Blog entry 19th of January 2012
A new year - a fresh start!
I have decided that I will quite promising to write more often, maybe then I'm actually going to do it... The autumn went by in a spin, like a whirlwind! Suddenly Christmas was upon me and I completely dived into the holiday season with no thoughts of work what so ever (yeah - really! Not easy, but for once I managed to do so...)
So many things have happened since I last wrote a blog post, and I will not use this space to guide you chronologically through all my performances, but I would still like to mention some of them.
Living in a bus with tenThing for two weeks is definitely worth mentioning! We all felt like real rock stars, having our very own bunk bed on the top floor in our jumbo cruiser double decker bus... Very glamorous! (do you hear the irony in my voice?) Even though we lived like a proper rock band and played concerts (and had master classes and work shops) every single day, we turned more and more into a real ladies club. By the end of the tour everyone was knitting, shopping only exercise outfits and running shoes, not to mentioned we actually used the stuff we bought and went for a run almost every day. No drinking, no smoking... What a thrill for our tour manager (male) and light/video guy (also male), they thought ten girls would be fun!
The countries I got to visit autumn 2011 were Italy, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland,
United Kingdom, Monaco and not to mention so many great places in Norway I had not been before. This is one of the real privileges in my job, I get payed to visit new and wonderful places around the world!
Right now I'm in Belgium, preparing for my first concerts of 2012. This Spring will take me to many new (and old) places, among them Canada, United States, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, China, Ukraine, Germany... :) it's going to be a good spring (I hope)!
One absolutely thrilling experience that started this autumn and will continue throughout the spring of 2012 is the release on my very first album for EMI Classics. It's called Storyteller and it's a collection of songs written originally for the voice. I play with the amazing (I do love them) Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with conductor Eivind Aadland and I also have Håvard Gimse( the one and only!) with me on the disc. It's already released in Scandinavia and Germany/Switzerland/Austria, and will be released in the rest of the world this year. Look out for it!
Well, that's all for now. I have to get back to my practicing.
All the best from the road,