The initial idea behind Ensemble E was to combine traditions of Contemporary Music, deeper folkmusic, Improvised music, Free Jazz and other experimental music fields and traditions with the deeper music traditions. This is deeper research of traditional and non-traditional ways of expressing folk music of Scandinavia, Portugal, Poland, Ukraine and more. Much more. By putting them next to each other/ on top of each other/ inside of each other. Creating new ways. The instrumentation of Ensemble E is spectacular in my ears, eyes and soul. Avoiding traditional prejudices. This is all about how it is shared. And with whom. And WHO we are.’
Liner notes by Mats Gustafsson
Ensemble E is focusing on the frictions and balances between solo music expressions and the collective interaction. Instant conductions, graphic scores and instructional pieces are used for the ensemble in its collective form and structure. Solo music by each member of the EE is put into the overall form – bridging in between the collective group activities – within the fields of Folk Music, Improvised Music and pre -composed Contemporary Music. A genre-evasive ensemble of extreme diversity and complexity! Ensemble E is making deeper research into traditional and non-traditional ways of expressing the folk music of Scandinavia, Portugal and Poland and how, by putting these traditions in entirely new situations, a radically NEW music can occur!