Emil Karlsen, originally from Norway, is a young drummer/improviser currently based in Leeds, UK. His playing highlights dynamics, timbre and textures, all done with an organic mindset. His work as improviser consists of doing both acoustic and electro-acoustic solo performances, working in ensembles spanning from duos to octets and beyond, exploring graphic scores with an interest in audio visuals using both digital and analogue medias, all done with a focus on creating boundary-pushing music. His mentality of exploring the sonic possibilities of the drum kit is brought into all of his projects forming his unique expression. Apart from being a busy performer, he also run the label noumenon – a label for improvised music with a Scandinavian presence.
“Emil Karlsen is an independently minded drummer whose playing balances organic looseness with a dynamic, propulsive energy”
– Paul Hession (UK)
“Emil is a wonderful young drummer/percussionist who plays with power, delicacy and originality”
Fourth Page was formed in 2010 almost by accident on a sunny Spring afternoon in Surrey. The very first notes the band ever played together that day ended up on their debut album, ‘Along the Weak Rope’, which was released later that year. Two more albums followed for Forwind and the legendary Leo label over the next couple of years (along with a lot of gigs in churches).
The band’s unique and entirely improvised approach to song form has drawn comparisons to everyone from Schubert to David Sylvian, Paul Bley, Talk Talk and John Martyn, but in truth Fourth Page sound like no-one but themselves. Now, after a few years spent concentrating on other projects and collaborations (often with each other in various combinations) the quartet are back together.
This time the band’s sound is a little harder edged, more electric. Maybe this is a refection of the harder edged times we live in at the close of the decade, but at the heart of Fourth Page’s music there’s still a luminous, fragile beauty.
Their new album ‘Live Wales – Hungary’ is out now. You can listen below or buy it here on LEO records.
Charlie Beresford – guitar, voice
Carolyn Hume – keyboards
Peter Marsh – bass
Paul May – drums