New album ‘Rumi Songs’ commissioned by Tora Augestad
On 26 August ECM Records will release Rumi Songs, the new album by Norwegian saxophonist and composer Trygve Seim featuring mezzo-soprano Tora Augestad.
In Rumi Songs, Seim sets twelve poems by the 13th century Persian poet Jalaluddin Rumi, using contemporary English versions by the American poet Coleman Barks. He studied Rumi’s work intensively for many years when Tora Augestad commissioned a complete song cycle. She performs the Rumi Songs on the album alongside Seim (tenor and soprano saxophone), joined by two of Seim’s regular collaborators – accordionist Frode Haltli and cellist Svante Henryson.
The ensemble performed the programme over the summer at the Peperoncino Jazz Festival in Italy and in Trondheim, and can be heard on 20 August at the Oslo Jazz Festival.
Trygve Seim – Rumi Songs