Linus + Økland/Van Heertum


For their third album the duo Linus, formed by guitar player Ruben Machtelinckx and reed player Thomas Jillings, not only engaged old acquaintance Niels Van Heertum, but also violinist Nils Økland, who is a representative of the flourishing Norwegian scene, and who operates in between contemporary music, improvisation and minimalism. Økland is a specialist of the Hardanger fiddle and an associate of Skarbø's in the trio 1982 He made an impression with his solo work and at the side of Christian Wallumrød and Arve Henriksen, among others. After coming to Belgium with a baroque orchestra, he stayed on for another day to go into the studio with the three Belgians. His arrival propels Linus further towards the Far North, with its magnificent views and open landscapes.

Improvisation is no longer an element. Instead it has become the main ingredient, the real heart of the music. Even more than in the past, the result feels like the musicians only really met when they took out their instruments. They play by feeling, without preparation or strategy, but also without haste or inhibition. The sounds resonate endlessly, fluctuate and resolve when new ideas arise. If it sounds chilly, solitary and contrary at times, there is also a great calm that flows from the minimalistic interplay. There is definitely a collective vision in which every component has a crucial role to fulfill.

Ruben Machtelinckx: guitar, acoustic baritone guitar & banjo
Thomas Jillings: tenor & c-melody saxophone, alto clarinet & synth
Nils Økland: Hardanger fiddle
Niels Van Heertum: euphonium & trumpet