Ana Silvera is an alternative/folk singer-songwriter and composer from London, UK. To date, Ana Silvera has released three solo albums to date: "The Aviary" (2012), "Arcana - A Winter EP" (2017) and her BASCA-award nominated song-cycle, "Oracles” which was released in July 2018 on Gearbox Records. Anahas collaborated with choirs including Estonian Television Girls Choir, Roundhouse Experimental Choir, early music ensemble Concerto Caledonia, composed for Royal Ballet and has performed and/or been played on radio stations including BBC Radio 3 (The Verb, Late Junction, In Tune) and BBC Radio 6. Ana Silvera currently splits her time between London and Copenhagen.
Marie Munroe is the name and sound of one of Norways most distinctive voices and songwriters. Hailing from the picturesque coastal town of Aalesund in Norway. Munroe has crafted several strong releases in recent years, both through interesting collaborations but most of all as a solo artist. Her highly acclaimed albums have impressed music lovers and critics alike, and given her opportunities to perform on the international circuit.
Reviews have stated that Marie Munroe is rising to the very top with a strong and innovative repertoire. Free of conventions and restraint, but vivacious and spirited, she has managed to create something both interesting and catchy, a challenge she has braced with success.
Aside from a voice full of richness and versatility, diversity is also a quality that identifies Marie Munroe. Born Hilde Marie Kjersem, her career and life has been full of change. Moving from Scandinavia’s spectacular jazz scene performing under her own name, she took her grandfathers name Munroe as her career steadily evolved in to a solo pop artist. Critical acclaim followed, along with two Norwegian Grammy nominations and collaborations with some of Norway’s most successful musicians. Now, as Marie Munroe, there is a sense of liberation from the past and with it completeness in the music.
Whilst there is a hint of the Nordic cool about Marie Munroe’s music, there is far more depth than just cold-sounding synths and distant electronic drumbeats. The bold and challenging melodies bring out a new and different energy, the possibilities of what Marie Munroe could achieve are both exciting and endless.
Oslo-based flautist Henriette H. Eilertsen plays and writes music in different bands such as Billy Meier, Kakapoi and most recently a trio with Jo David Meyer Lysne on guitar and Synne Amanda Salvesen on video and processing. This spring, together with some fellow musicians, she established a new jazz orchestra in Oslo for composing jazz musicians, OJKOS, which will start rehearsing and playing this fall.
Frank Michaelsen plays guitar and sings harmony in the Oslo based group The Switch. Their last LP (The Switch Album), from 2016, won them a Norwegian Grammy Award in the indie category.
Pianist, improvisator and composer Kjeti Mulelid has distinguished himself as an inventive artist, blending genres like jazz, psalms and free jazz in his music. After studying jazz at the acknowledged “Jazzlinja” in Trondheim (NO), he has played concerts and toured with his own music / projects in the whole Scandinavia, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, France, Germany, England, The Faroe Islands, Serbia and USA. In october 2017 he released his first self titled album with his trio on Rune Grammofon, which got honored by critics all over the world ("Best of the year" Jazz FM UK, “a magical album" - The Wire UK, “timeless quality" - Baby Blaue DE, “Unbelievable" - Written In Music NL). He has also released several well spoken albums with other projects like Wako and Kjemilie, and he has played and worked with many great musicians as Arve Henriksen, Kirsti Huke, Ola Kvernberg, Eirik Hegdal, and Nils-Olav Johansen.
Hans Martin Austestad is a Norwegian singer and instrumentalist especially focused on playing with perceived conformity. This has led him to tune in to other artists' playful eclecticism, really old folk music, and has led him to lead and participate in musical projects of very different styles.
His most notable projects are Austestad, a musical venture in his own mother tongue that crosses all kinds of genre-borders in the search for original sounding pop, and Earlybird Stringband, a country and bluegrass inspired band who suddenly led their attention to the similarities between American and Norwegian folk music.
Torkjell Hovland is a bassplayer, composer and musicologist from Ørsta, but lives in Oslo. He wrote his master thesis on silence and the Wandelweiser collective, and works with silence in his own music. He’s also a board member in the music festival Sommarljom and reviews music for Jazznytt magazine and jazzinorge.no.
Ivar Myrset Asheim is a Norwegian jazz drummer based in Oslo. He’s active in the jazz, pop and improvising scene in Norway as sideman, bandleader and composer. He plays in bands like Billy Meier, Airdust, Pangpang, Trond Kallevåg Hansen trio, Matona’s Afdahl Group, Konradsen, Luke Elliot and LILJA. Ivar has contributed on several album releases and has a Bachelor degree in performing jazz from the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Violinist Sara Övinge, born in Sweden, had her first appearance as soloist with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra at the age of 6. Aged 16, she attended the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with further studies in Oslo as well as London.
Sara has appeared as soloist in various European countries and received numerous grants, awards and prizes. In 2009 she won Concert Norway's INTRO Classical competition and in Sweden’s biggest music competition - the Swedish Soloist Prize she won the Listeners prize. This all led to engagements with three of the major Norwegian symphony orchestras as well as Swedish top rate symphony orchestras.
Sara was appointed 2nd Concertmaster in the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, and for the past three years, in particular, she has additionally been exploring new aspects of music; for example, she is experimenting with music and choreographed movement as well as improvisation.
She is also a regular member of Javid Afsari Rad Ensemble and Ensemble Ernst.
Nina Mortvedt is a musician/composer and music improviser. She started Band Of Gold in
2013, in collaboration with Nikolai Hængsle, and has so far released two highly acclaimed
albums. The debut in 2015 called “Band Of Gold” earned the duo the Phonofile Nordic Music
Prize, as the first Norwegian artist ever in addition to being nominated for the Norwegian
Grammy Awards. Band Of Gold´s second album “Where´s The Magic” was released this
March and was just as well, if not better, received by the critics all over Europe and in the
US. In addition to Band Of Gold, Mortvedt has done many improvisational concerts/shows
with the group Smaa Graa. Their most recent show called “Chemistry”, is a collaboration
with the artist and choreographer Kim Hiorthøy. This show premiered at The Ultima Oslo
Contemporary Music Festival in 2015 and has toured since then. Mortvedt continues to
write music for- and tour with Band Of Gold and Band Of Gold will also be joining the superb
Susanne Sundfør on stage during many festivals this summer.
Sanskriti Shrestha (1990) is a Nepalese tabla player based in Oslo. Shrestha has been active in some iconic projects in Scandinavia, touring across Europe, Asia, and Australia with ensembles spanning a large diversity of musical genres. She brings her Nepalese/Indian musical background in the merge with jazz, electronics and other styles of contemporary music. She has been working to promote the tabla to be recognized as a versatile instrument with rich possibilities. Coming from a family of music professionals, she has been sustaining the tradition she grew up with and has developed an innovative style of solo performance and collaboration. Since adolescence, she has continued to expand her vocabulary in Tablas and promote it into vogue as a special and important musical instrument in the scene of music today.
“Shrestha's style of playing is modern - and unconventional, but with solid anchoring in classical technique.” - Johan Hauknes, Salt Peanuts.
Sanskriti learned Tabla from her teacher Homnath Upadhyaya in Kathmandu where she completed her masters in Tabla from Allahabad Sangeet Samiti Ktm. Later in 2010 she moved to Oslo for her further studies and graduated from The Norwegian Academy of Music.
Nils Henrik Asheim (b.1960) enjoys a combined career as composer and
performer. He took his education at the Norwegian Academy of Music and
Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Asheim has written several chamber
music pieces, works for symphony orchestra, organ and choirs, as well as
projects in public space, for theater and opera. He has been awarded a number
of prizes for his work.
Besides playing the classical repertoire on the organ, Asheim has developed a
personal style of improvising. This has led to several recordings both as solo
performer and in collaboration with musicians like Anne-Lise Berntsen, Ruth
Wilhelmine Meyer, Lasse Marhaug, Paal Nilssen-Love and Frode Gjerstad among
others. In his position as organist of Stavanger concert hall, he regularly
organizes Organ Nights where the instrument appears in eclectical combinations
with performers from various genres and art forms.
Since 1991 Asheim has lived in Stavanger where he is active as a composer,
musician and organizer. He was the principal initiator of the founding of Tou
Scene, an alternative centre for contemporary arts in an abandoned factory
building, and responsible for its development over a period of 10 years. Asheim
has been the resident organist of the new concert hall in Stavanger since its
opening in 2012. Here he has displayed an innovative way of creating activities
around the organ, and managed to get a large audience for the instrument.
Adrian Fiskum Myhr is a bassplayer (double bass and electric bass) from Trondheim, currently living in Oslo. He plays in bands like Oker, Bansal Band, Dr. Kay & his Interstellar Tone Scientists, Javid Afsari Rad Ensemble, Torg, DaMaNa, Simiskina, ComboNations & Myhr/Doneda. He also does concerts with his solo project. As a musician he is interested in exploring the sound possibilities of his instruments and he is constantly working on making his sound vocabulary larger. Adrian plays different genres and feel comfortable playing everything from free-improvised music to jazz, world music and pop. He has a Master degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music.
Snertingdal Records is a small independent record label started by Stian Finstad Svehagen in 2012. The label has released artists and bands in different genres, though they are all rooted in guitarbased popmusic (and make really really good tunes). Mr. Svehagen used to be a manager at the Big Dipper record store and is now a librarian. It's a busy spring for Snertingdal Records having released three singles by the band Avind, which also has an album coming out on May 25th (also on Snertingdal Records). There are also brand new sounds from Family Values and a new signing of Dingus in the next couple of weeks.
The voice of young, Danish jazz singer Nana Rashid has a timeless quality, reminiscent of such greats as Nina Simone and Radka Toneff. The strong, raw and melancholic debut EP «Sorrow In Sunlight» (2016) is proof that it’s still possible to uncover great, unknown talents in jazz music in our day and age.
Karl Nyberg – saxophone
Gregor Riddell – ‘cello
Bernt Isak Wærstad – guitar/electronics
KGB is a new improvising trio made up of Oslo-based musicians prominent in the Norwegian scene. With influences spanning jazz, rock, world, electronic and experimental music, KGB creates an inimitable sound world fitting both live and on record.
Bendik B. Foss is a violist living in Oslo, Norway. After nine years in the Oslo
Philharmonic Orchestra, he became a full-time freelancer in 2011 and has since had an
active career with an emphasis on contemporary music and chamber music. Bendik is a
member of the Cikada Ensemble, Oslo Sinfonietta and Ensemble Ernst, and has also tried
to understand semiotic theory at the University of Oslo. He is married to the
Norwegian/Indian violinist and composer Harpreet Bansal, and together they have two
kids aged 8 and 4.
DJ 99 - Guttorm Andreasen had his first DJ gig at his school youth club in the winter of 1980. He has been at it ever since. Guttorm has DJed at most clubs and festivals in Norway. He has also travelled the world extensively, DJ’ing from London to Sofia to Barcelona to Bishkek.
Guttorm Andreasen is one of the most experienced journalists in Norway, having worked as a host, presenter and reporter in broadcast radio, tv and print since 1985. He produced and presented literally thousands of music shows during more than 20 years with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, the NRK.
A well-known and respected music journalist, Guttorm Andreasen is also a popular moderator, public speaker, musician and promoter.
Since the late nineties, Vågan has been active on the Norwegian scene, both as a bass player, and bandleader. Coming into the public eye first as leader for the collective MOTIF, he is now known as one of the most prolific bassplayers of his generation. Coming out of the young jazz and improv communities of Trondheim and Oslo, he has gone on to perform with many central musicians of both the Scandinavian and the international jazz scene, generations across. Vågan is also a noted composer, and is the artistic director for the well renowned Trondheim Jazz Orchestra for 2017-2019, working with both his own music and that of guests artists like Pat Metheny and others.