After more than 20 years as a concert ensemble, and a few years after everybody else in the music business have agreed that CDs are outdated, passé, a thing of the past, NBE have set about recording its first, and possibly last, studio album. All the music will be exclusively arranged by Hans Petter Stangnes and Stian Aarskjold. Unconfirmed rumours suggest the album will be all about renaissance music – a genre the ensemble have specialized in since the beginning in 1992. The recording and engineering work is handled by Lindberg Lyd (2L), which really is top-of-the-line in the business. This way we can’t blaim the technique if something goes askew; just as well, really. I boldly and ever so coolly expect this record to become an absolute blockbuster in ‘Brasstopia’. Gee wiz I’m looking forward to this!

G.A.