SPOT Festival

Ser veldig fram til å opptre på SPOT Festival i Aarhus 3/5!

Skal framføre tre sanger med fullt strykeorkester, arrangert av fantastiske Mette Dahl Kristensen, fra Who Killed Bambi?. Deler scenen med Søren Huss og Mariam the Believer.SPOT Festival

Fra festivalens hjemmeside: «Projektet tæller udover de tre prominente sangere også den grafiske designer Michael Hansen, 30-40 konservatoriestuderende og dirigenten for Danmarks Ungdomsensemble, Morten Ryelund. Derudover vil et mindre filmhold, en fotograf og en lydtekniker dokumentere koncerten på SPOT.»

Takk, Øya!

Tusen takk for meg, Øya! Var helt fantastisk å få spille for dere i gnistrende solskinn på fredag.

Siri Nilsen, Øya Festival Oslo 2012

Anmeldelsene sa bl.a:

5/6 «Hun får vist fram hvilken nydelig stemme hun har, og spesielt på «Stille Vann» imponerer hun stort. Vi har bare sett starten på det som kan bli en riktig bra artist.» Eirik Aimar Engebretsen, Aftenposten

4/6 «Siri Nilsen er allerede i ferd med å meisle ut sin helt egen, personlige stil – en fascinerende krysning av melankolsk, sårbar sødme og indre styrke, alt konkretisert via enkle og direkte, men gode tekster og et lydbilde som aldri ligger midt i gata…«Hvor skal du gå» spør Siri Nilsen avslutningsvis etter en liten, men svært hyggelig time denne fredags formiddagen.
Svaret er enkelt; videre fremover, med hevet hode.» Stein Østbø, VG

«Det er noe naturlig og utilgjort ved hele henne enten hun synger eller snakker. Den samme åpenheten preger musikken hennes. Enkle, men overbevisende arrangementer og iørefallende melodier åpner for at vi som publikum kan vie tekstene hennes fullt fokus. Og tekst er noe Siri Nilsen virkelig kan.» Linnéa Haug, AktiviOslo

4/6 «Siri Nilsen har et eget blikk for de slående enkle tekstformuleringene, på samme måte bygger hun opp låtene rundt oppfinnsomme rytmefigurer og original instrumentering. Låtene utvikler seg fra plate til scene, uten å miste særpreg, tvert imot: Siri Nilsen høres stadig mer ut som seg selv.» Bernt Erik Pedersen, Dagsavisen

Uncut og Clash

En flott anmeldelse i det engelske musikkbladet Uncut!

Siri Nilsen rewiev in British Uncut music magazine

 

og et intervju om «the Norwegian invasion» i Clash.

Her er et utdrag:

«Of course, success in the UK comes with a caveat – that is, to make it in the mono-lingual British market, you must sing in English. Successful Norwegian artists such as Ana Garbarak, Silje Nes, Susanna Wallumrød , Hukkelberg and Hval all record predominantly in English. Cue the arrival of Siri Nilsen, alt-folk artist who refuses to bend to this convention and whose last album was recorded almost entirely in Norwegian:

“When I was younger, I missed being able to hear music from my own time in my own language, so it felt natural for me to start writing my songs in Norwegian. I feel that I can express more nuances in the language I use in my everyday life. Some people might say that Norwegian is not a very musical language, but I think that’s an advantage, as it lets me concentrate more on the meaning of the words rather than on the sounds themselves. I think each language has its own way of being poetic. And I think Norwegian is very beautiful in its own way.”

Despite awed reviews from those sections of the British press brave enough to take on the album, Alle Snakker Sant (‘They All Speak The Truth’), Nilsen is pragmatic about finding success outside of Norway: “There are still a few more people speaking English than Norwegian in the world, oddly enough! But I’ve been surprised to see interest from all corners of the world, though, so maybe it’s not impossible to have an audience outside of Norway.”

For Nilsen, it is a particular combination of the environmental and the social that is responsible for the recent burst of creativity in her native land: “We have long, dark, cold winters, so either you get depressed or you write songs – or both. And a lot of people go out to concerts to listen to live music. We have a very high ratio of concerts in relation to our small population…the scene is very diverse. I do think there’s a sense of young Norwegian musicians forming a new identity now, being more confident in their own voice and style. There’s a lot happening.”

There certainly is, and one of the striking things about what’s happening, from a British perspective, is how it seems to be spearheaded by women. Is this true?

“There are many interesting male musicians as well! Like Jens Carelius, Kråkesølv, Jarle Bernhoft, Lidolido and so on. But it might be a reaction to a long period of time when there were very few women appearing as solo artists in Norway. I know that I missed music to identify with when I was younger, and that’s why I started to write my own. Probably other Norwegian women did as well.”

Interesting times indeed. It seems that a growing avant-garde scene in Norway and burgeoning confidence among female artists has dovetailed with a growing appetite in the UK for music that isn’t ‘easy’ or instantly accessible. Having grown accustomed to hearing music entirely in English, it might be time to realise just how much we’re missing out on. Perhaps we Brits are finally ready to be invaded.

Words by Theresa Heath»