In 2013, for the 50th time a picture by photographer Thomas Wunsch was chosen for an ECM album cover.
By the end of 2018, 58 of his photographs have appeared on ECM covers.
All photography © Thomas Wunsch
Interview filmed in Wiesbaden in November 2018
Music: "Third Try", "Bunadsbangla", "Exp" from the album "Outstairs" (ECM 2289) by Christian Wallumrød Ensemble
Composed by Christian Wallumrød
Christian Wallumrød - Piano, Harmonium, Toy Piano
Eivind Lønning - Trumpet
Gjermund Larsen - Violin, Hardanger Fiddle, Viola
Espen Reinertsen - Tenor Saxophone
Tove Törngren - Cello
Per Oddvar Johansen - Drums, Vibraphone
Recorded May 2012 Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano
Tonmeister: Markus Heiland
Produced by Manfred Eicher
© 2013 ECM Records GmbH
The ensemble of Christian Wallumrød continues to evolve in its own idiosyncratic way on “Outstairs”. By now, Wallumrød’s compositional signature is instantly recognizable. Nobody else writes pieces like this – multi-dimensional chamber music inspired by the sonorities of Norwegian folk and church music, influenced by early music and the post-Cage avant-garde, and liberated by jazz’s freedom of thought. This time around, the ensemble members share the arranging credits between them, making the music still more organic and flexible as new sound combinations emerge.