GURLS til ISFiT og Dokkhuset!
Det er godt gjort å stappe så mye ubestridt og dagsaktuelt jazztalent inn i en trio, men det er altså det GURLS er. Eller, stryk talent, disse meritterte folka er langt forbi det stadiet — vi snakker the såkalt finished article for lenge siden. I GURLS finner du tre av landets mest ettertraktede musikere i noe de selv kaller et musikalsk friminutt. Med lekende overskudd, trillende selvtillit og med den unike erfaringen disse tre har, er de sammen både en varsom og trampefunky enhet av boblende og umiddelbar formidling med dybde. Debutplata “Run Boy, Run” er blitt en sjangeroverskridende heksebrygg der gjengen lyrisk leker seg med, og spiller på kjønnsroller og normer, humor og (konfronterende) kvinnelig seksualitet. Forfriskende og skamløst, som det jo selvfølgelig burde være.
I GURLS hører vi Ellen Andrea Wang, kjent fra Pixel, soloprosjekter og samarbeid med blant andre Manu Katché og Marilyn Mazur på bass og vokal. Vi hører Hanna Paulsberg, som startet trioen, på saxofon og sang. Hun gir også ut plater med Hanna Paulsberg Concept og har spilt med Bobo Stenson, Chick Corea og Bugge Wesseltofts New Conception of Jazz. Til sist hører vi sangeren Rohey Taalah, som med bandet Rohey er i ferd med å gjøre stor suksess på egenhånd. Hun har tatt over etter Emilie Nicolas, som var med på å starte GURLS i sin tid da hun oppfordret Paulsberg til å dele låtene hun skrev om erfaringer fra eget liv med flere.
Velkommen til konsert med en av årets mest kritikerroste grupper!
Aldersgrense: 18 år.
GURLS Run Boy, Run
It’s not often you find such a huge amount of indisputably cutting-edge jazz potential packed into a single trio, but with GURLS, that’s exactly what you get. Wait –did we just say ‘potential’? These prize-winning people have moved far beyond that stage. They’ve already started realising their massive potential and were already sounding like a finished product a long time ago.
GURLS is made up of three of Norway’s most sought-after musicians –all of them taking what they themselves confess is a musical holiday. With their playful energy, sassy self confidence and multitudes of experience in their own bands and projects, together these three consummate musicians have formed a gently funky unit that communicates spontaneously and goes deep.
The group’s debut album, Run Boy, Run, is a genre-hopping witches’ brew,stirred up by musicians whose lyrical playfulness addresses gender roles and norms, humour and confrontational female sexuality. GURLS are righteous, refreshing and bold as brass. [Relying solely on the sensuous, acousticinterplay ofsax and double bass(no drums!)for instrumentation, and constantly passing the vocal baton between themselves, GURLS have landed on new and unexplored territory.]
GURLS features founder Hanna Paulsberg on saxophone and vocals; Ellen Andrea Wang on bass and vocals; and vocalist Rohey Taalah who, with her group Rohey, is on the road to success in her own right. She replaced previous singer Emilie Nicolas, who was involved in starting GURLS by encouraging Paulsberg to share some songs she had written about experiences in her own life.
The Girls in GURLS
Rohey Taalah, from Oslo,is currently one of Norway’s hottest vocalists. She has taken the Norwegian musical world by storm in the past year with her band, called simply Rohey. In recognition of their passionate soul jazz sound, they received the Trondheim Jazz Festival’s Talent Award in 2015, which was awarded to ‘a free and fearless singer with genuine curiosity and tremendous energy in everything she does. She is utterly distinctive and has a powerful expressive force, and is in addition a very talented songwriter.
’Ellen Andrea Wang is a prolific bass player and singer who has spent several years recording and touring with her own jazz bands Pixel and EAW. On top of releasing two solo albums of electronic pop-jazz, Divingand Blank Out, she has collaborated with none other than Sting as well as the legendary jazz drummer Manu Katché. Wang received the prestigious DNB Awardat Kongsberg Jazz Festival in 2015. One prominent Norwegian music critic has declared that ‘Ellen Andrea Wang is broadening the scope of Norwegian jazz.’
Award winning saxophonist Hanna Paulsberg has enjoyed great success with her own band, Hanna Paulsberg Concept, which has released three albums to date. Paulsberg has also worked with jazz legends such as Chick Corea, Bugge Wesseltoft and Bobo Stenson. Paulsberg was selected as an ambassador for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2015, and was awarded the title Young Nordic Jazz Comet in 2011. Kim Klev, a reviewer for the newspaper Dagbladet, wrote the following after the Molde Jazz Festival in 2017: ‘What really makes my soul vibrate,’ said the reviewer for Dagbladet newspaper of her 2017 Molde Jazz Festival performance,‘is the way Hanna Paulsberg plays the saxophone. I have never yet witnessed her at a concert where she didn’t add something extra.
Age limit: 18
The location is handicap-friendly.