Gunhild Seim

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Lyden av Vann

“Lyden av Vann” (Sound of Water) is a site-specific happening, a commission from Obstfelder 150 år for theatre director Berit Aarrestad and myself. For the anniversary of norwegian poet Sigbjørn Obstfelder (1866-1900). It was premiered September 14th 2016 outside at the city market in Stavanger with 2000 children as participating audience, playing with water, sound […]

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Schlafe, Mein Liebster (2010)

Bigband/vocal “jazz” arrangement of the aria from the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach. Originally commissioned by Stavanger Jazzforum/Bjergsted Jazz Ensemble for a Christmas concert with Eva Bjerga Haugen on vocals.

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Skogs-Drømmer (2010)

Bigband piece. The meaning of the name is “Dreams in the Woods”. Commissioned by Stavanger Jazzforum/Bjergsted Jazz Ensemble for a Christmas concert, this piece is inspired by my mother, who grew up in the woods, and a gift she got in her early youth, from a sailor friend who’d been travelling overseas, a music box […]

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Story Water (2012)

Commissioned by Vossajazz 2012. Durata 68 min, for vocals, 3 horns, 2 electric guitars, drums and visuals. Electronic elements from the performers. Texts by Jalaluddin Rumi, Sienna Dahlen and Edgar Allan Poe, plus traditional children’s rhymes. The visuals contains visualisations of sound input from each musician.

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…Jul in Memoriam (2009)

A variation on “Silent Night” by Franz Gruber with Norwegian text by Erik Hillestad, but quite a step away from the original. Commisioned by Kitchen Orchestra. This piece has been quite popular and was performed 6 years in a row at Kitchen Orchestra’s annual (alternative) Christmas concert at Tou scene. Released as the B-side of the […]

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Konferansieren (2010)

For emcee (master of ceremonies) and band (flexible lineup). Improvisation/spoken word-improvisation. Written for Kitchen Orchestra with Nils Henrik Asheim as the emcee, as an introduction piece for a concert. Premiered at Kitchen Orchestra’s 5 year anniversary in June 2010. Financially supported by Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

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Soto (2010)

For improvising musicians (flexible lineup) with choreography/movement of sound. Commissioned by Kitchen Orchestra and performed at the 5 years anniversary in 2010. Financially supported by Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

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XX2 – A home in the Clouds (2008)

Improv piece for concert band with guitar soloist. Structures for improvisation intended for classical musicians. Written for the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, premiered at Realtime Music Symposium during Oslo Jazzfestival 2008.

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Elegi (2007)

Wind ensemble (2 flutes, clarinet, alto sax/clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 trumpets, 2 french horns, 2 trombones, tuba). Durata 5:21. Commissioned by an ensemble of wind instrument teachers at Stavanger Kulturskole. Performed at 2 concerts 2008. Listen to an excerpt of Elegi

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Du Grønne Glitrende Jazz God Dag (2009)

An arrangement of a traditional Norwegian Christmas song, with text by Johan Krohn to a melody by the German composer Christopher Weyse. It was originally commissioned by Kitchen Orchestra with soloists Eva Bjerga Haugen (voc) and Knut Wedø (recorder). A bit of an ironic piece, it starts out as a humoristic jazz duet between the […]

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Music for Gezi I (2013)

Bigband piece in the style of Astor Piazolla, written during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul 2013, hence the title. Commissioned by Østnorsk Jazzsenter. I conducted the first performance myself, at the Østnorsk Jazzsenter bigband camp for amateur musicians, summer of 2013.  

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Sandvigå Suite (2012)

Commissioned by Stavanger Kulturskole. Improv piece for wind ensemble and rhytm section (minimum 12 horns, flexible line-up). Suitable for young bands.

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Sandvigå Suite (2012)

Commissioned by Stavanger Kulturskole. Improv piece for wind ensemble and rhytm section (minimum 12 horns, flexible line-up). Suitable for young bands.

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