Dokkhuset / March 7, 2020 @ 20:30 / TICKETS


Piece commissioned by inaGRM, first performed with the Acousmonium at La Maison de la Radio France, in June 2019. All of the sounds in the piece are generated live from the trumpet, and live processed and spatialized on stage.

Photo: Espen Koen Webjørnsen

Norwegian Hilde Marie Holsen has carved out something very particular and niche in music. Processing her trumpet in the electronic realm, she blends the mournful tone of the brass instrument with the explorative field of electronic music to make music that lists somewhere between jazz, the contemporary and drone music. Holsen’s music has unpicked the frayed boundaries of traditions, calling in a new generation of artists that abandoned stale and repetitive conventions in favour of establishing something unique, in the realms of contemporary music.

Holsen’s debut album «Ask» was released on the Norwegian label Hubro in 2015, and hit the shelves with critical acclaim from amongst others The Guardian, The Wire and The Quietus. Since then, she’s gone on to perform on a number of world stages, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians, while also continuing her work in the recorded field. In 2018, Holsen followed up with her second solo album, «Lazuli», also released on Hubro, and was claimed to be «an almost shockingly complete musical statement».

Hilde Marie Holsen has played at numerous festivals and venues such as Punkt festival (NO), Ultima Contemporary Music Festival (NO), 12Points (Ir/Es), OsloJazz (NO), Rewire (NL) and London Jazz Festival (UK), as well as toured in Europe with concerts in a.o. Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, France and Germany, both as a solo artist and together with musicians and bands such as FOOD, Morten Qvenild, Maja S.K. Ratkje, Sarah-Jane Summers, Lynn Cassiers, Samuel Rohrer, Silent Fires and Bilayer.

Hilde Marie Holsen has also had the chance to work with different commissions; in 2017 she worked with two commission pieces for two different festivals – Ultima Contemporary Music Festival and Førdefestivalen. Holsen has also composed music for art movies, and in 2019 she composed and performed a piece with the Acousmonium at inaGRM, Paris.

Header photo: Ruben Olsen