Innovative bassist and electronic improviser Chris Mapp is to release the debut recording from his new ambient trio stillefelt, alongside appearances at the 2020 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and the launch of the Birmingham edition of the renowned Norwegian Punkt Festival.
“… there’s languid ambient experimentation from new Birmingham-based trio stillefelt – bassist/electronics Chris Mapp, trumpeter Percy Pursglove and guitarist Thomas ‘Seminar’ Ford” – Jazzwise
Following the success of Mapp’s 2017 double release on Stoney Lane Records with his band Gonimoblast, featuring Maja SK Ratkje and Arve Henriksen – garnering acclaim from The Guardian, The Wire, BBC and UK jazz press – the stillefelt debut is a dynamically quieter response to Gonimoblast, featuring Mapp on bass and electronics, trumpter Percy Pursglove and guitarist Thomas Seminar Ford
stillefelt – ‘quiet field’ in Norwegian – hints at its inspiration, with undulating electronic soundscapes blurring the lines between each instrument’s voice, but still with their acoustic qualities at its heart, uniting three of Birmingham’s most distinct instrumentalists for the first time. Recorded live in spring 2018, the album uses material composed by Chris as starting points, destinations and waymarks to create free flowing improvised narratives, with liberal guitar effects pedals and audio processing creating sound beds for soaring trumpet and guitar lines over hypnotic grooves.