Helge Lien Improvises Powerful Soundscapes

The imaginative CD cover depicts the pianist hanging in an upright piano, almost as though he had been crucified and his hands doomed to play the instrument through all eternity. The new CD, titled Kattenslager, was not recorded on an upright, of course, but on a C. Bechstein C 234 grand piano, on 3 and 4 October 2011 at Pettersens Kolonial Lydstudio.
 
Helge Lien brings us to a musical universe made of atonal music and dark expressionism, as well as moments of lightness, soft poetry and beautiful melodies. On this album the Norwegian jazz musician, who also has a thriving career with his own trio, exuberantly blurs the boundaries between tonal and atonal music, jazz and classical, Nordic tradition and international avant-garde. An amazing acoustic adventure.