the year 2000 - August 26.
advertising of the Bjørkelangen Music festival program
article in Indre Akershus Blad, Monday August 28. 2000
Translation by Dag Sirnes:
Warm evening with Silje jazz
Bjørkelangen: Silje Nergaard's concert in the church on Saturday was an experience. Silje's personality, voice and repertoire definitely gave the music festival at Bjørkelangen a special highlight.
On Friday, Silje Nergaard and her band were in action in Berlin.
''The contrast to the event tonight is actually quite great, but I always want to do my best. I'm looking forward to singing in church,'' said the sparkling lady as she drew a little fresh lufy on the sacristy stairs.
Silje Nergaard opened with ''What's new'' - and the close audience contact was strongly registered. Through talent and perfect use of voice, she has developed her own genre for fashion unorthodox jazz, popularly called Silje-Jazz.
The performance has a loose form, but which immediately appeals to a warm contact with the audience. The artist is no more solemn than she can openly discuss with her musicians: "What are we go to play now?" Situations that evoke light chuckling in the rows of benches.
Kari Høgnes in the festival committee wished everyone wellcome. 150 expectant visitors - a number that the organizer had probably hoped would be a little higher.
Through the song "Dry Cleaner" we got an incredible presentation of the band's excellent qualities - through individual improvisations one understands very well why has reached international fame.
Naturally enough, Silje boasts of her 'great boys', young members, but well established within the studio and the professional music community in Norway.
The concert's closing number was Cole Porter's ''Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye", but the audience enthusiasm did not end. That's why we got three extra songs.
Silje Nergaard did not disappoint her audience during Saturday's concert in Bjørkelangen church. She is a professional at her fingertips. Photo: Erik Rudlang