Sunday, June 11, 2017

Munch Remastered

Edward Munch project at Siljustøl (by composer Harald Sæveruds home)
 Bodil Rørtveit Lunde on vocals.

photos by Jan Holden

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Plastic concert at Festspillene i Bergen

3 sold out concerts.
Environmental focus.
All instrument, and visual effects made out of plastic garbage found by the sea.







Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Terje Isungset`s new music and new band: "Sildrande" - Vossajazz 2017.

The new commissoned concert "Sildrande" had it`s World premiere at Vossajazz on April the 9th.
90 minutes of new music composed by Isungset.
The jazz magazine Down Beat wrote the following:


Isungset has come down off the mountain to create what was possibly the highlight of this year’s fest, in the form of a commissioned work, “Sildrande.” Isungset brought together a fairly all-star grouping of Norwegian players.
A fascinating suite of music that tapped into Norwegian folk, abstracted “free” zones, and a certain naturalistic idealism in sound—identifiably Nordic.


Sunday's best set unwound early in the afternoon, with percussionist Terje Isungset leading a starry ensemble that included Arve Henriksen (trumpet), Morten Qvenild (keyboards), Nils Økland (fiddle) and Mats Eilertsen (bass). Even though they played the specially-commissioned 'Sildrande' piece for around
90 minutes, our attention was constantly gripped, even during the most environmental of openness. Isungset's bass drum fullness reverberated deeply, the twinned Hardanger fiddles bowed with dignified stateliness, and Henriksen revealed a deep desire to plunge his horns into an amplified fishtank, and rattle them around, always in search of previously unexplored aural possibilities. The conclusion came amid the sound of dripping cave-walls, dispersed around the cinema theatre via surrounding speakers, encouraging a poignant form of meditational contemplation.

Line up for the concert:
Arve Henriksen – trompet, vokal
Sissel Vera Pettersen – vokal, elektronikk, saksofon
Morten Qvenild – piano
Nils Økland – feler
Mats Eden – feler
Mats Eilertsen – kontrabass
Terje Isungset: trommer, perkusjon, munnharpe
Asle Karstad – surround-lyddusj

Some photos by Vossajazz:


Some photos by Mats Eilertsen:











Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Plastic Fantastic!

Working on the production of the new project "Sustain" in Bergen for three weeks.
Environmental focused concert in collaboration with FN Sambandet (UNA).
All instruments, design, clothes etc are made out of garbage. Mainly plastic found at shore (taken from the North Sea).
Focusing on whales, fishes and birds dying because they do eat plastic.
New composed music, new instruments, new visuals, design etc.
Corner Teateret - Bergen.
Performances to be given to teenagers next week.

Official World Premiere at Festspillene i bergen May 25th 2017.



Thursday, March 02, 2017

GROUPA on tour in Germany this week

3.3. Mölln (Stadthauptmannshof) 20.00 www.folkclubmoelln.de 
4.3. Bremen (Radio Bremen Sendesaal) 20.00 www.sendesaal-bremen.de 
5.3. Northeim (Alte Brauerei) 16.00 !! www.kunst-kultur-northeim.de
7.3. Oldenburg /Oldb. (Wilhelm 13) 20.00 www.wilhelm13.de
8.3. Hamburg (Heidbarghof) 20.00 www.heidbarghof.de
9.3. Körle (Grüne Harfe) 20.00 www.grueneharfe.de
10.3. Schlüchtern (KuKi) 20.00 www.kukikino.de
11.3. Kappeln (Kirche Ellenberg, Folkclub Ostangeln) 20.00 www.folkclub-ostangeln.de

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tokyo tour 2017

Some photos from 4 fantastic days in Tokyo.









Hotel view.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Terje Isungset Tokyo concerts this week!

Terje Isungset will do solo drums, percussion, mouth harp and rams horn concerts in Japan this week.

Feb 16  Seventh Wave at Ooi, Shinagawa District, Tokyo  

Feb 17  Pit Inn  Shinjuku, Shinjuku District, Tokyo    

Feb 18  Airegin   Yokohama City, Kanagawa

Feb 19  Candy     Inage, Chiba City, Chiba     

Photo by Knut Bry

For more info: ohs@spn2.speednet.ne.jp

Icemusicfestival Geilo - a great success!

This years festival went fantastic.
Weather was magic.
Full Moon came just on time.
Great music.
Fantastic ice instruments.
Lots of audiences and sold out concerts.
Next festival will happen Jan 31 till Feb 4th 2018.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Icemusicfestival Geilo!

The icemusictour in Belgium has just finished. 7 concerts & a great audience.
Now preparing for the one and only Icemusicfestival!
Some photos:






Sunday, January 29, 2017

Icemusic - Belgium.

We had great days in a beautiful national park, and stayed at this little hotel in the forest.
4 concerts - all sold out.
 The main news on RTV.



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Terje Isungset - Icemusic tour in Belgium next week.

What about a little Icemusic warm up in Belgium? 
Terje Isungset will do a tour with his team and the freezer trailer, starting off next week.

27 Jan 2017, 2 ice concerts in De Hoge Rielen - natural park - in Kasterlee, near Turnhout (sold out).
28 Jan 2017 , 2 ice concerts in De Hoge Rielen - natural park - in Kasterlee, near Turnhout (sold out).
2 February 2017 Ice concert in Stadsschouwburg in Leuven
3 February 2017 Ice concert in Schouwburg Ter Dirlft in Bornem
4 February 2017 Day off & warming up.
5 February 2017 Ice concert in CC Leopoldsburg in Leopoldsburg.
6 February: Heading off to Icemusicfestival Geilo for preparations and for making new instruments!




Monday, January 16, 2017

Great reviews of OASE and Kind of folk albums



OASE, Terje Isungset & Sissel Vera Pettersen

Terje Isungset har gjennom flere tiår skapt og utvikla sitt musikalske univers der naturen og naturelementer som stein, metall, is og tre har spilt viktige roller. Med disse hjelpemidlene til rådighet har han laga sitt eget uttrykk - sitt eget perkusjonistiske språk. Isungset er av typen musikant det tar kun et tidels sekund å gjenkjenne - han har ei helt egen stemme.

De fører samtaler som er meningsfulle og spennende og de utfordrer både seg sjøl og oss lyttere uten stans. "Oase" er navnet på dette møtet og det har det også blitt - en musikalsk oase.




GROUPA, Kind of Folk vol 1.

Her tar den "svenske" trioen tradisjonen fra Jan Johansson videre. Svensk folkemusikk ligger til grunn for ekskursjonene herrene tar oss med på og det er tre musikanter som hele tida både vil og kan sette sitt helt personlige stempel på et musikalsk uttrykk som både har folkemusikk og impro med i bagasjen.

Nok en gang er det tre høyst personlige stemmer som setter sitt preg på Groupa, men Isungset med sin bjørkeskog er kanskje det mest særprega bumerket. Slik er det alltid når Terje Isungset møter opp - noe helt eget.

Tor Hammerø.

Composers cabin

Just finished one nice week up in a small mountain cabin, composing music for Vossajazz.