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welcome to our world of universal pure music

For the beginning of the new year we like to invite you to our newest video of "ZIRBEL", a track on our actual album "PURE", wich became one of five albums of this year, chosen by the german radio WDR! essenceofnorth WDR3's favorite album of 2022

The album PURE is available here: PURE Album  or send me a message with your address and I will post the CD immediately. 

"PURE" video: YOUTUBE

"ZIRBEL" video: YOUTUBE

Pure contains 11 pieces of healing music, curing the lack of cultural emotions and empathy during this time, enjoying hearts and celebrating the wonders of water-based world.

Gerdur introduces herself with the Viola wich became a beloved member of our instrument-family. I wrote some music for Viola such as "Pärts Hand", dedicated to Arvo Pärt, with whom Gerdur had the honor to work, or Grákinnatindar, a steep rocky mountain in Iceland, that we climbed. Also "Gerdia" is a composition for Viola and Bassclarinet, wich brings up memories of my Italian grandmother, wich barely could spell Gerdur's name, so she found her Italian solution Gerdia!        

In summer 22 we spent a period at the most western point of Europe in Iceland, where we collected inspirations for new music and art. Watch the new small video recorded in an old fermentation silo wich became a delicate artwork as part of a large exhibition in the area: 65.33029° N 22.13318°W

ABOUT

Gerdur Gunnarsdóttir   violin viola voice
Claudio Puntin    clarinet bassclarinet compositions soundscapes

UNIVERSAL SOUND SYNCHRONICITY INFLUENCED BY URBAN SILENCE

"Their album has already become an outstanding documentary milestone for ECM."  (www.jazzecho.de)

"A stylistically timeless atmosphere of touching validity and compelling effect." (Westdeutsche Zeitung)

"Gunnarsdóttir and Puntin are capable of reducing their material down to its essence, and thus expression and emotion are vastly increased."  (General Anzeiger, Beethovenhaus Bonn)

"This figurative catchiness and enveloping warmth of your poetic miniatures always remains in its naturalness, even in complex structures, similar to a northern light that does not need any explanation in order to experience it.“ (a fan)

Both musicians look back on a remarkable diversity in their musical carreer. They worked with international Orchestras and ensembles like the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Netherlands Ballet Orkestra and many chambermusic ensembles. As improvising and composing musicians they share musical context including artists like: Carla Bley, Fred Frith, Skuli Sverrisson, Sidsel Endresen, Ambiq, Steve Reich, Ricardo Villalobos, Emiliana Torrini, Samuel Rohrer, Martin Fondse, Nils Wogram a.m.o. They created soundtracks to artworks, books, films, exhibitions by: Orhan Pamuk, Goscinny & Sempé, Jane Austen, Alba G. Corral, Anselm Kiefer, Daniel Kehlmann. Their main work consists of solistic participation at international Contemporary-, Arts- Electronic-, Jazz-, and Theater-Festivals. 

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essenceofnorth "PURE" 1.61records

essenceofnorth "PURE" 1.61records

essenceofnorth "YLIR"  ECM Records 1749

essenceofnorth "YLIR" ECM Records 1749

EAST for Clarinet & Stingquartet UNIT Records

EAST for Clarinet & Stingquartet UNIT Records

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1.61 Records  

phone  +49 179 4973730

mail   claudio@puntin.de 

ECM Records (for our album "YLIR"):

phone  +49 89 851048

mail   ecmrecords@ecmrecords.com