In 2017, the critically acclaimed guitarist and composer Trond Kallevåg Hansen from the Norwegian southwestern city of Haugesund, received the Statoil Sildajazz Prize. He was asked to create a commissioned work for Sildajazz 2018, and the concert was called “Bedehus & Hawaii” (Prayer house and Hawaii).
Hansen is currently one of the most exciting guitarists on the Norwegian jazz scene and excelled with his debut album “Se Meg En Annen Dag” which he released with his trio in 2017. The album was critically acclaimed both nationally and internationally, including the British music magazine The Wire, describing the album as being so good it justified the generous support for arts in Norway.
Hansen will perform with his trio (Alexander Hoholm – double bass, Ivar Myrset Asheim – drums) in addition of two of the country’s foremost musicians: guitarist Geir Sundstøl and jazz violinist Adrian Løseth Waade. Sundstøl has contributed on over 290 Norwegian and foreign albums and has played with renowned band and musicians such as A-Ha, Odd Nordstoga, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Nils Petter Molvær and DeLillos. Sundstøl released his third solo album “Brødløs” last fall, which received excellent reviews in both Norwegian and international press and a nomination in Open Class for this year’s Spellemann (Norwegian Grammy).
Bedehus og Hawaii refers to the summers Hansen spent at his grandparent’s place on Bømlo, where prayer houses and the music were focal points. He deliberately uses this and other elements from his childhood and adolescence as an inspiration for his compositions. The combination of his warm Fender guitar sound and the lyrical compositions creates an almost cinematic quality. The melodies can be reminiscent of singalongs from familial religious holidays, which turn into evocative improvised stretches such as the music to late car drives and half-awake dreams from the backseat.
This spring Bedehus og Hawaii will release their debut album on Hubro, and we are convinced that both their album and their concert at Grønland kirke during Oslo Jazzfestival are going to be unforgettable.
Trond Kallevåg Hansen – guitar and compositions
Geir Sundstøl – pedalsteel and various string instruments
Adrian Løseth Waade – violin
Alexander Hoholm – double bass
Ivar Myrset Asheim – drums