New digital release on Bandcamp. With this release Arve Music wants to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of the painter Rolv Muri´s birth the 22nd of December 1921. MURIMORPHOSIS is a tribute to his legacy.
“Hieroglyphs in nature”
In the early 1980s I was a pupil at Stryn junior high school. There I encountered Muri’s art for the first time, in the form of his painting “Nattlig dialog” (‘Nocturnal Dialogue’) (1977). It is also where I had my first encounter with the poet Elling Vanberg. He visited one of our Norwegian classes at the invitation of our teacher Magne Drageset. The poetry we heard that day imprinted itself on my brain as something very special. And it has had artistic consequences for me in my creative career: Ellivan’s poetry was part of “Farande Bilete” (‘Travelling Picture’), a work commissioned for the Bale Jazz festival in Balestrand in 1997, and in 2008 when I released the poetry phonogram “Ellivan” (NorCD). And now, nearly 40 years later, the way that first encounter imprinted itself on me has encouraged me to initiate an art book about Muri, and to make this recording. “Murimorphosis” is to be taken as a free and independent journey through a variety of moods, while at the same time in its own way inspired by that unique artist from Olden.
Arve Henriksen (Translated by Andrew Smith)