AKKU5 artist

Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer from Norway is an expressive singer with a big range of soundcolors in her voice, and she uses tones from more than 5 octaves. Her musical language has its source in both classical and ethnic traditions, and she works with exploring vocal combinations of these. As a freelance singer and vocal experimentalist she gives concerts and voice performances in Norway and throughout Europe as a soloist, with Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra the quintet AKKU, the pianist Helge Lien, and other bands. Several composers have written music especially for her. She also worked with musicians as Marilyn Mazur, Agnes Buen Garnås, Isak Anderssen and Bendik Hofseth. She gives regulary lessons at the Academy of Music in Oslo, and at the Ole Bull Academy of Folkmusic. The Norwegian artist and singer Elfi Sverdrup uses multiple expressions as she both sings and makes art, mainly body jewelry. Since 1977 she has been working with several northern vokal traditions: Norwegian folk singing, throat singing from Northern Canada and Tuva, and Sami joik, working with the best masters of the different traditions. The last years her main focus has been making improvisations mixing the different styles. She is performing solo and cooperating with several musicians, singing in the trio AKKU, the quintet AKKU5 and the quartet Gränslösa. Through the years she has had lots of performances in Norway, but also in Finland, Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Turkey, Kroatia, Italy and Bosnia.   Lars Andreas Haug has worked as a jazz tuba player since the early 1990's and has been involved in a number of recordings, including his two solo albums Vinterfjøs and Fabatune. He has toured worldwide with his tuba. From the desert in Siwa, via New Delhi and Tokyo to most countries in Europe. His latest project is La band contents music based on the best of his more than 300 compositions. He is also member of the Steffen Schorn's polyrythmical jazzband Universe of Possibilities, the ECM jazzband Trygve Seim Ensemble, the ethnic experimental quintet AKKU, and the progrockband SOT . He has gained great success as a tuba player because of his groovy and melodic playing, but also because he is playing the tuba in many different ways - like singing in the instrument and making exciting overtones. Knut Aalefjær studied classical percussion on the norwegian state Academy of Music 1993-1997 and has since then worked whithin all genres. Until 2004 he played much classical and modern chamber music. The last five years he has spent more time on rhythmical music such as the world music artist Kristin Asbjoernsen. From 1998 he is a member of the internationally known Helge Lien Trio. He does freelance gigs for everything between Black Metal and Pling Plong. He has participated on several CDs. Grzech Piotrowski from Poland is a saxophone player, musical producer, arranger, with his own label: Alchemic Records and one of the more interesting personages on the Polish music scene.   He is balancing on the edge of jazz, folk, new impressionism and film music, and a winner of many prestigious awards, for example Grand Prix Hoilaart Jazz Festival 1998.   His music is deeply rooted in the Polish tradition, Eastern and Balkan folk and in classical music. He runs his own orchestra Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, with soloists as: Marcin Wasilewski, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyer, Terje Isungset, Theodosii Spassov, Bulgarian Voices Angelite, Bram Stadhouders, Marcel Comendant and Sinikka Langeland. Grzech also cooperates, among others, with: Sainkho Namtchylak, Arild Andersen, Jon Christensen, Jorn Simen Overli and the Karuzela Group.