Crazy Moon

West Side Story AlbumPurchased

Guro Gravem Johansen, vocals Torgrim Sollid, trumpet Håkon Storm-Mathisen, guitar Sebastian Haugen, double bass On Tuesday 9th of May, Crazy Moon releases the album Crazy Moon´s West Side Story (Curling Legs), with a concert at Caféteateret, Grønland, H 19:30. Ticket sale on the venue, 200,-/150,-.NOK. The release is supported by The Norwegian Arts Council. The album is recorded and mixed at Thor Neby Studio. Producer: Torgrim Sollid. Technician and co-producer: Thor Bjørn Neby. Crazy Moon has existed since 1998, with mainstream jazz repertoire as its domain. We don´t attempt stylistic copying, nor do we impose forced experimentation on the material. Instead, we let the musical meeting between the musicians form the bands´ own sound. The instrumentation provides dynamic space for improvised interaction and quiet intimacy. In this project, we have indulged in the songs from the musical West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein and libretto by Stephen Sondheim. The musical, from 1957, addresses themes like migration, ethnic tensions, poverty, identity, honor, dignity and love without judgment, themes that are at stake even today. We have played with the songs and put our own marks on them, inspired by the clear rhythmic orientation in the originals. The underlying drama in the story is kept at a cool distance. In our retelling of West Side Story, we have avoided caricatures and dramatic devices, and instead embraced the musical material with our intimate and improvised jazz expression. Along with the hope that there, “somewhere and somehow”, will be a safe place for every human being. Guro Gravem Johansen is Associate Professor at The Norwegian Academy of Music. She has contributed and projects like Søyr, Østerdalsmusikk anno 2015, with Elin Rosseland on the album Vokal, and she has collaborated with musicians such as Georg Riedel and Lars Klevstrand. Torgrim Sollid is Professor Emeritus at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He was the leader of the legendary recording Østerdalsmusikk in 1975, and he established and led the Søyr ensemble since 1976. In the 80ies, Sollid had a longlasting collaboration with the American saxophonist Warne Marsh, which included tours in Norway and the USA. Håkon Storm-Mathisen is Associate Professor at The Norwegian Academy of Music. He has released over 10 albums in his own name, and has toured all over the world, with amongst others the American saxophonist Jimmy Halpering, and the japanese musicians Yoshaki Miyanoue and Akane Noguchi. Sebastian Haugen has a performance degree from The Norwegian Academy of Music. He plays regularly with Magnolia Jazzband, has extended touring experience from school productions with the musicians Espen Rud and Knut Alfsen, and he recently released the album Skarvesteinen in his own name.
1. Something´s Coming 00:04:00 1.00 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
2. Maria 00:07:47 1.20 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
3. Tonight 00:07:43 1.20 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
4. Puerto Rico/America 00:09:43 1.20 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
5. One hand, one heart 00:04:57 1.00 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
6. I feel pretty 00:03:40 1.00 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
7. A boy like that 00:05:54 1.00 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
8. I have a love 00:04:45 1.00 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
9. The Rumble 00:07:30 1.20 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing
10. Somewhere 00:03:40 1.00 USD
Main artist Crazy Moon
Composer Leonard Bernstein
Author Stephen Sondheim
Publishers Universal Music Publishing