A powerful sequel from Bekken & Gjems!
«Slaveriet» is recorded at Kongsvinger Fortress. The recording premises are actually named slaveriet, meaning «the slavery» in norwegian, and they were historically used as both a place to keep prisoners and as a military mess. A classic Steinway grand piano was used in this recording that is at the Fortresses´disposal – the same one used in Dr. Bekkens last solo project «Grand Piano».
Universal music with local roots
The material for this production is rooted in the boarder area between Norway and Sweden, and is also metaphorically rooted deeply within the musical soul that persists in that location. Here you can find unique versions of accordion music, broadside ballads, dance band- and work songs. There is a blue thread that ties the whole album together through the artists´ background in blues and jazz. It´s universal music with local roots.
A contribution on two of the tracks is the areas´syphathetic and highly skilled guitarist Amund Maarud.