No Exit - 74CD

by Maja Bugge

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markhjorthoy This release is stunning. The composition is spot on and I look forward to hearing more from Maja very soon! Favorite track: Lullaby for Standedge Tunnel.
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"Her music is very inspired and it works. It really tells you a story. Nice work". - DORF MULDER, VITAL WEEKLY

CD recorded in Britain’s longest and deepest canal tunnel.

The Norwegian cellist Maja Bugge will in October 2018 release her second solo album “No Exit” recorded inside Standedge canal tunnel by Hervé Perez. The music on this album is mainly improvised and responds to the 3 ¼ mile long tunnels unique acoustic and sounds. She is also using the history of the site as an inspiration echoing the rhythmical patterns of feet moving the boats through tunnels in the 19th century and the sound of stones being carved out of the ground 200 years ago.

This results in a haunting, meditative and expressive improvisation. It is a homage to a unique site and its sound. The “lone” cello responds to the unpredictability of the space and together they make something.

Maja Bugge is a cellist and composer living in Lancaster. Her work conveys the familiar and the unfamiliar, the epic and the everyday. She is renowned for balancing melodic and meditative improvisations with experimental material, as well as playing concerts and recording in unusual sites.

The recording was made as part of Marsden Jazz Festival 2017 and with support from the Canal and River Trust and Jazz North.

Quotes on Maja Bugge’s work:
“It was captivating to observe Bugge improvising with her surroundings.” The New York city Jazz Record 3rd July 2017

“Cellist Maja Bugge is all about location”
Nick Hasted, Jazzwise, June 2017


released October 2, 2018

Maja Bugge - cello


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