Building Instruments on tour April & October 2016

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Available April & October 2016

Building Instrument

The trio Building Instrument from Norway will release their second album on the wonderful label HUBRO 22. April 2016. This will be celebrated through a series of release concerts April-September 2016.

The trio Building Instrument is a band that has taken plenty of time to distil its essence into a distinctive mode of expression. This is a rare quality in our modern day, whose underlying mantra is that everything must happen NOW. The trio finally released their first album in 2014, six years after the group was established, and expectations were high. The concerts they have presented have made a lasting impression on many audience members. After one concert the Irish Times wrote: “[I]t’s a pleasure to discover their creativity and cheerfully aggressive attitude to music … It’s exciting to watch, very accessible and highly emotive.”

Mari Kvien Brunvoll (voice, div.electronics, percussion, zither)
Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (drums, percussion)
Åsmund Weltzien (div. synths)


Booked shows in 2016:
22 april - Trondheim Dokkhuset
23 april - Nasjonal Jazzscene Oslo
25 april - Lyd, Haugesund
30 april - Bergen Jazzforum, Østre.
21. or 22. juli - Moldejazz.

Vocalist Mari Kvien Brunvoll from Molde is singing in Norwegian on this project, and is even using her local Molde dialect. She has been described as “an exceptional talent” by pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, who released her first solo album on his Jazzland label. The album was nominated for a Spellemannspris (Norwegian Grammy) in the open category. Her second album, also nominated in the same category, presented her duo collaboration with Stein Urheim, another HUBRO artist. The song “Everywhere You Go”, from her solo album, earned her a new, large audience when the ubiquitous musician and DJ Ricardo Villalobos discovered the song and created a long and inspired remix of it. Mari has toured extensively as a solo artist, and has a unique ability to fire up an audience.

The trio began to play together in Bergen in 2008, and their original idea was to explore electronic music. This project was quickly abandoned in favour of a more acoustic and home-grown focus. The members of the trio have now found their own self-defined niche within a genre that could be described as a no-man’s-land. Their material is largely improvised and playfully invented as an ensemble. One of the trio’s most striking features is their mastery of the arts of both self-restraint and boldly letting everything loose. The musical leaps taken by the trio seem to be entirely seamless, from catchy rhythms through freely improvised sections to emotionally charged melodies.