Jackman

Jackman

 Stavanger, Rogaland, NOR
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"This is Gypsy-punk, jiddisch rock'n'roll and a veritable Christmas night for all those who love rhythmic barbarity verging on anarchy"..wrote Norwegian daily VG's reviewer Stein Østbø. Multiartist Pål Jackman is also reviewed as one of Norway´s best kickass liveact

Biography

After working several years with his critically acclaimed, innovative and genre breaking band Wunderkammer, Pål Jackman decided to break down his musical vision to a solo project. The solo project soon developed into a trio with Pål on guitar & vocals, his brother Morten Jackman on percussion and John Lilja on stand up bass & backing vocals (or yelling to be more precise).

Pål is one of the most intense solo live artists around today. His live set consists of songs from the Wunderkammer back catalogue, mixed with his new songs and an eclectic mix of hand picked cover songs filtered through Pål´s musical vision.

Jackman released an EP “Jackman EP” in the summer of 2005. His first full-length album with the new trio is being released in Norway in April 2006.

Much thought went into the recording process of the album. Jackman wanted to get as close as possible to the sound, atmosphere and intensity of his live shows, and spending a month in a recording studio was definitely not what he wanted. The solution was to record most of the tracks live, some in an regular live settings (live recording at gigs), some tracks was recorded live at their rehearsing space, and a couple of tracks was done in a regular studio setting. The live tracks was recorded and produced by Norwegian jazz artist Frode Gjerstad, using all kinds of old-fashioned equipment that he likes to collect. Later the tracks received some overdubs and careful tweaking in the studio.

For the Norwegian edition of the album Jackman picked only new songs plus a couple of cover tunes. For the international version he has also re-recorded a few of his favorite tunes from his Wunderkammer days. The international version is being mastered in march 2006, and will be presented to interested parties this spring.

Jackman has taken his show on the road, visiting The Roskilde and Spot festivals in Denmark, the Mozaique and Eurosonic Festivals in Netherlands as well as playing support for Kaizers Orchestra in Europe

Short background info:
Pål Jackman founded Wunderkammer in the mid-nineties after spending a summer in a small room with a guitar and a toy-piano making songs for a band not yet started. He then asked gipsy-violinist Gjertrud Økland to join, jazz double-bass player Per Zanussi, rock drummer Børge Fjordheim and contemparary-accordionist Johan Egdetveit to join. Four days later they joined on stage and had their first concert in Haugesund. The audience suprisingly loved it and the members of this brand new group was astonished as well. The music, a mixture of Anglo-American pop/rock, European gipsy/klezmer/Oom-pah/circus, and a dash of punk attitude, was the vision of Pål Jackman´s Wunderkammer. A rarity chamber where «all is allowed» as long as it means a clash between various genres. This is still the recepy of Pål´s stunts under the new artistname JACKMAN.

Check out the discography section for more information about the releases.

Discography

Wunderkammer - Tres Cojones / Black Strap - 1995
(Kippers Records) 7"
Wunderkammer - Eldorado / A Hue - 1998 (Cementen Records) 7"
Wunderkammer - Wunderkammer - 1999 (Skarv) CD
Wunderkammer - Today I Cannot Hear The Music - 2002 (Honeymilk Records)
Wunderkammer - B Sides - 2003 (Honeymilk Records) CDEP
Jackman - EP 2005 (CCAP)
Jackman - Jackman CD 2006 (CCAP)

Pål Jackman`s Wunderkammer released a 7`single with «Tres Cojones» and «Black Strap» on local Stavanger label "Kippers" in mid-late 90´s. ("Black Strap" was the result of Pål Jackman and his brother Morten´s first band the Kippers` heavy whiskey drinking session in a recording studio trying to make pop music. This song initiated in many ways Wunderkammer, -a quest for mixing and experimenting freely with genres.)

Wunderkammer released a second 7`, Poe´s «Eldorado» and «A Hue» and thus started working with cover artist Vegard Hoel. The single was released by the local pub and hang-out, Cementen in Stavanger.

Then contemparary/avant garde cellist Tanja Orning from Oslo joined the group and free-jazz double bass player Øyvind Storesund stepped in when Zanussi moved on to playing the saw.

Wunderkammer released their first album «Wunderkammer» in the late nineties on yet another local label, "Skarv". The album got splendid critics all over the country, and was a one of the big surprise hit albums of the year. From this album Goethe´s «Erlkönig» has become an audience favourite both in Norway and abroad (German audiences especially has taken Pål´s version of a well known literary work to their hearts) and likewise "Taxi in Istanbul".

The next album was released on the Oslo label "Honeymilk" in the fall of 2002 . Officially the album title was «Today I cannot hear music», but the cover artwork (by local artist/acto/multitalent Vegar Hoel) has a specail design which enables the listener to chose title and front-cover. This album also received brilliant reviews.

Many of the tracks of this album features jazz-drummer Paal Nilssen-Love playing together with main drummer Børge Fjordheim. Also Trumpeteer Arve Henriksen plays on a few tracks.
Dylan Thomas` «Do not go gentle into that good night», Poe´s «A Dream Within A Dream» and Egon Bondy´s «The Sun was setting behind New Jersey» are some of the poems made into songs on this album.

This album also saw the band take a direction towards more experimentation. Many tracks have much improvisation and several tracks where even made while recording them.

In 2003 Wunderkammer recorded two arab-inspired songs and released them on an EP called "B-sides" (Honeymilk Records). The EP also includes unreleased songs and b-sides.

Set List

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