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Sheriffs of Nothingness

A Summer's Night At The Crooked Forest

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Kari Rønnekleiv - violin

Ole-Henrik Moe - viola


01 Marvin as troll (trying almost Fafner-solution) (4:00)

02 Forrest with Brian F. (1:25)

03 For Deathprod (3:54)

04 Melanesian trolls (4:03)

05 Complaints over cattle-calls (2:10)

06 Asbjørnsen by the fireplace (featuring A. Strype on fireplace) (3:28)

07 Opera Interruptus (supporting C. Ore + B. Moslet) (:56)

08 Sunset over the crooked forrest (5:55)

09 Epitaph (for A. Nordheim) (7:48)

10 Asbjørnsens fairy-tale-mixture (6:48)

11 The summer-night at the crooked forrest (fireplace 2) (4:26)

About A Summer's Night At The Crooked Forest

SOFA has been looking forward to this release for a long time. In 2007 Kari Rønnekleiv won the Norwegian Grammy for the best contemporary music album performing Ole Henrik Moe’s music for violin. Now they are releasing their first duo album as improvisers. “A summer’s night at the crooked forest” was recorded in sound engineer Audun Strype’s cabin at Krokskogen outside of Oslo during a summer night in 2010.

The two violinists often blend together in an undistiguishable mass of sound. But before the music becomes predictable, one of the violins will break out of the mass, causing a sudden rupture. These breaks can be seen as transitions, as they as elegantly figureskaters, always find eachother again. Maybe one can call the style «Chase-relay», where the tension is found when and how the musicians break out of the mass, and how they together reach the new timbral plateaus.

Inspired by the Norwegian fairy tale “A summer’s night at Krokskogen” the duo has created a unique atmosphere on this album, which also contains a composition by Moe dedicated to the Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim (1931-2010).

Ole Henrik Moe jr. is already one of Norway’s most sought after composers. He received Arne Nordheim Composer Award in 2006, and also received great critics for his album “«Vent, litt, lenger»” with the Arditti Quartet. Kari Rønnekleiv has performed with ensembles as the Trondheim Soloists, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Kim Myhr, and the last couple of years she has been soloist at festivals as Wien Modern, Zürich Tage für neue Musik, Bremen Tage für neue Musik and Ultima Oslo.


Le son du grisli

Traînant ou agissant par saccades, les archets conjoints du duo Sheriffs of Nothingness tissent des tapis d’ombres aux variations charmantes. Emportées ou redondantes, fiévreuses ou apaisantes, ce sont-là onze pièces environnementales (Summer Nights, Sunset, Forests…). Qui balancent sous le coup des soupçons ou unissons féroces des païens archets de Kari Ronnekleiv et Ole Henrik Moe. -- read the whole review»

Guillaume Belhomme

Improv Sphere

Des timbres surprenants, mais aussi des dynamiques extrêmement intenses et puissantes, extrêmes et souvent violentes, voire agressives, que ce duo norvégien a l'intelligence de rééquilibrer par des phases lentes et douces, délicates et subtiles. Un très bon début dans le monde de l'improvisation pour ces deux interprètes/compositeurs norvégiens. -- read the whole review»

Julien Heraud


In point of fact, not all the music is improvised - «Epitaph» is a composition by Moe - but who cares when it's this good? -- read the whole review»

Dan Warburton


Til tider låter det så kaldt og skarpt som krittskraping mot en tavle, andre tider tilforlatelig enkelt som en ensom tone i et tomt rom. Men hele tiden med en sterk nerve, et uvirkelig samspill og en ukuelig vilje. -- read the whole review»

Svein Magnus Furu

Bergens Tidende

(...) det er bare å glede seg til neste gang sheriffene skal ut på eventyr. -- read the whole review»

Stephan Meidell


Kari Rønnekleiv, fiolin og Ole Henrik Moe, bratsj skaper overraskende klangbilder og teksturer og lar intensitet inngå direkte i kvaliteten -- read the whole review»

Arild Andersen