Album of the Week // 2-6 August

Sven Wunder - Natura Morta [Piano Piano]

Previously, Sven Wunder’s 2019 album Eastern Flowers took us into the world of Levantine Sea using Anatolian rock, European jazz, psychedelia and traditional folk melodies, while 2020’s Wabi Sabi mixed jazz and Eastern and Southern Asian sounds to present an aural aesthetic of the Japanese ancient wisdom.

Sven Wunder by John Henriksson

Natura Morta, "still life" in Italian, explores art as a bridge between nature and the human ability to judge and observe in eleven musical compositions, with brightly coloured textures and an emphasis on vibrant melodies. The album collects pieces from a continuous variety of melodies — supported by a decisive rhythm section — creating a musical kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. Sven Wunder brings life into a rich assortment of musical implications by fusing and combining melodic instruments with each other in a setting that spans from a classical to a modern idiom. The author evokes this panoramic portrait by articulating an instrumental dialog between a chamber orchestra and a jazz ensemble. The result is a musical celebration of material pleasures that also serves as a reminder of the brevity of human life.

Sven Wunder and band in rehearsal by John Henriksson

The staff used on Natura Morta is the following:
9 violins, 4 violas, 3 cellos, 1 flute, 1 piano, 1 electric piano, 1 cembalo, 1 twelve-string guitar, 1 electric guitar, 1 trumpet, 1 flugelhorn, 1 tenor horn, 1 marimba, 1 electric bass, drums and percussions.

This album was produced with financial support from the Swedish Arts Council.

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