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Mark Solborg: BABEL

Mark Solborg: BABEL

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Is the myth of BABEL about God creating communicative discord to control man, or was the intent to nurture fertile diversity? A disruption of a self-perpetuating echo chamber, to stimulate a more varied and complex perspective of the world. Maybe she wanted to show us that we will find strength to solve the problems of the planet in each others differences and multiple talents, not in uniformity and polarisation?

With his multilingual Danish/Argentinian background, travels, work and studies all over the world Solborg has experienced how the words, our idioms and mother tongues are deeply connected with our view of ourselves and the way we resonate with the surrounding world. In BABEL he seeks to investigate, illustrate and raise awareness of the continuous cross-cultural inter humane debate. A conversation that becomes increasingly important if we are to solve the challenges of our society and species.

BABEL is based on Solborg’s TUNGEMÅL (meaning idiom or tongue) platform concerned with the guitar as a voice in contemporary chamber musical contexts. With this comprehensive project Solborg wishes to elaborate the intimate listening experience, and develop methods and tools for the creative work at hand. An extensive artistic study and qualifying awareness of the modern guitar in interplay with acoustic instruments, and the musical spaces they inhabit. 

Catalogue#: ILK348
Release date: 17-11-2023

All compositions and arrangements by Mark Solborg.
Recorded by Thomas Vang at The Village Recording, Copenhagen, June 2022.
Mixed by August Wanngren and Mark Solborg, Valby, december 2022 - January 2023.
Mastered by Stockholm Mastering. Thomas Eberger & Sofia von Hage, Stockholm, March 2023.
Artwork and layout: Mark Solborg
Live Photos from Trapholt Museum: David Robertson,
Vinyl cover print & production: Eks-Skolens Grafisk Design & Tryk.

"..a beautiful work that challenges simplistic, binary narratives of social media and demands more complex and thoughtful attention and sensitivity to the sonic details, languages and perspectives of these gifted musicians, as well as of the others around us. It certainly guarantees a powerful healing effect." - Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog

"❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎❤︎ - Dansk mesterguitarist husker os på at alt håb endnu ikke er tabt" og "Her er følelserne ikke bare uden på tøjet, de presses ud igennem instrumenterne og omslutter lytteren" - David A. Dyrholm, Poilitken

"★★★★★☆ “Stjernlag.. verk som har et tidløst preg ved seg og som kan snakke til stadig nye generasjoner. ..Totalt kompromissløst og originalt musikalsk verdenssyn.” - Tor Hammerø, Nettavisen


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