Global Oslo Music presents «Traces of You»


 lørdag 12. mars 2016

dørene åpner kl. 19:30 – konserten begynner kl. 21:00
billetter: kr 150 (billetter kjøpes kun ved døra)



Kristin Asbjørnsen – vocals

Ablaye Cissoko – kora & vocals

Olav Torget – guitars & vocals


Touched by the Senegalese griot Ablaye Cissoko’s enchanting musical approach in his album “Le Griot rouge”, the Norwegian singer Kristin Asbjørnsen saw the invitation from Global Oslo Music as a great opportunity to explore a new musical meeting.  She also wanted to invite her long-term guitarist Olav Torget, a musician that has been very important in enriching her musical landscape over the last years.

Together in Oslo, the musicians have created a dialogue between traditions and have explored new fields of music together, creating a captivating sound – where vocals, kora and guitars are woven into a warm, intimate and organic sound.

The expression is tender with a quiet intensity, carried forward by an incredibly strong awareness in the way the musicians are approaching the songs – with powerful musical performances and with deep beauty. It’s soulful music that flows, touchingly grounded in Kristin’s unique voice.  The music shows traces of West African dance rhythms, Nordic contemporary jazz and contemplative church music.

“Traces of you” embraces the complexity and beauty of belonging. The songs carry strong imprints of loss and love – a journey of transforming moments of life.

Listen to the teaser from rehearsal here !

This brand new collaborative project will be performed for the first time at Cafeteatret in Oslo 12th of March 2016. The concert will be followed by more concerts in Norway and Europe Autumn 2016/Spring 2017 as well as an album release.

About the Musicians:

Kristin Asbjørnsen: One of the most distinguished artists on the vibrant extended music scene in Norway. She has featured on a number of album releases, as well as a series of tours in Europe. During the last decade, she has received overwhelming international response among critics and public alike for her personal and unique musical expression. She has won several national Music Awards. In France, Kristin became the winner of the Mondomix Babel Med prize 2009. Her solo albums “I’ll meet you in the morning” (2013), “The night shines like the day” (2009) and “Wayfaring stranger” (2006) were released across Europe via Emarcy/Universal. “Wayfaring stranger” sold to Platinum in Norway. Kristin made the score for the movie «Factotum” (Bukowski/Bent Hamer) in 2005 (Milan Records). She collaborates with pianist Tord Gustavsen and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. During many years Kristin focused on work with her musical ensembles Kvitretten, DADAFON and KRØYT. She received her formal musical education from the Jazz Department at the Trondheim Music Conservatory.

Ablaye Cissoko: Ablaye Cissoko is a part of new generation of artists from Senegal. A griot living in Saint Louis in Senegal, he incarnates the encounter between Mandinka traditions and contemporary musical creation. Experienced in performing in world music, jazz and even classical or baroque music circles, Ablaye Cissoko is probably one of the most creative and crossover African artists. A good example is his collaborations with the New York based trumpeter Volker Goetze, with the Persian music Constantinople Ensemble (co-founded by Kiya Tabassian) or the American bluesman Eric Bibb. Ablaye became internationally recognized as a part of a new generation of artists who incarnate the crossover mix between Mandinka traditions and contemporary musical creation.

Olav Torget: Olav is a key member in Kristin Asbjørnsen Ensemble and they also perform many concerts as a duo. Olav’s way of playing guitar is quite unique and his expression have been developed through many years of specializing in Southern and West African music traditions (particularly Wolof / Griot music from Senegal). Olav is frequently used as a guitarist in various pop / jazz / world music contexts and has published his own and acclaimed solo-album «Suburban Jive» in 2007, to rave reviews and has also produced a number of albums for various artists.

About Global Oslo Music: Global Oslo Music was established in 2008. Through various and creative concepts as Club Global (Concerts and clubbing), Artists in Residence, Global Nights festival, Global Commission, Global Curator and Global Career, the organization works to promote and develop the new generation of world, crossover, roots and electronic music. In addition, Global Oslo Music has embarked on cooperative projects with amongst others Koèju, Den Norske Opera og Ballett, Blå, Nordic Black Theatre and Film fra Sør. Oslo is ranked as one of the top towns in Europe for concerts per capita and their projects add yet another dimension.

For booking request, contact: / Cell. +47 95749219

The project is supported by:         pastedGraphic_1.pngand Musikkfondene

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