Siril & Alf
Siril Malmedal Hauge and Alf Hulbækmo started playing together in 2011. They have different musical backgrounds, but studied together at the jazzdepartement in Trondheim, Norway. The duo has performed a lot in Norway, but also abroad at concerts at festivals, clubs and cafes, even though the lyrics are in Norwegian. Former Frank Zappa keyboardist Tommy Mars described the music as "original and brave" after hearing the duo at the Molde Jazz Festival summer 2014.
In 2016 they released their debut album "Jeg Går og Drømmer" at Athletic Sound Recordings. This album is inspired by the poems of Norwegian poet Nils Yttri (1947-1980) from Drammen. He was a visual artist and lyricist who managed to release two poetry collections before he died 33 years old. Nils Yttri is unknown to many, but has been praised by other Norwegian lyricist like Lars Saabye Christensen and Jan Erik Vold, and is honored by several authors.
Alf Hulbækmo has written melodies on Yttri's poetry. These, and some original material by the duo, are performed with the beautiful freedom that occurs in a duo made by only voice and piano; a freedom that gives playspace for the two musicians! The poems has free shapes and uses figuratively images that takes the compositions in many exciting directions; Here we meet the street dog, the boxer and the dandelion ... Og blyantspisseren som får en tykk klump i halsen sin hver gang den utfører en rutineoperasjon...
All lyrics in Norwegian.
The duo are now touring for "Den Kulturelle Skolesekken" with the performance "Siril & Alf: EN ER EN OG TO ER TO" for high school and secondary school - students, where they have made music of some of the traditional Norwegian poetry, and where they also make music over the poems that the students have made.
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