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SONICA SEQUENCE - VOLUME

  • Album VOLUME / Music Lisa Nordström & guests / Label ajabu! / Year 2017

The project Sonica Sequence came to life in Cuba in 2012. In an abandoned lot turned makeshift soccer pitch in old Havanna Lisa Nordström met up with the percussionist Hanser Santos Gómez. Two musicians who had never played together before, never rehearsed together and not even talked about what they were going to play. With the city’s soundscape as a backdrop they explored each other’s musical expression and the end product turned into the first step on a four year long journey for Lisa Nordström. Sonica Sequence has taken her from Cuba to Japan, Cyprus and Indonesia in search of musical meetings in everyday environments. In a karaoke bar, a busy subway car, a back alley or in the middle of a rice field – all perfect settings for improvised musical gatherings with humans from different cultures communicating only in the universal language of musical expression.
The project became a critically acclaimed documentary film that is now being reborn as the album Volume – eight carefully chosen tracks from Soncia Sequence, made available in full length for the first time. Volume is an exciting fusion of electronica, acoustic music and organic experimentation. The album collects musical meetings form different corners of the world into a naked and curious whole.
The musicians appearing on Volume come from a broad variety of different genres and Lisa’s own sound blends with everything from chamber music to noise, choral, gamelan, electronica and traditional Japanese music on the eclectic album. Featured on Volume are among others the percussionist Mika Takehara, one of the world’s leading koto players Miki Maruta, Woro – a pioneer within the exploding Indonesian Noise scene, the traditional Balinese orchestra Gamelan Salukat and also The Amalgamation Choir, an all female choir with members from both sides of the divided city of Nicosia.

Volume was produced by Lisa Nordström and mixed together with Åke Linton at Svenska Grammofonstudion
Music recorded on site by Manne Kjellander
Mastered by Hans Olsson Brookes at Svenska Grammofonstudion Mastering
Cover art by OiD

"The documentary's music is like a movie in itself... As when searching the eagerness and life of the night; when the city lives independently of its inhabitants. And when everything comes together and explodes in the almost manic, urban sacred, Kafenio, it's not only an end point but also a beginning to something new. Great." Magnus Sjöberg, 5/6 GAFFA