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“12 musicians across all genres - where jazz, folk, and electronica merges to an elevated entity.”

- ERLING WICKLUND, NRK P2

 

“Attention please: This is contemporary music with bells on. Fabulous arrangements that Gil Evans surely would stir in his grave to hear better.”

- ROALD HELGHEIM, DAGSAVISEN

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“Highly creative - I'd love to hear this band live! ...The performance bursts with playfulness, voltage, watts and I don't know what.”

- PER IVAR HENRIKSBØ, GUDBRANDSDØLEN

 

“12 musicians across all genres - where jazz, folk, and electronica merges to an elevated entity.”

- ERLING WICKLUND, NRK P2

 

“Mathilde Grooss Viddal creates free-spirited contemporary music full of improvisation and freewheeling elements, in which each of the band members are featured equally. The result is extremely powerful music that takes its cue from open-mindedness and the sheer joy of playing.”

- KJELL MOE, NORDLYS

 

“Artistry here is set free, with no concessions being made in the hope of mass appeal or commercial radio play. This is raw, wild and ill-mannered jazz with no restrictions or rules, the way free jazz was meant to be.”

- GUDBRANDSDØLEN DAGNINGEN (GD)

 

“Attention please: This is contemporary music with bells on. Fabulous arrangements that Gil Evans surely would stir in his grave to hear better.”

- ROALD HELGHEIM, DAGSAVISEN

 

Fantastically good music that ranges over large spectres, from the free-flowing and intense to the lyrical and soothing.

- STEPHEN FEIGENBAUM, WAYSIDE MUSIC, USA

 

“This is modern and vibrant music composed for large ensemble, deftly arranged with both power and energy.”

TERJE MOSNES, DAGBLADET

 

 

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LINKS

 

Giraffa Records - www.giraffa.no

 

Mathilde Grooss Viddal - www.mgviddal.com

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UNDERGROOVE

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Mathilde Grooss Viddal

 

Mathilde Grooss Viddal Bandleader, Saxophones,

Bass Clarinet

Dag Stiberg

Saxophones

Kari Rolland

Saxophones

Børge-Are Halvorsen

Saxophones

Gunnar Halle

Trumpet

Per Willy Aaserud

Trumpet

Øyvind Brække

Trombone

Britt Pernille Frøholm

Hardanger Fiddle

Tellef Kvifte

Laptop, Electronics, Keyboard

Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen

Guitars

Eivind Henjum

Electric Bass

Ivar Loe Bjørnstad

Drums

 

Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug live at Nasjonal Jazzscene, Oslo.

5. November 2009

 

Cover Art: Christine Istad

 

COME CLOSER

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Mathilde Grooss Viddal

 

Mathilde Grooss Viddal

Bandleader, Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Bass Clarinet

Dag Stiberg

Alto & Baritone Saxophones

Kari Rolland

Alto & Baritone Saxophones

Børge-Are Halvorsen

Alto & Baritone Saxophones

Eivind Lønning

Trumpet

Gunnar Halle

Trumpet

Trude Eick

French Horn

Øyvind Brække

Trombone

Britt Pernille Frøholm

Hardanger Fiddle, Electronics

Tellef Kvifte

Laptop, Electronics,

Sopranino Saxophone

Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen

Guitars

Eivind Henjum

Electric Bass

Terje Engen

Drums

 

Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug live at Belleville, Oslo.

9. September 2007

 

Cover Art: Karin Køltzow

HOLDING BALANCE

Mathilde Grooss Viddal

Chateau Neuf Fri Ensemble

 

Mathilde Grooss Viddal

Bandleader, Soprano & Tenor Saxophones, Bass Clarinet

Kjell Asbjørn Bunæs

Flute

Tellef Kvifte

Alto Saxophone, Taragot

Dag Stiberg

Alto & Baritone Saxophones

Kari Rolland

Alto & Baritone Saxophones

Harald F Bugge

Tenor Saxophone

Silje Systad

Trumpet

Ida Tveiten

Trumpet

Are Reichelt Føreland

Trumpet

Bård Melhus

Trumpet

Elizabeth B Dahl

Trombone

Kai Braaten

Trombone

Joachim Pihl

Trombone

Kjetil Myhre

Bass Trombone

Gunvald Hagen

Piano

Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen

Guitars

Eivind Henjum

Electric Bass

Inge Tokstad

Drums

 

Marianne Natvig

Vocals on In A Dream

Trude Eick

French Horn on Drone

Øyvind Brække

Trombone on Vals

 

Recorded by Jan Erik Kongshaug in Rainbow Studio, Oslo.

25. April 2004

 

Cover Art: Jørgen Maristuen / Ståle Skogstad

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24 photos from the recording of UNDERGROOVE | All images © 2009 Andreas Ulvo

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