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Composer: Garbarek, Jan (b. 1947)

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Year of birth1947
NationalityNorway
Period20th century
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Meditations in sound from The Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek

The Hilliard Ensemble  ©  Friedrun Reinhold
In 1993, by some strange musical alchemy, a creative partnership was born that has gone on to bear some remarkable fruit. On Officium, stylish jazz and classical label ECM brought together The Hilliard Ensemble – a vocal quartet known for the precision with which it had tackled and animated austere soundworlds from Perotin to Pärt – and Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek.
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Officium Novum: Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek

David James, Rogers Covey-Crump, Jan Garbarek, Steven Harrold, Gordon Jones  ©  Paolo Soriani / ECM Records
It has been nearly twenty years since the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek released their first recording, Officium, in which the austere harmonies of medieval sacred music sung by the male voice quartet were augmented by Garbarek’s beautiful, freewheeling saxophone melodies.
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