Per Mathisen bass
Jan Gunnar Hoff piano, keyboards
Gary Novak drums

CD info

Release No: LOS 236-2
EAN: 7090025832369

Per Mathisen plays EBS amps, speakers and effect pedals, Elixir strings, Dilian Obretenov fretless and fretted electric basses, N-audio electronics, Yamaha electric upright bass on track 3, 4, 8
Jan Gunnar Hoff plays Steinway pianos, Rhodes electric piano, Minimoog Voyager, Prophet-6 and Oberheim Xpander
Gary Novak plays Gretsch drums

Recorded October 2019 and mixed June 2021 by Tony Waade & Kriss Kristensen at Lydhagen Studios, Verdal, Norway
Mastered August 5, 2021 by Morten Lund at Lund’s lyd, Oslo, Norway
Produced by Per Mathisen & Jan Gunnar Hoff
Executive producer Odd Gjelsnes
Front cover photo by Kjersti Holst
Cover design by design holtmann
Partly supported by Fond for utøvende kunstnere, FFUK

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Dear listener.

Thank you very much for picking up a copy of our, “GLADIATOR”, CD release. We hope you will enjoy the music just as much as we did making it, and you’ll use it now and then as a stress relief from all the insanity that the world, and we as human beings, are going through in these darkest hours.

In this release, Hoff and yours truly, have used the rise and fall of the Roman empire as a metaphor and link to todays events. We’re starting with the uprising of hostility and fearmongering, where freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of gatherings, even rights to decide over our own body, all taken away in a higher speed than ever in the history of our civilization.

If you follow the tracks and titles from start to end, this recording has a curve of starting with the tune, “Turn the tide”. It has an uneasy A section which gives the feeling of something worrying in the air, but when the very optimistic B part comes the fear and anxiety disappears. It tells us that everything is fine but actually is a cover-up for what’s coming. Then we are performing our way through the times of war with battles, but also having quieter moments knowing that the sun comes up every day, even in the most devastating periods. We are of course optimistic by nature so we end with peace, love and “Good News”, believing that those virtues once again will prevail, we just don’t see it in the horizon yet when these words are written, July 25th, 2021.

Yours truly, Per Mathisen July 2021