About the album
“Phonetix” is Lars Lien’s first solo release on the LAWO Classics label. The driving force behind the project is Lien’s interest in exploring the saxophone’s vocal capacity, with music and texts touching on universal and existential questions. Fifteen years ago saxophonist Lars Lien and soprano Siri Torjesen began their collaboration with a performance of the work “Sister Song.” The music was composed by Hakon Berge and the text written by Paal-Helge Haugen. This first performance of the work took place in a forest setting in Olavsdalen outside of Kristiansand. In Lien’s words: “Already at that time I understood the many similarities between the saxophone and the human voice. Timbre, vibrato, dynamic tension and flexibility are all qualities shared by a singer and a saxophonist.” Soprano Berit Norbakken Solset and Lien are both enthusiastic about the music of Swedish composer Karin Rehnqvist. The unpolished, almost naked quality of her musical expressi
Lars Lien erkundet auf dieser Einspielung die sangliche Qualität des Saxophons und die Möglichkeiten der Gestaltung von Klangbildern.
LARS LIEN - SAXOPHONE
Lars Lien pursued his musical education at the Norwegian Academy of Music from 1986 to 1992. Ever since his student years he has devoted special attention to the creative processes generated by the symbiosis between composer and performer. Through this work he has sculpted an entirely new
Norwegian performance tradition for the saxophone that has influenced and inspired new performers right up to this day. The quartet Saxofon Concentus has played an especially important role in promoting these new ideas. Lien has performed as chamber musician and soloist in Norway, Europe and the USA, and he has contributed to a number of recordings in diverse genres and musical constellations. Besides Saxofon Concentus, he has distinguished himself in ensembles such as NoXaS, Affinis Ensemble, and Oslo Sinfonietta.
Lars Lien is Associate Professor at the Music Conservatory in Tromsø.