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Balls And Kittens, Draught And Strangling Rain


The Hubro label presents JAE's stunning debut album Balls And Kittens, Draught And Strangling Rain. JAE is a solo project from the talented Dutch musician, songwriter and singer Jessica Sligter, who has divided her time between Oslo and Amsterdam in recent years. JAE's music is an eclectic mix of influences from folk, pre-war blues, jazz, classical music, free improvisation and more. Ragged and windblown, seductive and captivating, always with something unexpected lurking right around the corner. Sligter is originally from Utrecht, The Netherlands, and was trained at the music conservatories in Utrecht and Amsterdam. She found a group of musicians who suited her project perfectly in Oslo's young jazz and improvisation community. "When I studied music in Amsterdam I found myself moving more and more in an experimental direction. I didn't see any possibility of doing what I wanted to do musically in Amsterdam, and couldn't find a milieu that suited me. But I did find one in Norway! When I arrived in Oslo I booked a room at a hostel, took the underground up to the Norwegian Academy of Music, and asked people coming out of the building if they were studying jazz! It was fun, but I wouldn't do the same thing now," she says. "But that's how I got to know some people from the young improv community, and then it was easy to make contact with many more." She has a versatile group of musicians joining her on the record. They come from bands that include Splashgirl, Streifenjunko, the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and Rockettothesky. Musicians include: Jan Martin Smørdal, Daniel Meyer Grønvold, Kyrre Laastad, Eivind Lønning, Martin Taxt, Ole Henrik Moe Jr., Kari Rønnekleiv, Juhani Silvola, Andreas Løwe, Andreas Lønmo Knudsrød, Espen Reinertsen, Viljam Nybacka, Jo Berger Myhre, and Håvard Skaset. Mixed by Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Bonnie Prince Billy) in Nashville.