Anja Lauvdal: piano, harmonium and synthesizer
Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson: double bass
Hans Hulbækmo: drums, Jew’s harp, percussion, saw and wind instruments
Nils Økland: Hardanger fiddle
The members of Moskus form a restless trio, and their form of expression is both immediately recognisable and constantly galloping freely in new and unexpected directions. As a result of the trio’s restlessness all of their recording sessions have taken place in different cities and venues – and for pianist Anja Lauvdal on widely different instruments. “Salmesykkel” was recorded at the legendary Atlantis Studio in Stockholm on a Steinway grand piano, while for the follow-up album, “Mestertyven”, an ordinary upright piano was played in Risør Church. After a successful concert at Haugesund Billedgalleri the trio decided to recorded their third album there. The gallery, which was designed by the anthroposophically oriented architect David Sandved, boasts several rooms with outstanding and inspiring acoustics in addition to an older Steinway.
The trio have expanded both their soundscape and their collection of instruments on this album. This is a recording full of stark contrasts, from unassuming acoustic chamber music to small, surprising and simple electronic pieces. They have also invited the musical trailblazer Nils Økland to join them, and he plays Hardanger fiddle on two exceptionally inspired tracks.