CURRENT AND PREVIOUS PROJECTS


ROGGEN/NYHUS 

Roggen/Nyhus is a voice and piano duo with Ingfrid Breie Nyhus. The two of us started up in 2016, exploring interpretation as such. By 2020 the searching had developed into improvisation and re-composition.

Our processing often starts with learning songs - mostly late romantic lieder - by heart, before we begin experimenting through a set of methods to unlearn and internalize the stories in new ways. Our respective backgrounds from jazz, improvised music and songwriting (Live Maria) Vs classical, contemporary music and folk music (Ingfrid), play along in the interaction. Performing, recording, and thus retelling the musical stories through the reconnected remains that we carry in our bodies, feed back into the ongoing work.

Our explorations so far have resulted in various musical landscapes, from minimalistic, bone dry ones, to lushious, flavish, noisy ones. Following the EP Demanten (2022), we released the duo album Skymt digitally, in 2023. Our upcoming album Symfoni, to be digitally released in August 2024, features Morten Qvenild on live electronics. In September 2024 we plan to release the two albums Skymt and Symfoni as vinyls in a combined cover, together with a Scandinavian language booklet with texts from guest writers. These and other texts plus much more documentation will finally be made available in English, on the artistic research platform researchcatalogue.net


TU'BA

We started playing together in 1994. The duo Tu'ba - with tuba player Lars Andreas Haug - was my very first band, and my ground schooling in improvisation, a creative and limitless playground where we would compose, arrange and improvise over all sorts of ideas.

After releasing our first and only album in 1998, we toured extensively for a few years. Then followed a pause of almost 18 years, before we met up again during the pandemic and discovered that playing felt just as intuitive and fun as it used to. 

A reunion tour and several single concerts are booked for 2024-25.


LIVE & LIEN


Pianist Helge Lien and me play together every once in a while. We work out imaginative and intuitive cover versions of our favorite songs. We have released two albums so far, in 2011 and 2016 - and always look forward to the next turn. Exciting new plans for 2025 will be released soon. 


JULIA HÜLSMANN OKTETT

German pianist and ECM recording artist Julia Hülsmann formed this international octet - or, as she calls it: double trio and 3 voices - in 2015. 

With: Julia Hülsmann on piano, Aline Frazão, Michael Schiefel and me on vocals, Héloïse Lefebvre on violin, Susanne Paul on cello, Eva Kruse on bass and Eva Klesse on drums. 

All the music we play is arranged by Julia. In 2023 we recorded our first album, to be released in 2024. The album includes beautiful covers of two of my songs, plus one of Julia's compositions with my lyrics.


COLLECTIVE IMPROVISATION


with WILD AT ART

Wild at Art create long-durational, site- and situation-specific, inclusive, unstable, exploratory situations. 

I find the Wild at Art-strategies immensely inspiring. Every time I've had to pack up and leave one of the situations that we've built collectively, I've wished that they could just go on, that life and art would always be intertwined like this.

So far I've participated in six of their works: Popludium (2013, in Trondheim's abandoned main post office), Love Letters (Molde Jazz Festival 2013, in an amphitheatre in the woods), Gaven (2013, in Vår Frue open shelter church), Gjestehus (Olavsfest 2015, in Lademoen church), Saturns Hage (2020, Rosendal Theatre), and Saturns Platz (2022, Rosendal Theatre in K•U•K exhibition space).

with TRONDHEIM VOICES

I was one of the founders of this improvising vocal ensemble, 20+ years ago. 
Trondheim Voices has since consisted of a pool of singers, with lineup and roles changing from one project to the other. In addition to being one of the singers, I would occationally have strategic and artistic leadership. I have developed improvisational toolkits and framework for collective musicmaking, and composed music. I also produced the ensemble on three albums. 

Some essensial Trondheim Voices-works I've been part of:
Bingo (2008- with
Cirka Teater), On Anodyne (2015- with Jon Balke and Batagraf), Rooms&Rituals (2016- with Asle Karstad), A World of Daughters (2019- by Jon Balke/Yusuf Komunyakaa), Driv (2021 with Cirka Teater), Valen Remixed (2022 for Fartein Valen Festivalen), Trehagen (2022, by Ellen Lindquist and Ane Aas), Circles (2023 with Nils Henrik Asheim), and finally Bedrock (2023- by the ensemble, Asle Karstad, Tone Myskja, Oscar Udbye, Ingrid Skanke Høsøien). 


 PREVIOUS PROJECTS


COME SHINE

Jazz quartet Come Shine started as a student band in 1998 and quickly became popular for our loving, yet unruly, interpretations of jazz standards. 

During our active years (1998-2004 and 2012-19) Come Shine released five albums, to wide critical acclaim. Touring we would meet packed venues and dedicated listeners, of all ages. We performed with most of Norway's symphony- wind- and string ensembles, and we staged productions with legends like journalist Knut Borge, poet Jan Erik Vold, artists Jan Eggum, Tuva Syvertsen, Knut Reiersrud and more.

The long term development, the efforts and the artistic achievements of Come Shine have been important elements in my own development as a musician and performer. 

With: Erlend Skomsvoll/Sondre Meisfjord/Håkon Mjåset Johansen

In 2022 Come Shine released a concluding double/triple album, with 25 unique tracks, recorded live in small venues: "Coming Home"



APOKALUPTEIN

Apokaluptein means to reveal, to uncover. This was the main commission work for the Vossajazz festival in 2015. I wrote it during autumn of 2014, with the emerging climate and refugee crises in mind. I wrote and composed, from my perspective, about the unbearable human tendency to deny and adapt no matter how bad things turn out. I wrote about acceptance of death, and the fear of not being able to protect your loved ones.

The album recorded in Kulturkirken Jakob in 2016 was a developed version of the original work; more spoken words and poetry had been added. 

With: Hilmar Jensson/Eivind Lønning/Lene Grenager/Sondre Meisfjord/Audun Kleive.

Read in Norwegian: interview about Apokaluptein 


SOME MORE BANDS AND PEOPLE I'VE PLAYED WITH

LIVE MARIA BAND

2003-08 with Maria Kannegaard/Mattis Kleppen/Thomas Strønen/Øyvind Brandtsegg/Tone Åse. My first solo album "Circuit Songs" (Jazzland 2007) also included Gulleiv Wee/Bjørn Charles Dreyer/Lars Andreas Haug/Arve Henriksen.


WIBUTEE

1998-2000 with Håkon Kornstad/Per Zanussi/Erlend Skomsvoll/Wetle Holte.
Album "Newborn Thing", Jazzland 1999.

DINGOBATS+

with Eirik Hegdal/Njål Ølnes/Fredrik Ljungqvist/Fredrik Lundin/Øyvind Brække/Thomas T Dahl/Mats Eilertsen/Sverre Gjørvad. Album "Pöck", Bergland 2002.

DENNE LILLE PYTTEN ER ET HAV

Commission work by Sverre Gjørvad, with lyrics by Jan Kjærstad and Peter Handke. With Eirik Hegdal/Øyvind Brække/Ståle Storløkken/Nils-Olav Johansen/Mats Eilertsen/Sverre Gjørvad.
Album of the same name, Curling Legs 2001.

STABAT MATER

Commission work by Kjetil Bjerkestrand for Arve Tellefsen/Øystein Moen/Bjerkestrand himself/me/strings - such as Sara Övinge/Atle Sponberg/TrondheimSolistene.
Album of the same name, KKV 2019.
 

NOT TO FORGET...

Trondheim Jazzorkester/Pat Metheny, Scheen Jazzorkester/Ambrose Akinmusire, Tord Gustavsen, Atle Sponberg/Frode Haltli/Sveinung Bjelland/Mats Eilertsen, Jon Eberson/Arild Andersen/Jon Christensen, Tom Steinar Lund/Sveinung Hovensjø/Celio de Carvalho, Ann-Cathrin Hertling/Siri Gjære/Maria Kannegaard/Alf Hulbækmo/Mattis Kleppen/Tor Haugerud/Tor Ivar Hagen/Andrea Sampalmieri/Sunniva Skjøstad Hovde/Marianna Sangita Røe/Viktor Wilhelmsen/Marte Huke, Brita Skybak/Tone Myskja/Sidiki Camara, Eivind Aarset/Bugge Wesseltoft.