Iro Haarla: Ante Lucem - for Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Quintet (CD) 【ECM】
Ante Lucem, a powerful suite for jazz quintet and symphony orchestra by Finnish pianist/harpist/composer Iro Haarla, was premiered at the Umeå Jazz Festival in October 2012. It was recorded at the Concert Hall of NorrlandsOperan in Umeå, and the album is drawn both from the premiere concert and from sessions on the following days. Ante Lucem is comprised of four separate yet closely linked pieces which reflect in different ways, the composer says, upon the “struggle between darkness and light.” In a review of the premiere for All about Jazz, John Kelman observed that “Haarla’s writing moved from maelstrom-like turbulence to deeper melancholy … Whether it was more dramatic turns with the full orchestra or breakdowns into smaller subsets, it was an evocative and provocative performance.”
Iro Haarla - Piano, Harp
Trygve Seim - Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Hayden Powell - Trumpet
Ulf Krokfors - Double Bass
Mika Kallio - Drums, Percussion
01. Songbird Chapel
02. Persevering with Winter
03. ...and the Darkness have not overcome it...
04. Ante Lucem - Before Dawn...