Silje's appearances

the year 2006 - December 27.

article in Dagsavisen, Saturday December 30. 2006

Translation by Dag Sirnes:

The friends said goodbye

The Moster new church in Bømlo was filled to the brim yesterday when the composer, singer and humorist Kenneth Sivertsen was buried.

People had to stand in the hall and sit in the sacristy to get a place in the church, which has seating for 450 people. Wreaths of flowers decorated the choir and lay close to each other down the church floor.

Among Sivertsen's artist friends who wanted to say goodbye were Jan Eggum, Sigvart Dagsland, Silje Nergaard and Tor Endresen. Famous TV faces such as Per Ståle Lønning and Nils Gunnar Lie were also present. Actor Jon Eikemo read words of remembrance.

Heine Totland sang ''Bred dina vida vingar'' and there was also a solo song by Sigurd Sele. In the minutes before the ceremony began, a recording of Sivertsen's symphony ''Eiketre'' was played, music he himself wanted performed in the church.

Kenneth Sivertsen died at Haukeland University Hospital (in Bergen) on Christmas Eve, aged 45. He had been seriously ill for several months following a brain haemorrhage.

He was born on 16 January 1961 in Mosterhamn in Bømlo municipality and began his career as a self-taught guitarist and folk singer aged 20.

Sivertsen composed commissioned works for, among others, the National Concerts (Rikskonsertene) and NRK, but is best known as a singer and jazz artist.    (NTB)