Gunhild Seim

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Elephant in the room – Bigband version (2014)

Big band. Originally written for quintet in 2011, and arranged for big band in 2014. Listen to Quintet version (Spotify)

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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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…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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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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Make My Words (2014)

Bigband piece in afro-cuban style.

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Horus (2012)

Improv piece, 12-piece ensemble, performed by Kitchen Orchestra at the What’s Cooking festival 2012

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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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Motion Sickness -Big band version (2014)

Bigband version of one of my own compositions from 2008. Kind of a quirky blues.

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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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Honu – Bigband version

Big band, durata 6 min. Originally written for quintet in 2011, and arranged for big band in 2013. Listen to Quintet version (Spotify)

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Billie Holiday for vocals/symphony orchestra

Orchestra arrangements of jazz standards “Don’t explain”, “I thought about you”, “Strange fruit” commissioned by Stavanger Sympony Orchestra and Eva Bjerga Haugen for a matinee concert with arrangements of Billie Holiday songs. Contact me for info as I can not post excerpts due to copyright issues.

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Per Spelmann (2005)

A big band/ concert band arrangement of a Norwegian traditional folk song. Originally written for Sandnes og Stavanger Ungdomsstorband (youth big band), it has since been performed by several other 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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Mauna Kea (2008)

Improv piece, flexible line-up. Originally composed for Kitchen Orchestra, and named after the giant sleeping volcano of Hawaii’s Big Island. Premiered 2008 with vocals, 6 horns, accordeon and extended rhythm section. Listen to an excerpt of Mauna Kea

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XX (2007)

6 horns, accordeon, electronics, piano, guitar, bass guitar, double bass and drum set. Written for Kitchen Orchestra, but more of a polyrhytmic piece than an improv piece. Premiered at Tou scene, November 2007.

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Suite for Bigband (2006)

Bigband suite in 3 parts. I finished the piece during a Composer’s residency at the Banff Centre in Canada in 2006, and it was recorded by the Banff Jazz Orchestra in the centre’s studio.

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City in the Sea (2006)

Bigband with SATB vocal group and extra percussionists. Tone poem, durata 9:33. Based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem with the same title. Performed twice at the Copenhagen Jazz festival 2006.

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Colours of Speech (2004)

Bigband. Ballad/tone poem. Inspired by Maria Schneider’s bigband music.

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Vil Dit (Bigband version, 2004/2006)

Bigband. The piece is in samba-style and riff-based. Inspired by Carla Bley. Originally written as a leadsheet in 2002, and arranged for bigband in different versions before it was finally premiered by The Banff Jazz Orchestra when I was doing a Composers Residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, 2006.

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Running From Responsibility (2004/2006)

Wind ensemble (2 flutes, 2 clarinets, 2 trumpets, 2 french horns, 2 trombones, tuba). This piece was originally written as a leadsheet in 2004, a modern swing tune with a bass ostinato, inspired by the style of one of my teachers, danish trumpeter/composer Flemming Agerskov. Then in 2004, I was asked to write something for […]

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Mind Your Step (2004)

Bigband. Jazz-waltz. Inspired by the speaker message “Mind Your Step” constantly played at Schiphol Airport. Performed by Stavanger Storband.

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Mind Your Step (2004)

Bigband. Jazz-waltz. Inspired by the speaker message “Mind Your Step” constantly played at Schiphol Airport. Performed by Stavanger Storband.

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