1. Ida Jenshus - Live At The Office

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    'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country. With three acclaimed albums under her belt, 2008’s ‘Color of the Sun’, 2010's ‘No Guarantees’ and this autumn’s ‘Someone to Love’, Steinkjer-born/Trondheim-based singer-songwriter Ida Jenshus has been dubbed Norway’s undisputed country-queen. A claim few would dispute given her track record of heavy airplay, numerous TV-appearances and solid sales on the domestic market. In November 2012, Jenshus and her trusted companions paid a visit to the offices of Visit Tronheim, and laid down a string of her trademark mature and intense country/folk-rooted songs – confirming her as one of the genre’s strongest voices. Jenshus’ Live At the Office set-list includes such strong songs as Not for love anymore, Marie (What Happened to the Music?), Someone to Love and Loneliest time of the Year Jenshus’ latest album, ‘Someone to Love’, bears witness of an artist that is continuously striving to explore every nook and cranny of the country genre, leaving the listener with an end result that is utterly rewarding. The album is framed by the opener Once Upon a Time (Part One) and the closing track Once Upon a Time (Part One); in-between lies a proof of an artist that is undergoing a seemingly never-ending musical development. Says Jenshus on the making of ‘Someone to Love’: - It’s a matter of listening to your heart and try to follow its lead. The time had come to challenge myself, and this process led me into new musical landscapes and a renewed sonic realm. At times, my new songs come across as a bit darker, but still, they’re all a product of a musical cornucopia and a playful approach to songwriting. (Producer) Kåre Vestrheim stepped forward and proved to be the man for the task – he helped me to gain trust in myself.

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    • Gammalgrass - Live At The Office

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      Gammalgrass, a folk/bluegrassesque trio made up of Ola Kvernberg (violin/mandolin), Stian Carstensen (accordion/banjo/lapsteel/mandolin/vocals) and Ole Morten Vaagan (double bass) has a clear ambition: to highlight the similarities between Norwegian traditional Gammaldans folk music and American bluegrass tunes. Gammalgrass’ office concert was held in late October 2012 in the town hall of Eidsvoll, multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen’s (of Farmers Market fame) home town. Watch as the spirited trio tears through a set-list that includes tunes Sally Goodin (trad.), Green Day’s Basket case, Jules Massenet’s Meditation and Ola Kvernberg’s own Olaslåtten. 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country.

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      • Knut Reiersrud - Live At The Office

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        Guitarist/vocalist Knut Reiersrud plays a spirited solo performance at the Preus Photo Museum in Horten, Norway as part of MIC Norway and NRK's Live At The Office concert series. 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country. Reiersrud’s music is distinguished by mesmerizing guitar playing, extraordinary diversity and not least by a rare understanding of the cultural background and greater context from which distinct musical expressions spring forth. This understanding is always brought into his artistic activities, as well as into his musical expression itself. Therefore, his project as a whole transcends familiar artistic limitations and constitutes a uniquely rich contribution. Reiersrud’s chief interest and musical identity is, and has always been, the blues. At the age of 18 he impressed his hero Buddy Guy so much that he was instantly invited to Chicago. While there, he was initiated into the essence of the music he had loved for years by some of his favourite performers; a rare experience for a young guitar player from remote Norway. From that point on, Reiersrud has been a fully-fledged blues man. But he soon also established an approach as a constant explorer of all styles and genres he encountered. Notorious for his insatiable curiosity and desire to learn, he has become an almost unrivalled force of diversity in Norwegian music. From the blues and its related American genres, he has widened his scope to include a spectrum of traditional musical expressions, entailing mastery of numerous instruments. He has engaged in Norwegian folk music by exploring the unique sonority and enchantment of traditional string instruments such as the Hardanger fiddle. Reiersrud has a unique ability to unearth deep, shared traits of different traditions and genres, and his music often fuses seemingly disparate expressions – leaving the listener marvelling at how well they work together and how the notes from his guitar seem to be floating between traditions and cultures, carrying one into the other. In this trademark manner, most of his records include some such cultural and geographical interplay. Adding to his own records and the projects he is personally involved in, he is also among the most sought-after studio guitarists in the market, thanks again to his ability to animate each and every note. Key Reiersrud releases includes ‘Roots To Scandinavian Blues’ (1993), ‘Blå koral’ (1991), ‘Footwork’(1994), ‘Klapp’ (1995), ‘Soul of a Man’ (1998), ‘Sweet Showers of Rain’ (2001) and ‘One Drop Is Plenty’ – w/ Mighty Sam McClain (2011). http://www.listento.no/

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        • Katzenjammer - Live At The Office

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          Watch Katzenjammer play an intimate Live At The Office gig at Spotify Norway’s HQ. Setlist ‘Live At The Office’: - Rock Paper Scissors - Mother Superior - Lady Marlene - Land of Confusion - Ain’t No Thang 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country. Super-charismatic quartet Katzenjammer hailing from Oslo, Norway, juggles thirty-odd different instruments between them and have performed at everything from balalaika-infested venues in Murmansk nightclubs and hickory-smoked backyard barbeques in Texas to opening for Keane at the O2 in London. Katzenjammer’s ascent into the spotlight started at the beginning of 2008, when they appeared at the Scandinavian music convention by:Larm in Oslo. Their special blend folk/country/Balkan/ gypsy/ rickety-rock pop (which strangely enough is not as confusing as it sounds) along with the impressive array of 29 (and counting) instruments on which the ladies are self-taught blew away an audience of industry people and journalists. The performance catapulted Katzenjammer into the larger clubs of Norway, including the 1,500-capacity Rockefeller, which they sold out twice in a 90-day period recently. Katzenjammer—Solveig Heilo, Anne Marit Bergheim, Turid Jørgensen and Marianne Sveen—released their debut album Le Pop in Norway in late 2008 to critical praise. One writer described the album as ”a mix between Eastern European folk music, B-52s, the sisters Kate & Anna McGarrigle, seasick bluegrass, country blues and a carnival orchestra on the run.” Le Pop was produced by Kåre Westrheim and Mike Hartung, also known for their work with notable Norwegian artists Marit Larsen and Superfamily. On stage, Katzenjammer displays their own version of musical chairs, the various instruments—including the tuba, the balalaika bass, drums, harmonica, piano, banjo, accordion, mandolin, guitar, melodica and, very efficiently, the aforementioned trumpet—continuously circulating among the four musicians, adding a circus element to the show. The band’s appearance at SXSW last March caught the attention of concert goers and led to confirmed appearances at other US festivals like Summerfest, where they opened for Elvis Costello, and Bonnaroo, where David Byrne invited the ladies to play his stage (the first ever artist-curated stage at Bonnaroo) alongside Santigold, the Dirty Projectos and Dave Byrne and Brian Eno. http://www.katzenjammer.no/ http://www.listento.no/

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          • The Norwegian Radio Orchestra - Live At The Office

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            Shot on location at the Oslo University Hospital’s children’s ward, the 19-musician strong Live At The Office version of the celebrated Norwegian Radio Orchestra put on a stunning performance for the hospital’s young patients and dedicated staff. 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favourite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country.

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            • Valkyrien Allstars - Live At The Office

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              Vibrant folk trio Valkyrien Allstars kicked-off the 2012 Live At The Office concert series earlier this February with a spirited gig featuring such strong tunes as Fyll mitt beger på ny,Det er ingen hverdag mer, Himmel hav, Min Pipa and Jeg tenker på deg. 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country. Valkyrien Allstars – Ola Hilmen, Tuva Livsdatter Syvertsen and Erik Sollid – first met at a fiddle course back in the late 90s. They became friends and after some years decided to move in together and create a 24-7 musical collective. This happened in 2003 and just one year later the three were making their first national appearances in Norway. In Norway Valkyrien Allstars earned the epithet “explosive” the very instant they entered the music scene for real. The band’s eponymous debut from 2007 became something of a byword for whatever is vital and fresh. The amalgam of many genres and emotions was one thing, the youthful energy with which it was all done something else. http://listento.no/

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              • Odd Nordstoga - Live At The Office

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                At a gig held at Oslo’s Agency for Fire and Rescue Services’ HQ, singer/songwriter Odd Nordstoga put on a sterling performance in November 2011 as part of MIC Norway and NRK’s Live At The Office concert series. 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country. Hailing from Vinje in the Telemark region, Odd Nordstoga has been a professional musician for several years, but it is the last two albums that has made him to one of the most selling artists in Norway. His music is mainly based on the folk-rock tradition, but he has made his own local, Nordic variant of it. The philosophy behind the music is to do songs that strongly relate to the beautiful folk-musical tradition at the same time as it has the view to temporary popular music and its ability to communicate with the people of today. http://www.listento.no/

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                • Majorstuen - Live At The Office

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                  Bathed in late autumn sunlight, Majorstuen put on a spirited performance for their stint at the Live At The Office concert series. 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country. The name Majorstuen has come to signify the revival of Norwegian traditional music and its newly-won popular image as a hugely dynamic and forward-looking musical expression. Already with its eponymous 2003 debut album this five-strong fiddle ensemble made it clear that things were changing in the sphere of Norwegian folk. Words like “explosive” and “groundbreaking” had not previously been associated with pure fiddle music, but that was before Majorstuen came along. The members of Majorstuen are still young and they continue to expand their musical horizons in all kinds of other projects. In this way these musicians have contributed to a new dynamic professionalism among traditional musicians: Highly-educated, musically versatile, involved in diverse musical projects and constantly travelling; Majorstuen’s fiddlers represent the new folk musicians of the 21st century. http://www.listento.no

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                  • Ragnhild Hemsing and Hallgrim Hansegård - Live At The Office

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                    Fusing contemporary classical music with folk traditions and cutting-edge dance, violinist Ragnhild Hemsing and dancer Hallgrim Hansegård put down a stunning performance at their Live At The Office concert at The Norwegian Meteorological Institute HQ earlier this autumn. The two performers put on a breathtaking display of acrobatic dance styles and impeccable solo violin playing, performing a set that ranged from such traditional tunes as Lyarlått fra Valdres, Halling på låg bass and Excerpts from Bjarne Brustad’s Fairytale Suite. The closing number was chosen with great care, given the location of the Live At The Office concert held at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute; the Norwegian title of Lasse Thoresen’s key work ‘Yr’ translates as drizzle. 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country. Ragnhild Hemsing comes from a musical background in Norway that includes both traditional Norwegian music and classical training. From the age of five she has played the violin as well as the traditional Hardanger fiddle. The two expressions are completely different, but keeping a foot in both traditions has been very fruitful: her technique and musicality has clearly benefited greatly from it. Charismatic and extrovert dance innovator Hallgrim Hansegård has as front-man of dance troupe Frikar managed to revitalize the image of Norwegian folk dance in the minds of the general public through an athletic and youthful approach to the traditional dance forms. Unquestionably, the Frikar crew is best known to the wider public for their acrobatic displays performed to accompany Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak and his mammoth hit Fairytale. In addition to this high-profile exposure, the Frikar Dance Company has also performed with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and The National Ballets of Norway and Zimbabwe. http://www.listento.no/

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                    • Real Ones - Live At The Office

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                      Shot on location at the Drammen office of one of national railway corporation NSB divisions, Bergen outfit Real Ones gain a horde of new and loyal fans courtesy of their utterly captivating Live At The Office show. 'Live at The Office' is a live concert series presented by the Music Information Centre Norway and NRK, the national Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. For a series of intimate concerts, MIC invites musicians to perform on an unlikely stage for a live concert; the office. Watch intimate video performances of your favorite Norwegian artist, recorded live at MIC’s Oslo office or in selected locations throughout the country. For nearly a decade Real Ones have been perfecting their art and execution rather than opting for quick fixes. And they stand forth as a band almost like no other; they are simply so overwhelmingly professional. And this mastery of execution opens up for the music itself in a way most performers cannot achieve. When the con-cert is something completely mastered, then the art itself stands forth, both in the songs themselves but also in the form of leeway for personal virtuousness. Real ones bring to the stage what most bands have to confine to the studio, i.e., delivering the exact music they want to convey, giving the audience the real thing, merging ‘real’ as in live, with ‘real’ as in the essence of their music. The Bergen outfit expertly combine notions of Irish folk, American west coast harmonies, eastern twang, and progressive pop a la Flaming Lips and Mars Volta. And all through their diverse output runs this loyalty to the basic concept of played music, and real instruments. Their name in a way says it all: This is the real thing, songs that draw you in, lights up the whole listening space and also lets the mind wonder. Like all great songs do. http://realones.no/ http://www.listento.no/

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