Growing up, Kjetil Mulelid from Norway was torn between sedate classical music and the strutting rock of artists like Led Zeppelin and Queen that his brother was listening to.
Rock won the day at first so he chose the electric guitar as his main instrument. Later on, an enlightened teacher introduced him to the hitherto unknown delights of improvisation and jazz and he reverted back to the piano. On the strength of this lively and engaging solo album, this was a wise move.
It was recorded at the Athletic Sound studio in Halden, Norway with the pieces being played on the studio's Bösendorfer grand piano which dates back to 1919.
By turns joyful, romantic and elegant, the album shows off Kjetil’s harmonic and melodic prowess.It features eleven relatively short instrumental pieces, none over 5 minutes long.
Despite being written during lockdown, the mood on tracks like Dancers and Love Story is focused on life and movement rather than stasis and melancholy.
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