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Hand of Benediction II

by Henrik Olsson

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Visionary guitarist and composer Henrik Olsson presents Hand of Benediction II, a follow-up album to the critically acclaimed 2019 release “Hand of Benediction”.

With a method that is both personal and exploratory, Olsson allows stylistic references and sound worlds to alternate fluidly in his compositions. His sprawling musical narrative is coming into existence through the performers' strong instrumental voices, creativity and personality, as well as in the post-production process.
Formerly a trio, the line-up on Hand of Benediction II has now expanded to become a quartet, with the addition of Egil Kalman on modular synth. As Olsson says, “It adds a new sonic dimension to the guitar-bass-drums format, and offers challenging alternatives to the well trodden paths usually taken within the guitar based free jazz/rock idiom”.

Henrik Olsson is a Swedish guitarist and composer based in Copenhagen. He is existing on a continuum between free improvisation, noise and experimental music and is curiously exploring and embracing the multifaceted nature of the electric guitar, with meticulous attention to the instruments timbral and textural subtleties. His visions as a composer is manifested through his own projects, as his latest project Hand of Benediction, which received an Honorable Mention in New York City Jazz Record 2019 and was by Vital Weekly called “a lovely madness and a very remarkable statement”, as well as his debut album Penumbra Ensemble, which was referred to as "a fascinating debut and an invigorating style denial " by German magazine Jazz Podium.

Egil Kalman is a musician/composer primarily playing modular synthesizer and double bass. His music draws parallels between folk- and contemporary electroacoustic music via minimalist compositional techniques and free improvisation. He is currently Norway based, and is playing in bands like Marthe Lea Band, and Miman.

Jeppe Skovbakke is a bass player that has toured and recorded with several generations of danish jazz musicians and a number of international soloists ranging from John Tchicai to Rhys Chatham.

Rune Lohse is a powerful drumvoice on the Scandinavian scene and has played all over the continent with bands like Horse Orchestra, Tuhaf, Michael Rexen, and Klimaforandringer.


releases March 17, 2023

Henrik Olsson: electric guitar/s, additional synth overdubs & compositions
Egil Kalman: modular synthesizer
Jeppe Skovbakke: electric bass
Rune Lohse: drums

Recorded and Mixed by Peter Barnow
Master by Emil Thomsen
Artwork by Henrik Olsson
Layout by Ola Rubin


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Barefoot Records is a musician-run collective and record label, consisting of artists from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Ireland and Poland. Originality and artistic integrity are keywords in the catalogue of 60 critically acclaimed releases of the label that, instead of sticking to any specific genre, takes musical gut feeling as its guiding force. ... more

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