WHO: Vocal Quartet Trolldom
WHAT: Concert tour in the U.S.
WHEN: June 10th June 27th 2004.
WHERE: Western North Dakota / Minnesota
The Norwegian vocal quartet Trolldom will perform at
various venues throughout Minnesota and North Dakota this June.Maria
Jardardottir, Therese Ulvan, Cecilie Giskemo and Kari Nergaard
Bleivik make up the group that was established in England in
2002. They mainly perform original music written and arranged
by the members who met through music studies at Leeds College
"In a world of soulless, synthetic pop it's refreshing
to come across young artists with genuine musical talent. The
ladies of the vocal group Trolldom are such individuals, blending
impeccably composed originals, timeless Jazz classics, and tuneful
Norwegian Folk songs into their own unique sound," said
singer/songwriter Alex Schaetzing. "Their angelic vocal
harmonies, friendly interaction with the audience and display
of sheer musical ability makes for a memorable evening each and
every time they perform."
Each member of Trolldom brings a strong individual persona
that combines for a unique vocal texture and extremely diverse
sound that represents a versatile mix of influences and styles.
"We sort of overlap each others qualities and inferiorities
so well. We are four very strong personalities with so much in
common yet so many differences, and the balance of all these
ingredients blends very well." Said Maria.
Maria is finishing her third year of studies in jazz
music in a program that is built strongly on performance and
composition. She studies Indian improvisation in addition to
jazz improvisation and free improvisation and plans to pursue
a Master of Jazz course.
Cecilie has a BA in jazz studies and is currently working
on a Masters in contemporary music and arts at Dartington College
of Music, South England. Her interests, which include painting
and performing arts, are very much interpreted in her work.
Kari recently completed a very diverse education graduating
with a Masters in advanced jazz studies. She currently works
as a singer and vocals tutor at the music college. In addition
to her travel and performance with Trolldom she is also part
of an electric duo called Sonic Stories.
Therese is about to finish her Bachelor Degree majoring
in Jazz Music. Her course of study included emphasis on performing
arts with workshops by jazz artists Tina May and Lee Gibson.
She spent her time as a student performing at various venues
throughout Europe and giving vocal lessons.
Trolldom's diverse blend of training and education blends
nicely with the member's personalities to give them ability to
touch diverse audiences. "We have enough material to make
every concert special to fit the audience." Said Therese.
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Trolldom vocal quartet was established in Leeds in England
2002 where the four Norwegian members, Therese Ulvan, Kari Nergaard
Bleivik, Cecilie Giskemo and Maria Jardardottir met through music
studies at Leeds College of Music.
Trolldom means magic in Norwegian and together their
voices are magic! Their repertoire represents a versatile mix
of influences and music styles:
) Trolldom performs original music written and arranged
by the members of the group. Each member has their very own sound
that, put together, creates a unique vocal texture and in a varied
collection of compositions.
) They sing traditional folk tunes from Norway and Sweden
incorporating the passion and temperament from traditional music.
) Trolldom loves contemporary and traditional vocal jazz
- with sources from the swing era all the way up to today's multifunctional
vocal techniques and timbres.
) and lastly ... classical church sonorities related to
Trolldom's style is to employ improvisation to all of
their music, derived from both jazz and folk music, as well as
During the summer 2003 Trolldom toured in Norway with
great success. They had concerts at:
- Molde International Jazz Festival: with several concerts,
live performance and interview with Knut Borge through NRK P2
- Hoppsjødagene Festival at Hitra outside Trondheim:
with concerts in Hitra Kirke (Hitra Church) and at Hoppsjøbrygga
(The Hoppsjø Harbour).
- Kristiansund Kystkulturfestival (Kristiansund Coast Culture
Festival): outdoor opening concert of the festival.
Trolldom's future plans:
- In the end of November 2003, Trolldom recorded material
for their first cd release, due out in the winter of 2004.
- The quartet is booked to tour Germany during the spring
time 2004, with focus on Berlin as their main region.
- In the summer of 2004 they have booked their first American
tour. So far their tour includes Nisswa-stämman in Nisswa,
Minnesota, a community performance in Fergus falls, Mn, the Scandinavian
Hjemkomst Festival in Moorhead, Mn and an appearance in Grand
- In September 2004 they will return to the USA to perform
at the Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota, In conjunction
with that performance they are also booking concerts in Chicago
and the surrounding area.