Silje's appearances

the year 2000 - September 1.


article in Tønsbergs Blad, Wednesday August 30. 2000

Translation by Dag Sirnes:

Silje Nergaard in debut for night jazz

Ernst M. Aas

Holmestrand: On Friday 1 September, KulturKvarteret invites you to night jazz at Holmestrand Fjord Hotel.

"This is the first time we try night jazz, so it will be very exciting to see the response to this", says cultural consultant Marit Maurstad.

And when they invited to such a debut, it is not any unknown (artist) who is put on stage.

"We have to say that we are reasonably proud that no one less than Silje Nergaard comes and stands for this first concert," says Maurstad.

Of course, Silje Nergaard does not come alone. She brings with her three musicians, Harald Johnsen (bass), Tomas Strønen (drums) and Tord Gustavsen (piano).

''Tomas Strønen is cohabiting with a girl from Holmestrand, so it's extra nice',' says Maurstad.

In 1982, an unknown Hamar girl suddenly appeared on stage with Jaco Pastorius Band during the jazz festival in Molde. Her name was Silje Nergaard, and she was only 16 years old. The next day, Silje was hailed on a full page in Dagbladet by the legendary jazz journalist set Randi Hultin. The young girl from Hamar was characterized as a rare jazz talent. She impressed audiences and critics with her unusual and original vocal improvisations and her stage appearance.

Silje Nergaard has gone through a long musical path since she freely took the microphone and jammed herself into the hearts of Norwegian jazz lovers at the time 18 years ago. She has released several albums and is today one of our most renowned jazz performers. Silje plays many strings, but it is the musician who occupies the largest place in her. She has composed most of the songs herself, and she has become a respected and sought-after songwriter, who also writes for other artists.

When it comes to the events with morning jazz, cultural consultant Marit Maurstad can reassure.

''We have by no means forgotten the morning jazz. The next event of this kind will take place at the hotel on Saturday 14 October. Also, we would like to point out that a separate program has been made for concert events and book cafés etc. throughout the autumn. This program is not sent in all mailboxes, but is posted in various central locations in the city. If you wish to have the program sent home, all you have to do is contact the hotel, library or cultural office in Backergården, and we will of course arrange it '', says Marit Maurstad.


Night jazz: On Friday 1 September, it is time for history's first night jazz event in Holmestrand, and the first of the artists is Silje Nergaard. Photo: Espen Tollefsen