Ensembles that I work with

Trondheim Voices

– a cutting edge ensemble of improvising vocalists

Trondheim Voices is a groundbreaking Norwegian ensemble of improvising vocalists, constantly challenging and changing the framework for how a vocal ensemble can produce sound art. Since 2001, they have made solid statements as developers within vocal and improvised music, expanding the traditional concert format, searching for new music in the interaction between the singers, the audience, the surroundings and new technology.

Through their many collaborations with cutting edge composers and stage artists, and especially through their collaboration with sound designer Asle Karstad, Trondheim Voices has reached a whole new level of improvising, with both music, movement, new technology, space, and time. The subtle interaction between the singers, the sound-designer, the audience, and the moment, is their point of navigation – making new music through listening and letting go.

Open String Departement

with Siril Malmedal Hauge

Open String Department started out as a side project to the bluegrass band Julie & The New Favorites. Taking their name from a Gillian Welch song that also is a classic AKUS-album, the group found a way to pay tribute to two of their heroes in one go. 

The quartet format with a lead singer has been something the trio wanted to come back to for some time, and in early 2023 a chance encounter with the singer Siril Malmedal Hauge and a show in Trad Session in Fredrikstad provided an incredible opportunity to kickstart a new quartet. “I think you have to keep her” was what Richard Burgess at Trad Session said after the encore, and that is something the trio intends to do. This new quartet will be touring and recording throughout 2024.

Siril Malmedal Haug - lead vocals, flute
Magnus Wiik - banjo, dobro, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, vocals
Espen Bjarnar - guitar, mandolin, vocals
Aksel Jensen - bass, vocals


- A shortcut to a cultural heritage from Eastern Europe

The project deals with European portraits of women in a selected handful of reinterpretations of Eastern European music. This is music that can be experienced as small shortcuts into other cultures. Through composers such as Brel, Osiecka, Vysotskij, Brecht and more. 

The project is an important breath of fresh air. And we ask ourselves: "Why do we know so little about music from our own continent?".

Jørn Simen Øverli - vocals/guitar/lyrics,
Espen Leite - accordion,
Siril Malmedal Hauge - vocals/mandolin. 
Album:  "Vidunderlig" (Kirkelig Kulturverksted 2020)



Seven musicians, seven composers and arrangers and a bunch of horns.
Together they create their own special sound.
The band appeals to a large group of listeners. From the driven jazz listener to those who didn't know they liked jazz. Lively and fresh music, with peculiar lyrics in Norwegian. I joined this ensemble just before the release of the album "Kolibrikamikaze" (Taragot Rec. 2018)

Siril Malmedal Hauge - vocals, flute
Camilla Hole - saxophone
Håkon Hagen Knudsen - saxophones, clarinet
Magnus Murphy Joelson - trombone
Johannes Fosse Solvang - trombone
Morten Stai - double bass
Knut Kvifte Nesheim - drums