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Rydal Mount
Rituals B
Rituals A


Duration: 31:13

Side A:
Undercurrent (Ullén) - 10:36
Rydal Mount (Davies) - 5:42

Side B:
Rituals B (Arrias) - 3:28Rituals A (Arrias) - 3:32
Etude (Arrias-Davies-Ullén) - 5:26
Coda (Arrias-Davies-Ullén) - 2:26


Johan Arrias - clarinet, alto saxophone and preparations
Angharad Davies - violin and preparations
Lisa Ullén - piano and preparations

The trio met for the first time in February 2014. Stockholm-based Lisa Ullén and Johan Arrias had already explored their interaction as a duo for some time and, as part of an artistic development project, they decided to invite Angharad Davies to an international cultural exchange. The project took place in London, where Davies lives and works, with a concert at the legendary Cafe Oto as the end point. The trio thrived together and came together again in February 2017 for a residency and concert at The Gerlesborg School of Fine Art on the Swedish west coast. This time, the trio worked with a greater focus on their mixed musical backgrounds - from free jazz and contemporary to improvisational music in long lines. They tried to retain their respective identities and explore what might arise in the clash between these backgrounds and styles, finding the breakpoints and provoking new music based on it. In light of this exciting and well-documented work, they decided to make a record together. All three have dual roles as both musician and composer, and to the work with Crystalline all three of them contributed with one composition each. The album consists of these three compositions as well as a couple of improvisations that together create a sense of context and group sound, as well as a stylistic breadth and uniqueness in the individual compositions. Arrias’s Rituals is based on the physicality of his instrument, while Davies’s Rydal Mount offers an open atmosphere of soundscapes and Ullén's Undercurrent gives way to the long lines and the aesthetics of a restrained material.


releases March 6, 2020

Recorded by Micke Herrström at Atlantis, Stockholm, September 07, 2018. Mix by Anders Dahl.

Produced by Johan Arrias with support from the Swedish Arts Council.

All compositions by Arrias-Davies-Ullén (STIM/PRS)

All rights reserved. BIEM/NCB

Ausculto Fonogram, 2020


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ausculto fonogram Stockholm, Sweden

Started by Johan Arrias, 2016

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