The Nordic Brass Ensemble was founded in 1993 by a group of brass musicians who shared a strong desire to make chamber music together. From the start, the ensemble has focused on developing its own musical ideas and concepts of sound. By exploiting the different instruments’ special qualities and combining them in new and unusual ways, and by extensively using mutes, percussion and, indeed, unfamiliar instruments to create new colours and effects, the ensemble is continuously shaping its distinct sound. The Nordic Brass Ensemble has a vast repertoire, spanning from Renaissance music to music of our own time. Early music has been an important part of its repertoire since the start, and this is reflected on this album, which consists mainly of Renaissance music. However, it also features some pieces that point towards the baroque era – the focus of the ensemble’s next recording. All the music on this release has been arranged exclusively for the NBE by Hans Petter Stangnes and Stian Aareskjold. The musicians live in different parts of Scandinavia, and meet for projects about twice a year. The ensemble performs regularly in the Nordic countries, and has in recent years also visited Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain and Bolivia.