Tone Åse / Thomas Strønen – Dagsavisen

«Space Jazz»


It could have been a new galaxy, but «Voxpheria» is introduced as the soundscape that´s created when the electro-acoustic improvisers Tone Åse and Thomas Strønen meet. Åse, who once co-founded Kvitretten, who is the leader in Trondheim Voices and has her own band Bol, has been an important voice in the field of vocal improvisation, somewhat musically related to Sidsel Endresen in the way she creates her own language. Strønen´s drum repertoire has been both acoustic and electronic for a long while, especially in the duo Humcrush, and here two performers meet in a conglomerat of sonic display, some of the tracks containing daring use of the lyrics of E.E.Cummings, often used by vocalists, and Norway´s own Rolf Jacobsen, in a setting he himself didn´t live to see, but most certainly would have approved of. They venture high and wide, before the duo performs a smooth landing on «Dive for Dreams».

                                                                                                        – Roald Helgheim, Dagsavisen