I did not really know Cesilie when I asked her to have a duo session with me, so it was a relief that from the first moment, she was very positive and bubbling over with ideas. Cesilie is a great dancer who works for, among others, Sita Ostheimer (D) and James Cousins Company (UK). She is also a choreographer. […]Other
It is now May 2017 and I have to catch up a bit, by starting where I left off 3 months ago, in February. Will tell more about that later. Chattermark is my duo with my husband, bass player John Lilja. I have been mentioning the project before, for instance in this post Relating to […]Other
Show me how you handle your feedback and I will tell you who you are… John and I had borrowed this multi channel amp for our Nov/Dec stay in Hawaii, for rehearsals and to bring with us to jams. This amp was the biggest, meanest, dirtiest amp I had seen in my life, but it […]Other
The Duos Project is me having duo sessions with a series of artists, not just musicians but also sound artists, dancers, visual artists, directors, you name it. Around 2014-15 my work was taking some new directions. I was starting to work more cross-disciplinary than before, and I wanted to get as much experience as possible […]Other
This summer I ran into Tortusa by coincidence, and that was the start of a beautiful friendship. Tortusa is an ambient musician/composer from Stavanger, a.k.a. John Derek Bishop, a really talented guy, who among other things joined me in duo sessions October 16th and November 8th. Tortusa just got nominated for a Norwegian Grammy, Spellemannsprisen, […]Other
Happy new year! There is reason for celebration, since just before Christmas, the Duos Project had its first session in front of an audience, with me and David Rothenberg playing a concert at Bergen Kjøtt on December 17th. This will be the first of many shows, I should hope! I am starting the new year with retrospect […]Other
We are a duo, my husband John and I. We have played together in different bands as long as we have known each other, this is how we met. In the spring of 2016 we started the duo Chattermark with the goal of making trumpet and bass sound nothing like trumpet and bass at all. Chattermark is a […]Other
I would like to dedicate this post to some of my heroes: Music teachers in the outskirts of the world. Examplified by some musicians I know in the Big Island of Hawaii: My sister-in-law, Lisa Lilja Wells, and a more recent aquintance, pianist Wendell Ing. The two in their roles as music community leaders, have […]Other
I am sitting by the ocean in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, looking for whales. This town is a former whaler’s town, and supposed to be a good spot to see them. Whale season has just begun. Humpback whales, the ones who sing. I already saw one from the car. The way you spot them is you […]Other
Travelling with my electronic setup, trying to learn, what better place to stop than Berkeley? Berkeley, home of Don Buchla, inventor of the modular synthesizer, and also where Pauline Oliveros, creator of ”deep listening”, started out as director of San Fransisco Tape Music Center. The San Fransisco Bay Area has been central to innovation in […]Other
Many people would be surprised to hear about how the musical world is a microcosmos, a mini version of the real world, where there is a lot of bad attitude. The most interesting thing about concerts is who wins the performance. YOU are a loser if someone is playing better than you. If you are not playing perfectly, […]Other
” As we start to step up, your ladder arrives.” (Rumi). I arrived in Hawaii yesterday, totally jetlaged and confused. A good time to reflect? I don’t know. I’m starting. My name is Gunhild. I am a musician. I make a living from music, as insecure and low income as that is. I make niche […]Other
” As we start to step up, your ladder arrives.” (Rumi). I arrived in Hawaii yesterday, totally jetlaged and confused. A good time to reflect? I don’t know. I’m starting.
My name is Gunhild. I am a musician. I make a living from music, as insecure and low income as that is. I make niche music out of my own initiative. I work as a freelance musician/composer, and have part time job as a music teacher. I have not made the smart career choices, neither in the music world or elsewhere. Here I am, in the middle of my life, but I do not want to be a grown up. I guess I am following my dream. Or rather I am constantly uncomfortable. Always searching.
The later years I have done some big projects, and I got to travel. But still I have felt very uncomfortable. I’m not going to go into detail in this first blog post. Maybe later. But let’s just confirm that I’ve been uncomfortable. I feel helpless. Like the world is coming apart. Many years ago, my grandmother used to ask me ”Why is it that you keep dragging this trumpet around all the time?”. And the question was sincere, not rhetorical. She was waiting for me to grow up, stop playing, do something useful with my life. BIG questions have been bothering me lately. Like for instance ”Can I help create a better world via music?” I know that many musicians through the times have been asking that question, and many of them did really do great things. But who am I in comparison? Will I – me with my clumsiness and limited abilities – be able to do something good? Really good? For other people, not just for my own satisfaction? Can I make something that matters? How can I contribute? Or would I have been more useful to the world around me if I had become something else, like a lawyer or a nurse?
Now it is 2016 and I’ve been really lucky. I applied for a state grant and got accepted. For one year I can live from this grant, while I focus on the questions above. Yes, I am lucky. I am making some new works, for instance “The Duos Project”: Having duo sessions with a series of artists. My new electronical trumpet setup combined with constantly changing collaborators will open up for reflections about Me and The Other–Do I change in the meeting with The Other? Do I want to change? Am I really changing? As Tom Djll, one of the musicians I did sessions with, put it: “It is critical at this time that we artists make a stronger effort to connect and communicate with people who are really different from us”.
I was thinking: why not communicate with other people via sound? And after that thought struck me, curiousity took over, and I started making plans…I’ve decided to start a blog to document the small steps I make. I have made some small steps! For instance I had duo sessions with many new people. I’ve had some nice experiences. We will have too see if this leads me in the right direction. The plan with the blog is to write about the meetings, for instance, and I will have to write about quite a few in retrospect. It is 3,5 months since my grant period started, and I am sitting here in Hawaii, waiting to recover from the long trip and looking forward to hang and play with people over here for the next few weeks. Will tell you more in my next post!comment >>>>