As North Americans we are generally sheltered from musical acts and artists who fall outside the signing realm of major record labels. Such is the case with Norwegian saxophonist Kristin Sevaldsen. However, through new medium such as YouTube, artists such as Sevaldsen can now reach a world-wide audience… Which is exactly how I came to hear of Kristin for the first time.
In January I happened to come across her video for Mountain Dance, and I ended up writing an article about her for my blog. Through the magic of Internet pings and stats tracking, Kristin ended up on my website.
Through all of this, a series of email exchanges took place, and suddenly 2 multi-sax playing women, separated by approximately 8,000 miles, a major land mass, and an ocean, realized that they were musical colleagues, and became Internet friends. I knew that Kristin fronted her own band, but a couple of weeks ago she wrote me about another project that she was involved with.
Treasure is a trio that specializes in performing their own unique interpretations of well-known Scandinavian folk songs, as well as old psalms. The music is hauntingly beautiful, and performed with a style that is as unique as the players themselves.
The members of Treasure are: Dag Stokke: keyboards, piano, church organ, & vocals; Kristin Sevaldsen: saxophones & vocals; and Lewi Bergrud: bass, guitar, & vocals.
Photo by Tony Heyerdahl
On March 9, 2009, Treasure released their self-titled album through Christian music stores, with a commercial release date to follow on March 24.
In their press release, the band is described like this:
The intention of Treasure is to bring an old musical heritage into the present and to hopefully project it into the future. The trio is comprised of three experienced and talented musicians from a wide range of musical backgrounds including classical, jazz and even heavy rock. Together Treasure plays through that incredible diversity to not only make their musical combination work but also to achieve their intentions. Treasure transcends differences and time magically with their unique interpretations of these well-known Scandinavian folk songs and old psalms.
Treasure will be hosting a CD release concert on March 22, 2009 at Filadelfia Lena, Østre Toten. (Yes, it’s in Norway!) The show starts at 18:00. Check out Treasure’s blog entry about the CD release concert for more information.
Here are a couple of photos of Treasure’s performance in The Ice Cathedral in 2008.
A very chilly tenor…