"Over the years, Snekkestad has explored vast areas of music in a conscious and
open-minded way. Exemplary projects within music of the baroque, contemporary music,
rock, folk music and freejazz/improv. make up his diverse musical curriculum, and with
Conic Folded, these threads are united on a focused, virtuosic and original musical journey.
With advanced playing techniques, intuitive improvisations, refined compositional
use of structure, tone and form and a distinct poetic ear, Snekkestad earns himself a place
in the unbroken line of groundbreaking Norwegian saxophonists.
Conic Folded expresses intense, edgy sound and challenges the limits of
new jazz and contemporary music.
The album is released on ILK Records, the Copenhagen based indie record collective founded
in 2001 by a group of young, innovative performers on the city’s vibrant scene, and
Conic Folded is a primary example of the label’s groundbreaking aspirations.
It is the ILK debut for Snekkestad, whose Norwegian roots and Copenhagen base
form the starting point for his continuous, startling efforts to expand musical territory."
"Patient jazz can be both restrained and determined. But, maybe the best word to describe the jazz of saxophonist/clarinetist Torben Snekkestad is persistent.
The thirty-something Norwegian reeds man is both a classical and jazz composer playing in the Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet, London Improvisers Orchestra, Trygve Seim Ensemble, and Among Machines with Thomas Stronen. Conic Folded is his debut featuring the saxophonist in a solo, duo, and trio setting with pianist Jon Balke (who has played with Arild Anderson and Magnetic North Orchestra) and bassist Jonas Westergaard (featured with Michael Blake's Blake Tartar).
The obvious connection here is to both Jimmy Giuffre and Evan Parker, for both sound and dedicated improvising. Snekkestad is a calm performer taking much off this music from an abstract and often decaffeinated perspective. His playing partners, also sympathetic, rarely push the pace, coloring with often shy textures and tones.
Swing is not the point here, the extraordinary technique is. Seemingly, any other approach would overshadow the remarkable improvisations. The title track opens with Snekkestad weaving an Evan Parker tapestry of free association that comes off as unconstrained yet logical. When Blake enters, he does so with simpatico, dancing similar notes off the soprano saxophonist. Inspired by the great Evan Parker, this composition and the circular breathing on "E.P. Flowers" delves deeper in to the Parker bag.
The trio has sights set beyond a mere tribute record. They deliver a chamber-like dirge on "September" that crawls achingly into your ears. The prepared piano on "Undercurrents" forces the sound into waves of reverberation and indistinct noise, creating yet another emotional sequence. The trio does refer to the blues on "Zobob," with an almost swinging jauntiness that jolts one back into the jazz realm.
Conic Folded is a fully formed collection of saxophone and improvisational mastery."