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
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 the other. February 2nd, we played our first concert. We were booked by Pål Asle Pettersen from the concert series Zang at the space Rimi/Imir scenekunst.
This is a picture from the concert. The space is a former supermarket, and the architect Tor Olav Austigard has set up an installation inside it, made for concerts, called Moving Sound, and this concert were to take place inside his space inside of the space. At the time, Chattermark was starting to become a real band, we had had many, many sessions, jams by ourselves, jams together with other people, a proper recording session, a workshop for Hawaiian kids, a photo session. It is an interesting process, moving from being a project to becoming a band, even in cases like this when the band members know each other already well. The first public concert was of course an essential step.
The concert had two sets, and the other band was an amazing american string duo consisting of Daniel Levin (cello) and Mat Maneri (viola) who played a mix of free improvisation and contemporary classical music. Chattermark has been free improvisation all along, so our set would naturally also be totally free improvised. But since we’ve played all these other sessions already, we had sort of established a sound and a repertoar, so we knew what possible building blocks we had, and could concentrate on making an “arch”, building up the set slowly. This being the second Duos Project concert, I used a simpler version of the Ableton set I used in the first concert although I think I forgot to mention the details about my Ableton Live set. It was based around two types of granular samplers/delays, Henke’s “Granulator II” and Sample Sumo’s “Saltygrain”. I also used reverbs, delays, distortion and a little bit of synths. But in the Chattermark concert I didn’t feel like using synths, so I took out that part. John’s setup is a little different, he is using guitar pedals and no laptop. By placing loopers both at the start and end of the effect chain, he can create a loop and manipulate effects as it plays, and he can then make new loops with effects with the looper at the end of the chain. At the bottom of this post, I posted an excerpt from the concert.
For evaluation, this was a nice experience, and to make it even better, we decided that at our next concert we would like to have a sound engineer. We also have thoughts about making another studio recording, and to maybe use visuals for our next concert. I’ve started to collect some videos and put together.
The reason for the delay in my blogging is actually very positive, I have played some amazing duo sessions in the period, and I have also had amazing development in some other musical projects. I’ve been so busy making music, I didn’t have time to write!