Arve Henriksen's latest album "The Nature of Connections" (Rune Grammofon) takes us into territory previously unvisited on Henriksen's solo albums. It's a musical landscape with one foot in Scandinavian folk music and the other in European minimalistic chamber music, although, as always with Henriksen’s music, it transcends all attempts at categorization.
For several years Henriksen toyed with the idea of doing something with a string quartet, but hadn't managed to wrap his head around quite how to pull it off. When Rikskonsertene commissioned a tour with him and new original material in 2012, he suddenly had the incentive to make this idea a reality. He was free to choose whomever he wanted to work with, and he ended up with a group of stellar players from diverse backgrounds.