MARIUS GUNDERSEN

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Marius Noss Gundersen is an acclaimed classical guitarist from Norway. He acquired his education at Agder Music Conservatory, Norwegian Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the University of Agder.

Marius has received several acknowledgments for his artistic work, won prizes in competitions in Europe, and received fantastic reviews for his CD productions. He has played concerts in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, England, Germany, France, Mexico, Brazil and the USA in addition to live performances on TV and radio both in Norway and abroad.

Some of Norway’s most prominent composers has written music for him, including: Ketil Bjørnstad, Eivind Buene and Kjell Marcussen among others.

Marius has had the great fortune and opportunity to work with photographer Tomas Moss, which has resulted in Marius having his picture taken thousands of times. (Have a look at the video of Bonfas “Passeio no Rio” on the video page)

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MARIUS GUNDERSEN Una Dia De Noviembre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Una Dia De Noviembre
Latin Jazz 2007
MARIUS GUNDERSEN To You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
To You
Jazz Related Pop/Art Song/Folk 2009
MARIUS GUNDERSEN Retrato Brasileiro album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Retrato Brasileiro
Latin Jazz 2012
MARIUS GUNDERSEN Brazilian Guitar Music by  Marco Pereira album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Brazilian Guitar Music by Marco Pereira
Third Stream 2019

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MARIUS GUNDERSEN Brazilian Guitar Music by Marco Pereira

Album · 2019 · Third Stream
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Something wonderful happened in the world of music starting sometime in the 1920s and continuing to today and that is the merging of jazz and European classical traditions to create new modern hybrids. Its hard to think of a composer past the 1920s that wasn’t influenced by jazz’s sophisticated syncopated rhythms, and certainly jazz musicians had no chance to escape the classical influence as more than likely most of their advanced lessons centered around Chopin, Bach and the rest. In today’s musical universe, other musical components can enter the picture as well, such as Indian ragas, Indonesian Gamelan and Latin American traditions. Its within that merger of classical, jazz and Brazilian practices that we find the new album by Marius Noss Gundersen, “Brazilian Guitar Music by Marco Pereira”.

The title says it all, Gundersen’s new album is a collection of compositions for classical acoustic guitar written by Marco Periera, who’s classical compositions are inspired by Brazilian song forms. In the album liner notes Periera expresses his gratitude to Marius for producing the first album entirely devoted to Marco’s music. Marco also includes very helpful notes for every track on the album, which is nice because very few of us are going to be familiar with all of the Brazilian traditions he is referencing, so its good to have some program notes as a guide if you want to learn more.

The compositions are excellent, deep enough for close and repeated listening, but also pleasant enough to be attractive to people who might not know a thing about Latin jazz or contemporary classical music. Marius’ guitar playing is impressive as he tends to bring out the delicate side of this rather difficult instrument. Listening to how well he can control volume as an aid to expression proves that he is definitely in that upper echelon of guitarists. Fast passages sound unrushed and handled with ease, this CD is a treasure chest for fans of nimble finger picking in any style. So many good tracks on here, but some standouts include, “Estrela da Manha” with its mystical mixolydian chord changes, “Bate-Coxa” has an almost Carribean sounding celebratory style, and album closer, Baiao Cansada” with its modernistic Lydian melodies.

MARIUS GUNDERSEN Retrato Brasileiro

Album · 2012 · Latin Jazz
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Marius Gundersen is a classical guitarist from Norway who also plays Brazilian music. If your prejudices are telling you that this is an odd fit, you couldn’t be more wrong. Gundersen has a wonderful feel for the Bossa Nova rhythms of Brazil. His touch is so light and delicate, and his rhythms are so subtle and supple, that I’m sure he has made many native Brazilian guitarists jealous. When you get into the higher echelons of classical performance, its all about control and all the different shades of lightness you can bring to a piece. Gundersen’s ability to play lightly, but with strength, makes “Retrato Brasileiro” one of the best guitar albums to come out so far this year. If you are a fan of mastered technique, Gundersen’s playing will be sweet delicate music to your ears.

Gundersen pulls from many sources to assemble his songs on this CD. There are many classics from Brazilian composers such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Baden Powell, as well as six originals composed by Gundersen himself. Particularly nice is Gundersen’s bitter sweet melody on “Obrigado” that closes out the CD. All of the songs on here flow together smoothly creating an endless stream of intricate acoustic guitar sounds. You don’t need serious knowledge in Brazilian music to enjoy “Retrato Brassileiro”, this CD has cross appeal for fans of all kinds of instrumental music from modern classical to contemporary jazz. Some may even say this CD makes for great background music, but it is even better when you give it a serious listen.

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