“Sangam”, means “coming together”, in Sanskrit, sometimes taken to signify “the meeting point of three rivers”. Interpret that literally in Trygve Seim’s case and the different rivers might symbolize the cross-referencing of jazz, contemporary composition and diverse world folk traditions in his work. On the second ECM album issued under his name, the Norwegian saxophonist draws inspiration from musical and non-musical sources both local and far-flung, bringing these influences to bear on compositions and arrangements that are uniquely personal.
Seim has been heard recently with The Source, the improvising group he co-leads with Øyvind Brække and Per Oddvar Johansen (both featured here), and has guested on Christian Wallumrød’s “Sofienberg Variations”, but “Sangam” is closer in spirit to “Different Rivers”, the ECM debut that overwhelmed international critics in 2001.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Trygve Seim Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone

Havard Lund Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

Nils Jansen Bass Saxophone, Contrabass Clarinet

Arve Henriksen Trumpet

Tone Reichelt French Horn

Lars Andreas Haug Tuba

Frode Haltli Accordion

Morten Hannisdal Cello

Per Oddvar Johansen Drums

Oyvind Braekke Trombone

Helge Sunde Trombone

String Ensemble Orchestra

Christian Eggen Conductor

 

RECORDED

October 2002-March 2004, Rainbow Studio, Oslo