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A Single Sunbeam

by Daniel Herskedal

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In the contemporary musical landscape, where boundaries are increasingly blurred, Daniel Herskedal stands as a beacon of innovation and virtuosity. Since his emergence in 2015, Daniel Herskedal has carved a formidable reputation as a musician with a vast depth, emotional intensity and virtuosity shine whilst simultaneously pushing the boundaries of his instrument to the limit. His latest album, 'A Single Sunbeam', is a pivotal moment in his career, marking a profound affirmation of his identity as an artist who, like Nils Frahm and Max Richter, effortlessly traverses genres and challenging the conventions for what can be done with his instruments, the bass trumpet and tuba.

A master of sound and sonorous beauty, Herskedal has always had a knack for crafting music that is as melodic as it is bold. 'A Single Sunbeam' elevates this to new heights. It's an album where ambient textures, atmospheric layers, and sublime melodies converge with a distinct warmth. The bass trumpet and tuba resonate with a richness that is both cinematic and intensely personal. This album stands out as Herskedal's most meditative and ambient work to date. It encapsulates his unique ability to blend the deep, cinematic resonance of the tuba with the soaring, emotionally charged melodies of the bass trumpet. The addition of Norwegian folk-inspired vocals, nuanced string programming and idiosyncratic percussion further enriches the tapestry of sound.

Daniel Herskedal is a composer and tuba player with an extraordinary talent for expanding the boundaries of his instrument. His work, inspired by the atmospheres and landscapes around him, has not only embraced his roots in jazz and classical music but also found its way into film soundtracks and global advertising campaigns. Herskedal's artistic journey is further illuminated by his collaborations with esteemed institutions such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, and his recognition in the form of prestigious awards, notably the Spellemann Award, the Norwegian Grammy. These accomplishments underscore his exceptional versatility and the widespread acclaim he has garnered as an artist of remarkable caliber.

'A Single Sunbeam' is an invitation into the depths of musical meditation. It represents a seamless blend of genres, a journey that promises to captivate and soothe the soul. This album is a testament to Herskedal's prowess as a musician who continually reimagines the boundaries of his art form, firmly establishing him as a pivotal figure in the evolving narrative of contemporary music.


released March 1, 2024

Recorded in Norway autumn 2023

Recorded by the artists

Mixed by August Wanngren at Virkeligheden, September 2023

Mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering October 2023


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Daniel Herskedal Oslo, Norway

Norwegian composer and Tuba Player defies all conventions and preconceptions what is possible as a soloist on the tuba. He is adept with a masters voice in creating vast palettes of colours and exquisite tone in his music.


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