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Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus

Jez Nelson presents Norwegian improvising vocalist Sidsel Endresen performing with guitarist Stian Westerhus in a concert given as part of Radio 3's Northern Lights season.

Norwegian improvising vocalist Sidsel Endresen renews her partnership with guitarist Stian Westerhus in this concert as part of Northern Lights season on BBC Radio 3.

Since the 1980s, Endresen has been in the vanguard of European singers seeking to move away from the traditional jazz-singer mould. There's a recognisable folk quality to her voice, but her improvisations tear up the rule book, using fragments of words and isolated syllables, rearranged at will to form her own nonsensical but eerily familiar-sounding language. Westerhus takes a similarly radical approach to the guitar and his abstract blend of bleeps, bloops, and ominous soundscapes is the perfect foil.

Also in the programme, British singer Juliet Kelly joins Jez Nelson in the studio to discuss the ways in which younger singers from the UK - several of whom cite Endresen as a key influence - are changing the sound of British vocal jazz.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 21 Dec 2015 23:00

Music Played

  • Sidsel Endresen & Bugge Wesseltoft

    Heartbeat

    • Out Here. In There..
    • Jazzland Recordings.
  • Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus in concert in Stockholm in 2015

    • Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus

      Bonita; Ripper Silk; Baton

      Composer: Sidsel Endresen / Stian Westerhus

  • Juliet Kelly joins Jez Nelson in the studio to discuss the UK's jazz vocal scene

    • Babelfish

      Sushi Hero

      Performer: BRIGITTE BERAHA.
      • Chasing Rainbows.
      • Moletone.
    • Corrie Dick

      Don't Cry

      • Impossible Things.
    • Corrie Dick

      What Has Become Of Albert?

      • Impossible Things.
  • Sidsel Endresen and Stian Westerhus in concert in Stockholm in 2015

    • Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus

      Boom Boom; Knuckle Tattoo; White Mantilla; Pink Link; Solemn Vista; Blue Punch

      Composer: Sidsel Endresen / Stian Westerhus

  • Russian correspondent Alexander Kan joins Jez on the line to pick new releases

    • Kruglov / Miller Kompania

      Last Hour

      • NO GOING BACK.
      • АРТсервис.
    • Arthur Brown & The Aposition Orchestra

      Burning Through A Blind World

      • Live at Apositia X.
      • Diafragma Records.

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