Meditations On Christmas
The experienced young duo of Gunnar Halle (trumpet) and Espen Eriksen (piano) present familiar Christmas carols in reflective new settings on Meditations On Christmas. Sensitive ensemble-playing and lyrical calm runs like a golden thread throughout the disc. The strength and the message of these Christmas songs is so powerful, that they shine no matter what sort of light is cast upon them. The music is incredibly beautiful, but challenging to the listener, too, in improvisations and new arrangements. The duo performed a long series of overwhelmingly well-received concerts before they made the recording at Oslo's legendary Rainbow Studio in May of 2010. Gunnar Halle is most certainly a name to remember for the future. He was born in 1973 in Bærum, near Oslo, and studied in Copenhagen, where he established himself as one of the most sought-after young trumpeters of his generation. Since 2001, he has pursued his musical career full-time, collaborating mostly with Danish, Swedish and Finnish musicians, touring the world and contributing on over 60 recordings. Espen Eriksen was born in Haugesund in 1974. He is best known today as leader of the Espen Eriksen Trio.