SIRIL MALMEDAL HAUGE
Siril Malmedal Hauge's solo project. This project has released two albums as well as played concerts at most jazz festivals and clubs in Norway's nooks and crannies. The music is inspired by genres like folk, pop and jazz, all melted together in a world of captivating melodies, steady riffs, honest texts and piquant arrangements.
Siril Malmedal Hauge - vocal
Martin Myhre Olsen - alto sax
Torgeir Hovden Standal - guitar
Kjetil Mulelid - piano
Martin Morland - bass
Henrik Lødøen- drums
Here is some info about the two albums:
Slowly, Slowly - (Jazzland recordings, May 7 2021)
"Siril Malmedal Hauge follows up her acclaimed album "Uncharted Territory" with a collection of songs that demonstrate she is an artist of astounding complexity and sophistication, musically adventurous without sacrificing the simple pleasures of traditional song forms, lyrically inquisitive and meditative, and vocals that drift and glide or soar and swoop according to the currents of the music. Songs explore many themes, not least reconnection with one's place in the world - and which kind of world that is, or should be. Nature, love, tenderness, transcendence, hope, speculation, remembrance, the erotic and the sacred all find their places within the fabric of "Slowly, Slowly". Musically, the album runs the gamut from raucous funky blues to tender minimal jazz arrangements that drip with atmosphere, from whimsical staccato percussive clap-alongs to dark ballads. The textures come from everything from hip-hop to cool jazz to country music and folk, all blended to perfection. We already knew that Siril Malmedal Hauge was an exceptional talent, but with "Slowly, Slowly" she has not only consolidated that, but made it bulletproof." - Jazzland
Uncharted Territory (Jazzland recordings, February 1 2019)
The first album "Uncharted territory" is a blend of pop energy and accessibility with jazz, and singer-songwriter sensibilities, bursting with melodic freshness. Featuring Siril's beautiful, clear and expressive voice, the songs balance commercial exuberance with intelligence, both musically and lyrically. Themes both weighty and feather-light are given the appropriate treatments and settings. The moods are many, with variations of light and shade, but a sense of positivity glistens from every song. The instrumentation is broadly that of a classic rock ensemble, with relaxed but skilful playing and an old-school vibe to the recording process that eliminates the digitally quantized dehumanizing aspects of so many releases this past number of years. Consequently, the resulting album is an organic musical entity, with every song, every phrase, and every note as alive as it should be.
© Kjetil Mulelid