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Mark Solborg: TUNGEMÅL I+II

Mark Solborg: TUNGEMÅL I+II

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148 minutes of original music + two beautiful hardback books holding corresponding reflexions, graphic illustrations, scores and footage

TUNGEMÅL is concerned with the electrified 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.

How do you talk - alone and with others - when you are the only one that is being translated through a loudspeaker ? it possible to play both acoustically and electrified - simultaneously ? ..and can you get closer to the intimate speaking voice of the creating musician.

Guitarist , composer and bandleader Mark Solborg has in the course of the last three years concurrently with his work for groups and concerts investigated and developed his instrument and a musical idiom. During the course of three volumes Solborg illustrates and documents his research, discoveries, attacks on the tongue of the guitar - and musical conversation in acoustic spaces. With this body of work he is setting ambitious new standards for his realm of music. His TUNGEMÅL.

Presented here Vol I, focusing on solo works and Vol II that contains works for duo and trio- both recorded in the studio and site-specific. The debut, on record, of Solborgs work with pianist par excellence Simon Toldam, mr. integrity, reedman Lars Greve and a new duo-side of the ongoing collaboration with melodian Bigoni. Vol III is to be released in spring 2021 and holds recordings with Susana Santos Silva, Lars Greve and Paul Lovens - live in concert.

The two corresponding books contain a multitude of related process-material. From written reflections and notes to scores, footage, spatial digrams and graphic illustrations. All created and compiled by Solborg himself with the ambition of mapping the topography and formulating the poetics of the work that along with the music contributes to the full understanding of TUNGEMÅL Solborg views the entire release as a collection or dictionary that seeks to be experienced by specialist, student and layman alike

Catalogue #: ILK308+309
Release date: November 20th, 2020

Mark Solborg - Guitar
Lars Greve - Clarinets, bass clarinet, soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones
Simon Toldam - Piano
Francesco Bigoni - Tenor saxophone & clarinet


"Unique would be an understatement. .. It is intense, challenging, off the scale (quite literally sometimes), acoustically provocative and thought provoking. At times the music is delicately gentle, ephemeral and harmonious; and at other times it is fractured, tormented and troubled.

The project is beautifully crafted with passion, love and creativity and the listener is constantly rewarded by surprise and the unexpected juxtaposition of sounds, instruments and space.  It is a work of art and would easily justify space in any contemporary art gallery as a “sound and visual” installation."

"Der udforskes og afprøves nye steder i musikken - det bliver ikke kedeligt eller forudsigeligt. Han sætter ord på musik, der ikke findes ord for. Mark Solborg er på mission for musikken og for lytteren. Der er liv og intensitet hele vejen. Jeg kan forestille mig, at Solborg har tømt sig selv med udgivelsen af dette vigtige værk. For os som lytter og læser, er der materiale til mange tanker og timer fremover.” - Niels Overgaard,

"[Solborgs] nuancerede stoflighed og skønhed i tonen er unik. Simon Toldam er en alsidig troldmand, Lars Greve rå lyd på basklarinetten, rørblæst pludreluft, flossede klik-lyde og off-pitch, Bigoni og Solborg er nærmest telepatiske musik-tvillinger. ..en gigantisk og ambitiøs forskning i musikkens indre, mystiske og emotionelle ytringer. Men også vi lægmænd kan se os belønnede og samtidig anerkende Mark Solborgs pionerarbejde. Mark Solborg leve længe; det kommer der godt ud af både for det lyttende menneske og den lyttende musikforsker."
- Bjarne Søltoft, Jazzspecial (DK)

It's refreshing when an artist dares to think so deeply about music and documents the process so others can be inspired ... a sprawling multimedia work of art that opens new vistas for the guitar and Solborg's own music.

Extensive and profound artistic study […] rich and organic […] fascinating sonic koans

... we hear that whoever is playing together in the studio is realizing exceptional synergy - for their own enjoyment and our enjoyment.

This is persuasive! Consistent! And quite obviously ambitious and serious! For this reason alone - but also because we are talking professional gravity and attention to detail - this conceptual initiative is remarkable and admirable. *****

Welcome to the wonderful world of a versatile creative for whom an end result is the step to the next challenge.

 a highlight in Solborg’s career
Tor Hammerø, Nettavisen

..en gur ganerenser. Guitarpoetikken bliver poesi: frenetisk støjende, eksotisk free, og den stikker helt af på »Tokyo«.
- Seismograf, Andreo Michaelo Mielczarek

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