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
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, so I’ll tell you about that too. He was nominated in the Electronica genre, for his 2016 album ”I know this place – The Eivind Aarset Collages, ”an emotionally charged and atmospherically spellbinding work that cunningly utilizes samples from the catalog of renowned, eccentric Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset on Jazzland Recordings” (Igloo Magazine).
I’d known about him for some time, since we live in the same small city and have friends in common, I actually had him on my list of people to contact before I ran into him, but we never played together before. I was in need of an electronic musician with tech knowledge for the large and complex work ”Lyden av vann” in September. So when I ran into him I asked if he wanted to do it, and not only did he accept, but he became a good sparring partner for me while constructing the work, not only for the technical solutions, but the concept as well.
It was during that process that we decided when “Lyden av Vann” were over and we had more time on our hands, we would try out the duo format. We decided to try out first as a private session in my studio in Tinfabriken .
He was really keen on building up his material from only the trumpet sounds, so we set it up with my trumpet as the sound source, feeding into both our Ableton Live setups. This method could have resulted in some boring tracks for sure, but from the first duo session I think it worked out really well, and sounded organic yet diverse, with him going deep into filtering and transforming the actual sound so that it didn’t sound like trumpet anymore, while I did quite a lot of “reorganising” with granular delay in addition to extended trumpet techniques. We have decided to continue working together and try it out with an audience, this will probably happen quite soon. We just have to find the right concert space. In our first session which was October 16, I managed to screw up the recording, and we were both disappointed since we missed out on some really good stuff. But the second session November 8th, I got it right.