From Morton Feldmann to Aretha Franklin
What does inspire you these days? Are there any performers or composers that you would like to shine trail a spotlight on?
– At any given time, what inspires me most is the musicians that I work with, names that spring to mind are (in addition to Jan Bang, of course) Stian Westerhus, Christian Wallumrød, Helge Sten, StreifenJunko, Vilde&Inga, Humcrush and many more.
– My own list of past and present inspirational sources is quite eclectic: Morton Feldmann, Joni Mitchell, Robert Wyatt, Ligeti, Scelsi, Bob Dylan, Billy Holiday, Miles, DeLillos, Nick Drake, Jon Christensen, Aina Kemanis, Anette Peacock, Julie Driscoll, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the students that I teach at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The list is never-ending and I’ve just highlighted a random fraction of what inspires me today. A question that is impossible to answer, really.
From our standpoint, you have maintained a continuous artistic development over the past decades. You still maintain that development at an impressive level – can you say something about what it is that triggers you to maintain this ongoing process?
– An eternal curiosity, a will to explore and a clear ambition in relation to my instrument. I see all continuous challenges related to improvisation as a way of making music. All I hear is for me potential music – music that I try to approach and apply to my artistic work – it never ends and is never finished.