Live Maria and Ingfrid 📷 CF Wesenberg
Live Maria and Ingfrid 📷 CF Wesenberg

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" in December 2023, for streaming only. Skymt will be issued as vinyl during 2024, together with a new album, recorded with Morten Qvenild. We will also share web exposition with videos and texts from our process 2021-24 - experiments and dialogues.

In concert -
In concert -
- with guest Morten Qvenild
- with guest Morten Qvenild
📷 CF Wesenberg
📷 CF Wesenberg


Bjørvika, Oslo, 2021
Bjørvika, Oslo, 2021

Lars Andreas Haug and I started playing together in 1994. Tu'ba was my very first "band". After releasing our debut album in 1998, we toured extensively for a few years. Then followed a pause of almost 18 years, before we got together again during the pandemic. A reunion tour is booked for 2024. 


📷 Helge Lien
📷 Helge Lien

Pianist Helge Lien and me have been playing together since 2011. We work out imaginative and intuitive cover versions of songs by our favourite artists and bands, whether these be widely celebrated or secluded treasures. Our duo collaboration has resulted in two albums so far. New plans for 2025.


Héloïse Lefebvre, Susanne Paul, Eva Kruse, Julia Hülsmann, Eva Klesse, Live Maria, Michael Schiefel, Aline Frazão
Héloïse Lefebvre, Susanne Paul, Eva Kruse, Julia Hülsmann, Eva Klesse, Live Maria, Michael Schiefel, Aline Frazão

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 have recorded our first album, to be released in 2024. It includes beautiful arrangements of two of my songs, plus one of Julia's compositions with my lyrics.



My work station in Saturns Platz
My work station in Saturns Platz

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).


📷 Thor Egil Leirtrø
📷 Thor Egil Leirtrø

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). 



Erlend, Live Maria, Håkon, Sondre  📷 Egil Hansen
Erlend, Live Maria, Håkon, Sondre 📷 Egil Hansen

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

Coming Home to Hellviktangen  📷 Emil Wieringa Hildebrand
Coming Home to Hellviktangen 📷 Emil Wieringa Hildebrand

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

On tour with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra  📷 Karl Inge Punsvik
On tour with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra 📷 Karl Inge Punsvik


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 

Audun Kleive, Eivind Lønning, Lene Grenager, Hilmar Jensson, Live Maria, Sondre Meisfjord  📷 Helge Lien
Audun Kleive, Eivind Lønning, Lene Grenager, Hilmar Jensson, Live Maria, Sondre Meisfjord 📷 Helge Lien


Eirik Hegdal and Live Maria with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
Eirik Hegdal and Live Maria with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.