Founded in Munich by producer Manfred Eicher in 1969, ECM has recorded more than 1000 albums spanning many idioms. Establishing an early reputation with standard-setting jazz and improvised music albums – by Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others – ECM began to include contemporary composition in its programme in the late 1970s. In 1984 a sister label, ECM New Series, was launched to introduce the music of Arvo Pärt with the aptly-titled “Tabula rasa”. Other featured composers include György Kurtág, Valentin Silvestrov, Tigran Mansurian, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Heinz Holliger, Giya Kancheli, Meredith Monk, and Heiner Goebbels.
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We caught up with Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen while touring his new album Opening on ECM Records, to discuss his love of piano trio chemistry, Scandinavian folk tunes, and the psychology of improvisation.
The Norwegian pianist's latest ECM recording proves to be an essential listen for any piano trio enthusiast, showcasing carefully constructed melodies, texture and atmosphere.