences
are mixed with a cinematic sensitivity, creating soundscapes that are deeply
disturbing and stunningly beautiful.
On Insomnia the duo are joined by guitarist/laptop artist Lars Myrvoll and
Ole-Henrik Moe and Kari Rønnekleiv on three tracks, expanding
the duo´s sonic palette even further.
BALLROGG (BLGCD003) released
March 10, 2008 on Bolage Reviews
excerpts from debut album BALLROGG: All audio is excerpts from the original files, 160 kbps mp3 quality.
(Eric Dolphy) | 1:36 sec Sex
Spy (Ornette Coleman) | 1:49 sec Out
To Lunch (Eric Dolphy) | 1:33 sec Ball
(Klaus E. Holm/Roger Arntzen) | 1:05 sec
Bolage about Ballrogg:
We are very proud to present our third release: the Norwegian duo
Ballrogg´s self titled debut album. Ballrogg is Klaus Ellerhusen Holm
on alto saxophone and clarinet, and Roger Arntzen on the double bass. It
is a true joy to hear two accomplished and daring young players interpret
classics from the free jazz/ avantgarde repertoire, including works by Eric
Dolphy, Jimmy Giuffre and Ornette Coleman. Three songs are composed by the
band members them selves.
The transparency of the duo format gives the music a rare purity, and really
makes the quality of the songs shine through. Exploring yet lyrical, this
music is fresh, challenging and strikingly beautiful.