After five preceding singles, double bass player, composer and producer Lennart Ginman releases his new instrumental album “360” today, a record created alongside lap steel virtuoso Maggie Björklund and Steen Rock, who excels on drum machines, fxs and scratch.
Lennart Ginman states on the release:
“I hope you will welcome my new album.
It’s like dropping off your child on the very first day in the big school yard. To add something to this world that you yourself think is essential, valuable and ready to fly.
Now new friendships must be built, and perhaps love will emerge. Your ears are the school yard and I hope you will take the time to get to know 360 well.”
“360” is available on vinyl and digital formats, and the vinyl edition can be ordered here: https://bibbib.store/lennart-ginman-360-feat-maggie-bjoerklund-steen-rock/
The music on “360” is unmistakable Lennart Ginman with its melancholic and cinematic tone in a natural cross field of Jazz and Electronic music. Furthermore, the album unfolds a new side of Ginman’s explorative musicality in its use of FM-synthesis, a specific approach to creation of sound and not least, a cooperation with two of Denmark’s most exciting musicians. The ten tracks on “360” are created in close cooperation with Maggie Björklund (pedal steel guitar), Steen Rock (DJ/Percussion), producer Kæv Gliemann and visual artist Teddy Kristiansen – a constellation, which provides Ginman’s new compositions with a singular expression.
“360” took its beginning in difficult circumstances though. Ginman suddenly fell ill with the ear disease Meniéres, which destroyed the hearing on his left ear and inflicted permanent, heavy tinnitus, constant vertigo and hearing disorders. “Sound hurt, and my double bass sounded as though it came from a transistor radio in anti-phase. I was forced to do something new,” Ginman says. Here after, Ginman went to his vacation house, where during the next months he wrote the main part of the new album using Electronic equipment based on FM-synthesis and thus, no computer or samplings. By arranging the tracks as simply as possible and at low volume, the ears were not overly burdened, and he rediscovered a creative source, which inspired him deeply.
Ginman wanted to create an album showing his a “complete musician” without the division between his Electronic side and Jazz side – thus the title ‘360’, which aims at verbalizing the wholeness of Ginman’s musicality. The music was to build a bridge between the repetitive tightness and rigor of the machine and the total openness of form in Jazz. As always with Ginman, the Dark, melancholic tone prevails, while the compositions with their minimalist touch leave room for interpretation. Opposites meet on the album which embraces the beautiful, the disturbing and the majestic and in Ginman’s own words creates “a music for all, but not for everyone.”
Lennart Ginman / Double Bass, Elektronics, Digitone & Keyboards
Maggie Björklund / Pedal Steel Guitar
Steen Rock / Drum Machines, Fxs & Scratch