Sigurd Hole is a norwegian bass player and composer from Rendalen living in Oslo. Constantly touring and recording alongside some of Norways finest jazz musicians, he is one of Norways most sought after bass players of his generation. "Hole possesses a deep-in-the-gut tone not unlike Arild Andersen" (John Kelman, allaboutjazz.com), and often works with music relating somehow to norwegian folk music combined with elements from contemporary jazz. His main projects are Eple Trio, different projects with Karl Seglem and most recently: Tord Gustavsen quartet. Sigurd is also a skilled arranger, his arrangements being played by amongst others the Norwegian radio orchestra (Kork). In addition to his artistic work Sigurd teaches double bass and ensembles at the Norwegian Academy of Music.
This review of Eple Trios "Universal Cycle" just came in from swedish magazine LIRA. Excerpt in english: "Hole changes neatly between arco and pizzicato playing. At times so beautiful it is almost painful - as in the bass solo on Tipplers Insomnia (arco), where the notes changes into overtones in a way that nearly resembles a human voice cracking up. It´s fragile, vulnerable and brilliant."
So happy to be the winner of Forsberg and Aulies grant 2014! The grant is 100 000 kr, and will be used for focusing amongst other things on my own solo recording in 2015. An honour to accept this grant as the first jazz musician ever, following last years winner Vilde Frang and earlier winners such as Håvard Gimse and Wolfgang Plagge.
It just became official that I am the new bass player in Tord Gustavsen quartet! Very excited about that. Following great bass players Mats Eilertsen and Harald Johnsen it will not be an easy spot to fill, but I will do my best to keep the continuity in their ideas growing while approaching the music bringing whatever I can of my own identity into the band. A couple of weeks ago I made my first tour with the quartet, 7 flights in 3 days brought us to Bielsko Blava (Poland), Antalya (Turkey) and Sibiu (Romania).