Sigurd Hole is a Norwegian composer and musician (double bass), focusing his work on the dialogue between composition and improvisation in a musical landscape where other sounds besides those of musical instruments and humans may occur as vital parts of the music itself. This results in a unique musical world that more and more people are turning their ears towards, both at home and abroad. His music recently found its way to Carnegie Hall, and he has received strong reviews both for his solo and ensemble albums in media such as the The New York Times, DownBeat and BBC3. In May 2022 he was awarded the prestigious German Record Critics' Award (Preis der deutschen Shallplattenkritik) for his latest album “Roraima”.
Sigurd has been a vital part of the Norwegian music scene for the past decade, both in jazz ensembles like Tord Gustavsen trio and Eple Trio, and through his work related to Norwegian folk music with musicians like Karl Seglem and Eli Storbekken. Composing has always been an important part of his expression as an artist, and he has written music for ensembles ranging from small duos and trios to orchestras like The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) throughout his career.
After extensive touring world-wide for many years, Sigurd decided to slow things down a bit and return to the core of his interest in music: exploring the rich timbral spectrum of the double bass, from high-pitched harmonics on the brink of what the human ear might hear to the deep, dark roars of rumbling strings.
These double bass explorations resulted in the solo bass album “Elvesang” (2018), recorded in an old wooden church close to where he grew up in Rendalen, Norway. The album received world-wide critical acclaim in a wide range of media, far beyond expectations for something as unusual as a solo album with free improvised music performed on the largest and most a-typical solo instrument of the string family. In February 2020 came the sequel to “Elvesang”, the monumental "Lys / Mørke" - a solo bass double album close to 80 minutes long recorded outdoors on the arctic islands of Fleinvær in Northern Norway. The album was premiered in Carnegie Hall, and was listed on several Best of 2020-lists like DownBeat´s “Top Rated albums of 2020” alongside recordings by Chick Corea, Keith Jarret and others.
In February 2022 Sigurd released his most recent album “Roraima”. "Roraima" was commissioned by Oslo World for the festival in 2020, and reflects themes such as solidarity and ecological vulnerability. The work draws inspiration from the creation myth of the Yanomami people and the sound of the Amazon rainforest, and also includes field recordings of the Amazon biophony by US soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause. The ensemble features Trygve Seim, Frode Haltli, Helga Myhr, Tanja Orning, Håkon Aase, Per Oddvar Johansen and the composer himself.
In a time when the noise of humanity threatens to overwhelm and destroy the very habitat in which they live, examining every aspect of human interaction with the external world seems to be of grave importance. At the core of Sigurd´s work both as musician and composer is an ambitious and ever-present curiosity towards the medium of sound and a deep fascination for the conscious act of listening. This foundation manifests itself in an explorative attitude towards music as such, examining what music can be, different ways of experiencing music, and ultimately how we as humans interact with music and other sounds and how this interaction might teach us something about listening in a wider sense.
A GLIMPSE AT CURRENT CREATIVE OUTPUT
(here, a brief glimpse into whatever is presently being created will be shared from time to time)
November 21st, 2022: currently composing new pieces for solo double bass to be premiered next year as part of the project "Interobjective soundscapes". I am planning several concerts in art galleries around Norway where the scores, a combination of traditional notation and different graphic elements ranging from geometric figures to actual objects like a leaf, will be displayed in the gallery before, during and after the concert.
Personal info & experience
|Sigurd Hole||13/07 1981||Elverum|
Albums as band member
|Roraima, Large ensemble||2022|
|Lys / Mørke, Solo||2020|
|Encounters , Trio||2018|
|Bak Jorda Ein Plass, Jon Eberson Group||2017|
|Fabel, Eli Storbekken / Sigurd Hole||2016|
|Skoddeheimen, Other projects||2014|
|Jorba, Other projects||2013|
|The Coarse Sand & The Names We Wrote, Jon Eberson Group||2011|
|Comfort Call, Jon Eberson Group||2010|
|Arme jord ha jolefred, Other projects||2009|
|Chrome Hill||5:29||Made This|
|Moon Tint||5:12||Made This|
|Angular Momentum||4:12||Made This|
|Buoy||5:14||The Widening Sphere of Influence|
|River Song II||9:53||In the Clearing / In the Cavern (2CD)|
|Birds of India||11:28||In the Clearing / In the Cavern (2CD)|
|Etter Snø (Odda)||5:21||nyesongar.no|
|Live in Germany (K4) / Ventande||4:16||JazzBukkBox|
|Live in Germany (K4) / Veksande||2:58||JazzBukkBox|
|Live in Germany (K4) / Vandrande vågal||6:19||JazzBukkBox|
|Live in Germany (K4) / Vaktande||3:39||JazzBukkBox|
|Dew of Tears||Encounters|