3-4 Weeks

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Rune Grammofon welcomes back Arve Henriksen to the label with this 7LP vinyl box. Henriksen is probably Norway's most versatile musician of his generation, always on the move, always searching and exploring possible and seemingly impossible paths. From the Rune Grammofon catalog, he is known through eleven releases as a founding member of groundbreaking improv group Supersilent -- four with Food (two of them on RG) and three solo albums. He was a member of the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble and has played and recorded with a large number of Norwegian and international musicians, most notably David Sylvian and Dhafer Youssef. In 2008, he released the album Cartography on ECM. Solidification includes his Rune Grammofon albums Sakuteiki (RCD 2021CD), Chiaroscuro (RCD 2037CD), and Strjon (RCD 2061CD), all with added bonus tracks as well as the brand-new album Chron -- his first since Cartography and only available as part of this set. His debut Sakuteiki is very much a solo effort -- a pure, naked and highly personal set of lyrical beauty as far removed from Supersilent as possible. Produced at a point when time was running fast with too many projects as well as personal distractions, he needed to evaluate the past and find his way forward. Chiaroscuro was largely the result of a 2003 tour with live sampler and electronics manipulator Jan Bang and drummer Audun Kleive. It's more of a group effort and a more multilayered recording, also introducing Henriksen as the amazing singer he is. Strjon is a tribute to his roots and the beautiful surroundings of his small hometown Stryn in the northwest part of Norway. Similar to Sakuteiki, it's a quest for identity, both on a personal and musical level. Collaborators are fellow Supersilent colleagues Helge Sten and Ståle Storløkken. While Cartography can be seen as a follow-up to Chiaroscuro, Chron can be seen as a natural successor to Strjon. It reveals Arve Henriksen the explorer and discoverer; singing, playing trumpet, keyboards and drums as well as largely being recorded in various unlikely locations. The beautiful 24-page booklet includes extensive liner notes from Fiona Talkington and John Kelman. The package includes two data DVDs with all tracks as 16/44 files, hi-res FLAC files and original master quality 24/44 or 24/96 WAV files.