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Kjetil Husebø

Kjetil Husebø (aka Optical Substance) is a norwegian keyboard-player and a classically trained piano-player with a background from such varied musical landscapes as:improvisation, electronica, pop, cross-over, folk and jazz. He debued with his own band; Coffee Pain at Nattjazz in Bergen in 1996 and he also wrote commissioned music to the municipality of Modalen in 1997. The same year he began to collaborate with Jigme Drupka (singer from Buthan) and he also played with Dj Erot (RIP) both in studio and on stage.

In 1999, Kjetil focused mainly on his studies at the University of Oslo (major-degree in History of Ideas in 2005). In 2000 he also played with the norwegian pop-band Bloom.

Steps

Label: Optical Substance Productions
Released: 2015
Track listing: Far But Near; Typisk; Steps; Ease; Carousel; Inversion; Strange Steps; Veien blir til mens du går deg vill; Reverence For Otherness; Hypnagogia.

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Kjetil Husebø: Steps

Read "Steps" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian pianist Kjetil Husebø attempted in his recent releases to integrate programmed sounds and live sampling into the sound of the acoustic piano. On Steps he focuses on the grand piano, his first solo piano album. The album was recorded in the famed Rainbow Studio in jny: Oslo in a short session in December 2014, with ...

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Skyggespill: Morphing Between Spaces and Phases

Read "Morphing Between Spaces and Phases" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Skyggespill (shadow play in Norwegian) is the moniker of Norwegian keyboards player, electronics and sound designer Kjetil Husebø for his first (and only) electronics recordings project. Husebø references local Norwegian and international sonic explorers like Biosphere (aka Geir Jenssen), Deathprod (aka Helge Sten, known from the acclaimed Supersilent outfit, who mastered this project), Christian Fennesz or ...

Sources

Label: Optical Substance Productions
Released: 2013
Track listing: Sources; Pledge; Transit; Festina lente; Breather; Digging up - part I; digging up - part II; Sources - variation II; Ignorabimus; Panta Rei.

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2013 Ultima Contemporary Music Festival

Read "2013 Ultima Contemporary Music Festival" reviewed by John Kelman

2013 Ultima Contemporary Music Festival Oslo, Norway September 5-14, 2013 Last year's first visit to the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival in Oslo, Norway revealed a rich program that blurred the lines between composition and improvisation in ways few (if any) festivals of its kind do. While the primary reason to attend the ...

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Kjetil Husebø: Sources

Read "Sources" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian pianist and live sampling master Kjetil Husebø continues to develop his highly personal sonic language on his sophomore solo release after last year's solo debut Contradictions (Optical Substance, 2012). Husebø explores the grand piano as a sound source--acoustic or enhanced with live sampling and electronics. Both treatments of the piano sound organic even in its ...

Contradictions

Label: Optical Substance Productions
Released: 2012
Track listing: Zero; Melodic Past; Impressions; Views I; Plans; Quiet game; Digressions; Views II; Contradictions; Undefined solitude; Observing; Patience; Aphorism; Views III; Små ting tar stor plass.

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Kjetil Husebø: Contradictions

Read "Contradictions" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Known previously as the mastermind behind the Optical Substance jazz-electronica outfits, Contradictions is Norwegian pianist Kjetil Husebø's third album and first solo recording. Here, Husebø distills his piano playing and use of electronics into a personal music universe. In his most lyrical moments, references to fellow countrymen, pianists Bugge Wesseltoft and Jon Balke, and Polish pianist ...

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Take Five with Kjetil Husebø

Read "Take Five with Kjetil Husebø" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Kjetil Husebø:35 years-old, from Bergen, Norway, currently living in Oslo. Pianist, synth, electronics, live-sampling, programming. Main project: Optical Substance. Instrument(s):Piano, synth, laptop, samplers, electronics.Teachers and/or influences?Jan Garbarek, Bendik Hofseth, Nils Petter Molvaer, Biosphere, Jan Bang, Bugge Wesseltoft, Eivind Aarset.I knew I wanted to ...


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