Monday, 10 March 2014

Magnus Öström Band Searching For Jupiter Concert on January 18th 2014in İstanbul (Abstract)

The sounds came before the musicians. It was like the first day of creation of earth: sounds of movements of big land parts and eruption of hot dense water from the ground... Then on coming to the stage the band made an introduction part sounding like -in my opinion- what we hear in the first piece of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Pharaoh's Dance. The album started after this introduction and the first four pieces are played in the same order with the album started from The Moon (And The Air It Moves). The impressive first piece was very promising for the later parts of the concert with many aspects. 

Dancing At The Dutchtreat is like a sophisticated glitch between two heavy performances like it is in the album. Bassist Thobias Gabrielsson and Andreas Hourdakis were successfully in harmony when the tension of the music tended to increase in this performance. I should again mention the clock-like accuracy and clearness of Magnus Öström's drumming. 

Daniel Karlsson tried a very different partition on piano for Mary Jane Doesn't Live Here Anymore compared to what we hear in the album for this piece. I generally -kind of- remembered Esbjörn Svensson's tone from Daniel Karlsson especially in the pieces which are composed by Magnus Öström as a kind of ballad for Esbjörn. Mary Jane Doesn't Live Here Anymore is such a piece.

With its mystic name, the title track Searching For Jupiter was among the pieces in the album that let the band do many extra things within the composed bars. The introduction part given by Daniel Karlsson's piano, the lightning fast crashes of Magnus Öström at the end of first part which is linked to Andreas Hourdakis' hopeful guitar tone and the last energetic part producing a heavy metal band's sound were all performed very well.

An authentic arrangement for the concert was linking the depressive Weight of Death from previous album Thread of Life to the hopeful Through The Sun from Searching for Jupiter. Let me make a flashback here to E.S.T. going back to before 2000's. Many careful listeners can easily recognize that EST's early records do not contain pieces which are explicitly named with dead-related titles. Until the Viaticum in 2005, we see two implicitly named pieces: "Pavane, Thoughts of a Septuagenarian" in Good Morning Susie Soho reminding us the melancholy in getting old and "Car Crash" in Strange Place for Snow which is dedicated to Swedish jazz musician Jan Johansson, who died in 1968 by a car accident. Viaticum can be described as the last food/bread a human being eats before dying and the album as a whole is related to death even just with this title. Letter from The Leviathan (a sea monster) is another link to the death when we think about Esbjörn Svensson's scuba diving accident after three years. Although Tuesday Wonderland was a little bit more hopeful record, the last album Leucocyte showed us that the main theme of the band became the meaning of this world and our life as time passed: What is earth? What is jazz? What is birth? What is life? What is death? What is eternity? When we come back to Magnus Öström's own albums Weight of Death from Thread of Life was like a part of this continuum. In my opinion, the title track and At The End of Eternity are the followers of this melancholy in Searching for Jupiter.

We learned from Magnus Öström before the performance Happy And The Fall that this composition was for his three year old son and the symbolization is that people should learn to stand up when fallen down - just like a happy child falling down and learning to stand up himself/herself.

At The End Of Eternity already includes a long drum solo in the album. We had a very different and long one from our magician Magnus Öström in the concert whose beginning is dominated by toms without any crashes or hi-hats. The rests between some passages and the tensional final part of this solo were amazing. 


Piano Break Song was played in the encore. The ending part of this piece turned out to be a very different melody and rhythm in time and I felt like I am listening to a piece from Weather Report. Thus, we may say that the concert started with Miles Davis and ended with Wayne ShorterIn between we had contemporary jazz, rock and fusion.
İKSV Salon is one of my favourite performance halls all around the country with its great acoustic conditions and qualified equipment. Adding Magnus Öström and his friend's good soundcheck to this, the resultant sound design was just perfect. Especially the sound from drum kit is just flawless. The drum solos from Magnus Öström produced a real clean and an organic output. The electronic ingredients coming especially from Thobias Gabrielsson and keys from Daniels Karlsson were as clean as their acoustic counterparts.

Note: The photos used in the review were taken by official photographer of İKSV Salon, Ali Güler.


  1. blogunuzu düzenli olarak takip etmemin sebeplerinden biri de türkçe yazılan bir güzel blog olması lütfen bu güzel özelliğinizi kaptırmayın :). bir ara da norveç cazını ve norveç sahnesindeki önemli müzisyenleri tanıtan yazı dizisine başlarsanız sevinirim

    1. Takibiniz ve güzel mesajınız için teşekkürler. Türkiye'den okuyucumun çok olmadığını düşünerek aralarda Türkçe yazmayı ihmal ediyorum. Ama görünen o ki böyle bir talep var. Norveç cazı ile ilgili aslında kayda değer sayıda yazı var: Tord Gustavsen Röportajım, Solveig Slettahjell Yazısı gibi.. Kaldı ki pek ülkeye göre yazmıyorum. İsveçliler biraz yoğun görünmüş olabilir; ancak en eski yazılarımdan itibaren bakarsanız Amerika'dan da, Finlandiya'dan da, Norveç'ten de, İsviçre'den de, Fransa'dan da, hatta Türkiye'den de yazılar görebilirsiniz. Zaten planımda olan Helge Lien Trio Norveçli (blog sayfasının sol üstünde sırada yazmayı planladıklarım var).


    2. emeğiniz için asıl size teşekkürler. umarım takipçi sayınız gittikçe artar. aslında kulaklıklar, müzik sistemleri vs. üzerine bir yazı yazmanız da çok hoş olabilirdi bilhassa düşük-orta bütçeli insanlar müteşekkir olurdu, kendi adıma istiyorsam namerdim :)

    3. Aslında bir de ihmal ettiğim hi-fi blogum var. Bir ara bir kaç yazı daha eklemeyi düşünüyorum.