Asura is Marthe Lea Band’s declaration of love for life. This is music for celebration!
Marthe Lea maneuvers through the mysteries of music in an ingenious way. She has showed this in the recent years in such different contexts as Bugge Wessltoft’s New Conception of Jazz, in a trio with Ayumi Tanaka and Thomas Strønen (recently released on ECM) and with musicians such as Axel Dörner and Alasdair Roberts. She balances her sincerely and powerful expression, which contains both folk songs and howling, in a liberating way. Symptomatic of this open approach is that she throughout “Asura” performs with a long list of instruments. Her piano, guitar and flute playing is as natural as what she plays on her main instrument, the tenor saxophone.
Marthe Lea – tenor saxophone, flute, piano, guitar, voice, udungu, percussion
Andreas Hoem Røysum – clarinet, bass clarinet, voice, percussion
Hans P. Kjorstad – violin, flute, voice, percussion
Egil Kalman – double bass, modular synthesizer, voice
Hans Hulbækmo – drums, percussion, voice
The music is composed by Marthe Lea
Read the interview with Marthe Lea for Citizen Jazz [FR/ENG]
Review of “ASURA” at Citizen Jazz by Julien Aunos [read full review here]
Marthe Lea Band at INTL Jazz Platform, Poland, 2022
Supernova Jazzblast, Aalborg, Denmark, 2022