Eirik Gjerdevik

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A VIKING CROSSES HIS TRACKS “Eirik the Viking” has been the stage name of tuba player Eirik Gjerdevik since his student days in Manchester, England in the 1990s. It is also the title of his new CD, the title track of which was composed by Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen, with whom he has collaborated for many years. The composer was commissioned to write a piece both “pretty and melodic” for solo tuba and brass band. After reading up on Eirik Bloodaxe, Aagaard-Nilsen ended up composing two numbers based on the Viking king’s life and times. The commissioned piece, “Bloodaxe’ Lament”, strives to capture the aged Eirik Bloodaxe and the remorse he must have felt after a lifetime of killing and plundering. The title track, “Eirik the Viking”, a frenetic solo etude depicting the life that Eirik Bloodaxe lived, was the composer’s way of “ridding himself” of the cruel Viking. In addition to the saga of Eirik Bloodaxe, the CD offers a varied bouquet of pieces both for solo tuba and for brass band instrumentation, including “Carnival of Venice”, Frode Thingnæs’s “Concertino for Tuba”, and Erland von Koch’s “Monologue No. 9 for Tuba”. We also hear a recent commissioned work, “Tuba Libre”, composed for Gjerdevik by Lars Erik Gudim. Eirik Gjerdevik (b. 1968) is originally from Fusa, but now resides in Bergen. He studied tuba at the Bergen Conservatory of Music with Nils Eivind Nikolaisen (Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra) and later at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. Over the last ten years, Gjerdevik has continued developing as a tuba player under his mentor and friend, Robert Tucci, in Germany. As musician, soloist, and conductor, he has become a well-known figure on the Norwegian brass band scene, and since 1996 he has been a permanent member of The Norwegian Navy Band Bergen with the rank of lieutenant commander. REVIEWS «It is not uncommon for tuba recordings to include unaccompanied pieces—things that unveil, in vivid detail, the instrument’s very wide range and panoply of sound possibilities. This album by tuba player Eirik Gjerdevik, [...] includes Erland von Koch’s Monologue 9 and Torstein AagardNilsen’s fierce ’Eirik the Viking’. Also by that composer is Bloodaxe’ Lament, a 12-minute piece for tuba and brass band, where the composer imagines what 10th-Century king Eirik Bloodaxe might have been thinking before heading into battle—maybe during and after, too, since things become rather dramatic in the middle and fade away poignantly at the end. It’s a good piece, best on the album, and Gjerdevik is a good tuba player.» Kilpatrick – American Record Guide review_LWC1064_americanrecordguide.pdf
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1. Eirik the Viking 00:05:16 1.50 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen
Performers Eirik Gjerdevik
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
2. Tuba Libre 00:09:38 1.80 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Lars Erik Gudim
Performers Eirik Gjerdevik | Stavanger Brass Band
Featuring artists Stavanger Brass Band
Conductors Morten E. Hansen
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
3. Torn-Erik's Song 00:08:18 1.80 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Trad. | Nils Lindberg
Performers Eirik Gjerdevik | Stavanger Brass Band
Featuring artists Stavanger Brass Band
Arrangers Ray Farr
Conductors Morten E. Hansen
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
4. La Melancolie: I ensomme Stunde 00:02:27 1.50 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Ole Bull
Performers Eirik Gjerdevik | Stavanger Brass Band
Featuring artists Stavanger Brass Band
Arrangers Johan Halvorsen | Bent Erik B. Røed
Conductors Morten E. Hansen
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
5. An Autumn Day 00:02:17 1.50 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Herbert L. Clarke
Performers Bergen Tuba Quartet | Eirik Gjerdevik
Featuring artists Bergen Tuba Quartet
Arrangers Bent Erik B. Røed
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
6. Concertino for Tuba 00:09:41 1.80 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Frode Thingnæs
Performers Eirik Gjerdevik | Stavanger Brass Band
Featuring artists Stavanger Brass Band
Arrangers Svein Henrik Giske
Conductors Morten E. Hansen
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
7. Monologue No. 9 for Tuba: I 00:02:08 1.50 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Erland von Koch
Performers Eirik Gjerdevik
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
8. Monologue No. 9 for Tuba: II 00:02:49 1.50 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Erland von Koch
Performers Eirik Gjerdevik
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
9. Bloodaxe' Lament 00:12:00 2.00 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen
Performers Eirik Gjerdevik | Stavanger Brass Band
Featuring artists Stavanger Brass Band
Conductors Morten E. Hansen
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
10. Czardas 00:04:15 1.50 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Vittorio Monti
Performers Bergen Tuba Quartet | Eirik Gjerdevik
Featuring artists Bergen Tuba Quartet
Arrangers Bent Erik B. Røed
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen
11. Carnival of Venice 00:08:49 1.80 USD
Main artist Eirik Gjerdevik
Composer Herbert L. Clarke | Jules Levy | Herman Bellstedt | Delaware Staigers
Performers Bergen Tuba Quartet | Eirik Gjerdevik
Featuring artists Bergen Tuba Quartet
Arrangers Bent Erik B. Røed
Producers Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen | Thor-Arne Pedersen