Trygve Seim Helsinki Songs (NO/FI/EE)
Trygve Seim has always looked East in many ways. Firstly, in the 1990s, he co-operated with Edward Vesala, and later with numerous other Finnish musicians. Later, he studied the musical heritage of Rumi's ancient Persian, Indian, Armenian and Arabic roots, working with these influences and embarking on a voyage of discovery with his musical projects.
Trygve Seim lies somewhere on the middle ground with his new Helsinki Songs album. Most of the songs – including the title piece – were composed during numerous writing sessions at an apartment owned by The Finnish Composer's Association. The people of Helsinki, its nature and architecture, its extraordinary displays of light & darkness, its shifting moods, have all informed the powerful lyricality of the pieces. However, Seim´s pan-Scandinavian adventures are still influenced by the Norwegian oceanic climate, which exaggerates intense themes and ruthless melodies.
Stimulating in its quietness and hauntingly poignant in its textures, ”Helsinki Songs” favours slow tempos and embraces a memorably dusky lyricism, exposing an attractive anti-climatic nature.
- Trygve Seim - sax
- Markku Ounaskari - drums
- Mats Eilertsen - bass
- Kristjan Randalu - piano