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Holy Heart of Me

by Tena Palmer

Fearlessly original combination of poignant story telling, contemporary improvisation, electronica, and acoustic instrumentation by creative improv maestros from Iceland, Canada and Finland. Alt Folk/Pop rich in rhythmic and sonic textures.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dan Mason
4:18 $0.99
2. North Atlantic Ocean
6:23 $0.99
3. Marble
5:38 $0.99
4. Angel Band
5:55 $0.99
5. Wishbone Stew
5:46 $0.99
6. Goldenrod
5:17 $0.99
7. Holy Heart of Me
4:18 $0.99
8. Asylum
7:59 $0.99
9. Snowshoes for Sisyphus
5:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
tena palmer T.I.N.T. is: Tena Palmer, Hilmar Jensson and Matthias Hemstock.

Tena Palmer is an award winning singer songwriter whose recordings range from modern jazz improv & Celtic music, to experimental, original roots and contemporary chamber jazz /pop styles.
“Palmer soars where angels fear to sing". – Mark Miller - The Toronto Globe and Mail
“the most creative vocalist in Canadian free improvisation” - Stuart Broomer Toronto Life Magazine

Guitarist, Hilmar Jensson has performed in 35 countries with his trio "TYFT", Jim Black’s AlasNoAxis, Trevor Dunn's MadLove, Mogil, Outhouse, BMX and others.
Hilmar has recorded and/or performed with John Zorn, Tim Berne, Jim Black, Chris Speed, Skuli Sverrisson, Trevor Dunn, Herb Robertson, Eyvind Kang, Marc Ducret Cuong Vu, Wadada Leo Smith, Arve Henriksen, Per Jörgensen, Anders Jormin and many others.

Matthias Hemstock is a specialist in electronic/ experimental music with drum set replaced by more abstract percussion sounds (amplified stones & sand and heavily processed sounds from cymbals and other traditional percussion instruments.) He has played with most leading Icelandic improvising musicians and frequently collaborates with European and American musicians including violist, Eyvind Kang (Bill Frisell), NYC reed player, Andrew D´Angelo, bassist, Skuli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson), Palmer and Jensson.
Matthias tours the U.S.A., Canada, Europe and Japan. with Icelandic composer and keyboard player Johann Johannsson & various string quartets.

Tena Palmer – voice / compositions (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Hilmar Jensson – guitars / electronics (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Matthias Hemstock – percussion / electronics (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Valdimar Kolbeinsson/ – el. bass (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Johannes Asmundsson – el. bass (Reykjavik,Iceland)
Roland Bourgeois - cornet (Moncton, NB, Canada)
Thora Gréta Thorisdottir • harmony vocal Þ
Kjartan Valdemarsson – concertina (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Omar Gudjonsson - tuba (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Erin Donovan – bowed vibraphone (Mahone Bay, NS, Canada)
Tatu Kantomaa - accordion (Rovaniemi, Finland)

Recorded in Reykjavik, Iceland by Matthias Hemstock at KYNJAHLJÓMAR
(kynja has a double meaning: gender/weird and hljómar means sound).
Additional recording, mixed and mastered by John D. S. Adams. at Stonehouse Sound, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada
Cover art by Magnus Helgason



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Another wonderful CD
Wonderful, smooth, expressive voice. Palmer takes the listener on another journey ...
Happy to have this CD in my collection.

Ed Goodstein

Another Brilliant Tena album
I continue to be impressed by Tena Palmer: from her early days with jazz band Chelsea Bridge to this sparkling
new one. In some respects, this is a successor to 'North Atlantic Drift' more than her very experimental side with Aperture Trio and such. And 'Asylum' also reconfigures one from her wonderful, and unjustly overlooked duo with Justin Haynes, 'Not Drowning, Waving.' There're elements that refer to trad. folk, with a wonderful, atmospheric and moving version of 'Angel Band,' and the similar treatment/similar themed 'Dan Mason,' a musical treatment of a letter about the sudden (& possibly suspicious!) death of great grandfather(!). That said, the feel here is less self-consciously 'country' or Appalachian folk overall. There's a general sense of travel, both external and internal questing going on, not new themes exactly for her. Yet Palmer also explores many musical possibilities here that make this album distinctive: especially in subtle, coloristic shifts that add variety more than just doing fast and slow/upbeat and ballad songs. And her voice alone is luscious and moving to me. The core of her trio here, Icelanders Matthias Hemstock and Hilmar Jensson, add elements drawn from her more experimental side, but this still explores folk, pop and singer-songwriter possibilities that remain accessible, if certainly not cliches. And the several guest stars also augment the songs effectively. If the lyrics are significant and central, the musical elements remain delicately balanced and worth hearing throughout, as does Palmer's fine phrasing, vocal range and at times, surprising leaps and swoops. I'm a big Palmer fan because of her variety, virtuosity and the element of surprise and openness to a range of ideas. All on show here: and I recommend for this side 'North Atlantic Drift' too.