aching hard, aching soft by Magnar Åm

from Works by Apollyon and Åm [selected tracks] by Geir Inge Lotsberg

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aching hard, aching soft (concerto for violin and infinitely responding space)

Yes, living can be somewhat painful.
You feel as though you have been flung into a room that is
surrounded by forgetfulness: What was it I was supposed to be doing here?
You are drawn into a vortex of thoughts, hopes, actions and
consequences that move so quickly that you can’t manage to maintain a broad perspective. Naturally the consequences are not only painful; of course life is also beautiful and tender.

But the painful feeling of being shut out lasts and lasts.

But – shut out from what?

Then do I have a memory, after all, of another, more profound reality?

A vision of a sense of unity behind it all? Because if that did not exist, we would not have the feeling that we had lost it, would we?

When contemplating questions such as these, a type of life and a type of music spring up that are characterised by the tension between two elements: at one level, the feeling of being denied access to one’s real sources and goals, and at another, the feeling of being carefully tended and included by that same source.
Loneliness wrestling with loving cohesion. But music and life naively
gamble that loneliness is a temporary thing, while the inclusive power of love has always shimmered, and always will, at the bottom of everything.
MAGNAR ÅM

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from Works by Apollyon and Åm [selected tracks], released September 1, 2005
Recorded by Audun Strype, 27 October 2004.
Neumann microphones into a Nagra 5 recorder.
From the Emanuel Vigeland Museum in Oslo.

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Geir Inge Lotsberg Oslo, Norway

Norwegian violinist Geir Inge Lotsberg was educated in Oslo studying with Leif Jørgensen. Additional studies in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh, Ana Chumacenco in Munich and Camilla Wicks in Houston.
He is a member of the Oslo String Quartet, Artistic director of the Trondheim Soloists and Professor at Barratt Due Institute in Oslo.
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