The new album Forvandling (Norwegian for Change or Transformation) was released a couple of weeks ago and has been receiving rave reviews in the Norwegian press. This is Solfrid’s third album, and the second that I’ve been part of (I also played on Katedral for tapte drømmer in 2011). It features some of my absolute favourite musicians – bassist Mats Eilertsen, violinist/fiddle player Nils Økland and his brother Torbjørn Økland on guitar. One of the tracks also includes vocalist Paal Flaata.
When we recorded Forvandling back in February, I was between other gigs and in fact had to travel back to Oslo for this specifically. The whole process was quick and spontaneous, we spent two whole days carving out arrangements and recording them on the fly. The atmosphere was really relaxed and I think this comes through in the end result. Another great thing about this album was the opportunity to work with producer Erik Hillestad and the sound engineer Martin Abrahamsen. Erik has produced countless albums for his record company Kirkelig Kulturverksted and really knows when to get involved and when to just let the music flow.
Next week we’ll be playing three release concerts, the first being in Jakobskirka in Oslo where the album was recorded. Next, we’ll be in Haugesund which is Solfrid’s home area, before finishing up in Førde where my wife has some family. I hope to see you at one of them!
Wednesday, October 19th – Jakobskirka, Oslo
Friday, October 21st – Kulturnatt, Haugesund
Sunday October 23rd – Førde Kirke, Førde (Folkjazzscena)
For a full list of my concerts check out my events page