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Tutl Records
THE record label of the Faroe Islands.

Here's what the label has to say about themselves:

Tutl grew out of the fertile jazz and folk music scene of the seventies. The first recordings were released in 1977; in 2002 Tutl celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Still true to its original structural ideology, Tutl is owned entirely by the musicians, composers, visual artists and other members committed to releasing music in the Faroe Islands. While the earlier recordings were mainly in the folk and jazz genres, Tutl has since broadened its repertoire to include classical, rock, country, ethnic and other styles of music, and now comprises over 160 releases.

I carry a large number of the folk and jazz releases by this small but important label. I can also special order any other title they have produced in a reasonably short time.

Click on the titles below to learn more about the artists, and to hear some more audio samples.

Kata : Tivils Dotur
Five Faroese singers, a capella and accompanied by a small ensemble, explore traditional songs of the Faroe Islands in new contexts.


Kristian Blak, Vera Kondrateva, Yggdrasil : Lipet Ei : Seven Brothers
Kristian Blak once again steps into difficult and strange musicical worlds on this recording with Khanty singer Kondrateva. The Khanty people live in an autonomous region in western Siberia, with a culture far removed from Russia. Incorporating these songs into any western framework woudl be challenging, but Blak and his Faroese ensemble push it to the limits of folk, rock, jazz and 'new music.' Click and listen. I can't explain it.


Kristian Blak : Fuglar, Fiskar & Folk
Faroese artist Kritian Blak has composed and performed a suite of short piano studies based on folk songs and tales of the title subjects, 'birds, fish and people.'


Nightingale String Quartet / Nofinishi Dywili : The Bow Project
In a world full of 'unique projects' this one stands out. These two CDs contain the traditional music of - and modern compositions based on - the bow playing and singing of Xhosa musician Nofinishi Dywili from South African, who accompanied herself on an instrument called the uhadi.One CD contains the Nightingale performances of these works, the other is field recordings of Nofinishi Dywili and members of her village, playing the bow and singing the songs.


Yolariis : Yolariis
YÖLARiiS is new folk music by Dan Svensson (percussion, melodeon, cittern, vocals, tenor banjo), Per Knagg (bass, vocals), Anna Elwing (vocals, fiddle, singing bowl) and Jens Ulvsand (bouzuki, vocals). Their music is defiantly modern and global, yet deeply imbued with the ancient melodies and rhythms of Sweden. highly recommended


Tellu, Kangas, Lyberth and Blak : Piniartut (The Hunters)
This powerful recording was produced by Tellu working with musicians from Finland, Greenland, Faroe Islands. Using themes of hunting and fishing as the core of the project, they move into an incredible circle of deeply ancient and wildly modern musical territories. highly recommended


Sula : Fastland
The music is from the whole north Atlantic area… reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, hopsas and powerful songs. Rod Sinclair (Scotland) sings and plays guitar and 5-string banjo. Eskil Romme (Denmark) plays accordion, saxophone and pipes. Erling Olsen (Denmark) is a fiddler in the traditional Nordic style.


Various Faroese artists : Traditional Music in the Faroe Islands 1950 - 1999
A production by French label Frémaux and Associés in collaboration with Tutl. A double CD produced by Kári Sverrisson and Kristian Blak covers the whole range of folk music in the Faroes, from informal group singing to various intstrumental traditions. Once CD covers Faroese language traditions, the second focuses on the Danish. English and French notes


Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil : Askur (2 CD)
Yggdrasil is a Nordic ensemble based in the Faroe Islands, formed in 1981 by composer and pianist Kristian Blak. The ensemble has a repertoire that encompasses a wide range of genres - from free jazz to classical - and expressions - from humor and beauty to disaster and destruction. This is a 2 CD cololection fo live concerts from 1982- 2006. Artists in these shows include Anders Hagberg - Anders Jormin - Angelika Nielsen - Annika Johannesen - Aviaja Lumholt - Brandur Jacobsen - Eivřr Pálsdóttir - Ernst Dalsgarđ - Heđin Ziska Davidsen - Herfinnur Árnafjall - John Tchicai - Kári Sverrisson - Karin Korpelainen - Kristian Blak - Lelle Kullgren - Mia Káradóttir - Mikael Blak - Morten Carlsen - Ólavur Řster - Philippe Carré - Sunleif Rasmussen - Tarira - Tore Brunborg - Villu Veski


Green Gate : Green Gate
Magnus Johannessen (p), Holger Laumann (sax, oboe), Arnold Ludvig (b), Rógvi á Rógvu (dr). \r\nIn 1992 Holger Laumann and the Faroese band Plúmm recorded the album Allar ćttir - a pretty straight forward jazz-rock fusion album. In the years after the musicians have been spread all over the world. (Arnold Ludvig, the bassplayer, is now living in Montreal). A couple of years ago, when Magnus Johannessen came to Copenhagen and started working with Holger Laumann, they started talking about a new concept: More nature, more sky and sea in the music. With Magnus Johannessen and Holger Laumann´s jazz- backgrond they coulden´t help flirting with their roots - for instance on solar eclipse Holger Laumann is playing a jazzy thing on the oboe, and in Haste makes waste he plays the blues on the oboe.


Kristian Blak : Shalder geo
Hedin Ziska Davidsen (guitar, calimba), Niels Arge Galán (mandolin, guitar), Sharon Weiss (recorder, spoons), Kári Bćk (oboe), Ólavur Olsen (trumpet), Andras Olsen (trombone), Kristian Blak (piano, perc), Mikael Blak (bass); present a suite by Kristian Blak based on traditional vocal and instrumental material from the Faroe Islands and the neighbouring Shetland Islands. "Shalder Geo is brilliant music that combines great depth with undeniable surface charm. It's inspiring how Blak's most recent music is among his richest," said David Lewis in Cadence magazine.


Kristian Blak : Ravnating (studio recording)


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