Randi Pontoppidan / Sissel Vera Pettersen – Inner Lift
Release date: May 26 2021
Conceived by master vocal improvisers Sissel Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan, Inner Lift draws on various traditions and genres to create a sound world entirely unto itself. Curious, searching, meditative, melodic, rhythmic, ambient and powerfully evocative, the album was constructed using only the human voice, live processing and the minimal instrumentation of a zither and Tibetan singing bowls. But the whole is truly far more than the sum of its parts, encompassing the melding of minds, voices and spirits into a stunningly beautiful collection of new music. Sissel Vera Pettersen is artistic director of Trondheim Voices and has collaborated with Chick Corea, Marilyn Mazur, Jon Balke, Lionel Loueke, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Marc Ducret, Terje Isungset and others. Randi Pontoppidan has toured worldwide with Theatre of Voices and has collaborated with artists including Greg Cohen, Joélle Léandre, Thomas Buckner, Simon Toldam, Jamaladeen Tacuma, and IKI.
- Inner Lift
- Still Safe
All tracks improvised live, no overdubs.
Sissel Vera Pettersen: voice, live electronic processing, singing bowls
Randi Pontoppidan: voice, live electronic processing, prepared zither
Recorded by Thomas Vang in The Village Studio
Mixed by August Wanngren in Virkeligheden Studio
Mastered by Morten Bue
Produced by Sissel Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan
Photos: Hanne Hvattum
Cover design/concept: Ernesta Vala
Supported by Koda Culture Funds & Norwegian Arts council