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KUME is the second album from the duo collaboration of bassist Anders Berg (SE) and guitarist Tellef Øgrim (NO). The nine tracks of this release are all based on improvisations on analogue or electronic (soft) instruments.

KUME was first released digitally at Subradar.no.

Link to album at Subradar: bit.ly/1e5u9JL

Anders plays acoustic and electric basses. Tellef plays fretted and unfretted (normal and baritone) guitars, the Hadron Particle Synthesizer as well as other instruments.

Their background from rock, jazz and other groove-oriented styles constitute the raw material for the two musicians adventures into the large and unpredictable field of free improvisation.

Unfretted.com writes about KUME that "I really enjoyed this album, its a great trip from start to finish. Tellef Øgrim & Anders Berg work well together providing a unique musical experience. If you are into Ambient Avant Garde with an experimental slant – this is for you!"

Bruce Lee Galanter at Downtown Music Gallery writes about KUME that "I like the way this sounds laid back, as if these two have nothing to prove other than a strong dialogue that moved back and forth effortlessly. I get the feeling that more will be revealed as I take time to listen to this again and again."

Chris Haines, reviewer at Freejazzblog, rated the duo’s first album, November, as the tenth best of 2014. He writes that "...the pair have created a fine album of improvised duo pieces, which also contains a healthy amount of electronic-based music enabling them, at times, to create a much fuller sound, and work with an extended palette of colours and rhythms”.

We prioritise feeling over hi-fi. Sometimes, as you can hear in a couple of KUME's tracks, microphone noise is used actively in the sound picture. The noise is sometimes played on as if they were instruments.
Anders Berg and Tellef Øgrim have earlier met and played in quartet constellation with Henrik Wartel and Gunnar Backman in den Haag and Gothenburg.

During the last couple of years, Anders’ bass has been heard on recordings such as Wonka Live at Eyedrum Atlanta and Glas Live at Brötz.

Among Tellef’s projects of the last ten years are Some Dodos Never Die (solo) Wagon 8 (with Jacek Kochan and Dag Eilertsen), Do I the In (with Joe Fonda, Kochan and Franz Hautzinger) and the audiovisual band Mugetuft (with Henrik Hellstenius, Jakop Janssønn and Peter Knudsen).

Cover photo by Tellef from Stortingsgata 30 in Oslo (architect Leif Torp, 1930)
Cover design by Pevanni.

KUME was mastered by Gunnar Backman (contact at brakophonic@brakophonic.com)

Contact the duo at tellefogrim@gmail.com

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released June 10, 2015

Label: Simlas 2015

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simlas Norway

Simlas produksjoner is an open minded record label based in Norway and Sweden with a leaning towards improvised music.
Besides building up our own unique catalogue of first-time releases we also re-release a selection of earlier released albums.
Simlas is maintained by Anders Berg, Funäsdalen, Sweden and Tellef Øgrim, Oslo, Norway.
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