Excerpt: «The pieces on the album are beautiful, the sense of timing and drama is strong, and Hole´s sound - with lasersight intonation and a haze of overtones - is gorgeous»
My solo debut album "Elvesang" was released January 19th 2018 to great reviews in both Norwegian and international press:
"... an album of profound beauty"
(John Kelman, allaboutjazz.com)
"Vulnerable, naked and intense"
(Eivind Strømstad, Hamar Arbeiderblad)
"Einen überaus kreativen solist"
(Klaus Halama, Sound-and-image.de)
You can listen to a couple of samples from the album on this page. To buy the album, see below.
In my solo work I focus on exploring the unique possibilities to create different sounds and textures on the double bass. The double bass has a rich and dynamic colour palette - from small, light percussive sounds to deep, growling roars. Some of the sounds can be both very soft or loud acoustically, whilst others have a more limited dynamical potential. Therefore, both in playing techniques and also in different amplifying methods / microphone placements, I search for the most useful ways to "orchestrate" the double bass as a solo instrument in order to achieve my musical ambitions.
The music in my solo work is always improvised, with a greater or lesser degree of planning / pre-composing. I find great inspiration in exploring the sounds from both Norwegian and other kinds of traditional music such as the sound of the Japanese Shakuhachi flute. However, in my work I do not try to imitate or copy directly the original music itself. Working with, amongst other things, overtones and mulitphonics, I rather try to implement some of it´s timbral characteristics into my own music.
Elvesang reviewed in JazzJapan & LIRA
Two nice reviews of Elvesang, one from Japan and one from Sweden.
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Review of "Vindu" from The Vigeland Museum in German magazine Bonedo
"Vindu" from the Vigeland concert featured on BassTheWorld .com - 10K + views in one week!
Norwegian bassist Sigurd Hole takes you on an incredibly sound journey, playing his composition "Vindu".
Watch Part 1-5 on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sihole1
Elvesang reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni!
"Beautiful and masterful" - Elvesang warmly and thoroughly reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni for Salt peanuts.
Elvesang reviewed by John Kelman
"...an album of profound beauty" 4/5
In-depth review of Elvesang by John Kelman, written for allaboutjazz.com. Excerpt below, read the whole review at
«A wooden church may, for some, be far from an ideal recording facility, but it was clearly the perfect place for Hole to shape Elvesang. The intrusion of outside sounds, ranging from thunder and bird sounds to gentle rain on the roof, only add to the album's overall nature-driven ambiance, made all the more so by the room's lovely natural reverb. It may be a bold move for Hole to make his first release under his own name a solo bass record, but even when it reaches beyond melody to more adventurous texture and color, Elvesang is an album of profound beauty and, more often than not, calming quietude. A recording that trades nuanced, delicate evocations for the merely obvious, Elvesang is all the more impressive—and captivating—for it.»
"Elvesang" reviewed in Sound-and-image.de
Nice review of Elvesang from Germany! "..einen überaus kreativen solist, der sein Instrument wie kaum ein zweiter zu handhaben versteht" - Klaus Halama
Interview with Terje Mosnes
On the road, 10 solo concerts with "Elvesang". Interview with Norwegian jazz writer Terje Mosnes today (19.01):