Silje's appearances

the year 2007 - July 5.



Laagendalsposten, Friday July 6. 2007

Translation by Dag Sirnes:

International sponsor

By: Elin Hansson

For the thirteenth year in a row, FMC Subsea is the main sponsor of the jazz festival.

200 invited guests attended FMC's party yesterday. They celebrated themselves and theirs with Gumbo, Silje Nergaard and The Grand.

In addition to partners and customers from Australia, France and Russia, a group of students from St. Petersburg joined the party.

St. Petersburg Polytechnic University has a close collaboration with FMC. The company has established its polytechnic center at the university and works closely with students who choose to immerse themselves in subjects related to FMC's operations.

After Gumbo was with FMC to Angola, they have almost become the company's permanent band.

Yesterday they played swinging rhythms for the guests in the Kongsberg hall.

Pictured: GUMBO - FMC celebrated itself as the main sponsor of the jazz festival with Gumbo, Silje Nergaard and 200 guests.                                                                        Photo: Elin Hansson

Laagendalsposten, Friday July 6. 2007  

Translation by Dag Sirnes:

Right concert, wrong stage

There is a hint of dirge in Silje Nergaard's voice. But was this something to complain about?

A very professional Silje Nergaard and equally professional musicians did what they were supposed to do on the Tubaloon jazz stage yesterday. It's been six years since I heard Silje in Kongsberghallen, and Kongsberg got to hear a more down-to-earth and confident artist yesterday.

''Darkness out of blue'' is the name of her new CD, from which much of the material for the Tubaloon concert was also taken. And the opening was pretty perfect. Blue clouds sailing past Tubaloon's huge peephole, blue light on a lone artist in blue - with blue eyes. You allow yourself to be charmed by such things.

And the goodies kept coming. Older hits like ''Be still my heart'' were mixed with fresh ''When Judy falls'' and ''Before you call me yours''. Everything was so delicate and beautiful.

This is where my little complaint comes in. The perfectly audible concert from the jazz scene at Kirketorget (The Church Square) was eventually drowned out by an ever-growing hum. Not from the bumblebees, not from rain on the tent canvas - but from talking audiences.

The stagecraft from Silje and her men was impeccable, but eventually unfortunately misinterpreted as elevator music by more and more people. Instead of the sound from the edge of the stage being hurled towards the audience, the sound carried the other way. From a beer-thirsty audience towards the stage. A drum solo from Jarle Vespestad almost disappeared in all the talking, and Silje herself seemed affected by the situation.

Has the jazz festival missed the genre this evening? Yes. Silje would prove even better indoors - in what can be called more orderly conditions.

Her humorous version of ''Tell me where you're going'' with her ukulele friends and a really up-tempo melody proves it. Then those who were in the bar-tents behind the stage got something to swing their sails for.

Something the jazz festival should think about for next year. Not every genre fits the Tubaloon, no matter how amazing the construction.

In any case, the highlight was ''Let me be troubled'', a really good melody - with a hint of Kongsberg through our efforts for the jazz city in Malawi. It's just a shame that not everyone got it.

                                                                                                 Eigil Kittang Ramstad

Laagendalsposten, Friday July 6. 2007

Translation by Dag Sirnes:

Thank you Silje, thank you Kongsberg

By: Eigil Kittang Ramstad

The steadiest and clearest voice of the evening belonged to Vilde Kaasa when she thanked Silje Nergaard and Kongsberg for the jazz house in Malawi.

For Vilde (10) from Kongsberg was the ''postman'' for her peers Teresa, and brought a letter of thanks to Silje and the entire jazz audience.

''I have with me a letter from a girl in a children's village in Malawi. Her name is Teresa, and she says thank you very much for the help from you Silje and everyone who lives in Kongsberg,'' said Vilde in front of a responsive audience - to great applause.

''As a mother - and fellow human being - it has been incredible to be able to see what the jazz festival's contribution has resulted in,'' said Silje Nergaard.

''When people see need and poverty, some say that in a way you can't take this in on yourself. But that's exactly what we're going to do. We will take it upon ourselves, and we are so prosperous today that we can afford to contribute something'', continued the artist, who herself has been to Malawi and met Teresa.

But the letter came as no surprise. A few hours before the session, Vilde and Silje met before the sound tests at Tubaloon.

''I have prepared properly'', said a then excited Vilde Kaasa before the big concert yesterday. With so many people in the audience, it was extra exciting. Vilde had the honor of being the relay of a mother in the class at Gamlegrendåsen school who was looking for a child who could give the letter to Silje.

Although she may not have known where Malawi was before, she does now.

''I have collected money for SOS Children's Villages twice, and I now know what has happened to the money we collected,'' says Vilde.

Silje Nergaard nods, and confirms that the money collected really does produce results.

''Meeting Teresa was powerful. It is of course very exciting now to receive such a letter. This is a nice initiative by the jazz festival, and what's so nice is that the initiative lasts over time,'' says Silje.

The goal for the jazz house was NOK ( - Norwegian kroners - ) 900,000. To date, 1.3 million NOK has been collected, and it only continues. Now the money goes to the social centre.

During the concert yesterday, Silje sang the song ''Let me be troubled'' which she wrote after being in Malawi, with a text about caring.

''I often ask people, instead of buying a CD a month, to give the money to something good. It helps, and I have seen that with my own eyes,'' says Silje Nergaard to the newspaper Laagendalsposten.

Photo: Silje Nergaard received a letter of thanks from Africa via Vilde Kaasa
Photo by: Bjørn-Owe Holmberg