In Norway Hilde Louise already is a well established artist with 6 album releases and a successful career as singer, actress and songwriter. Her latest part on stage was "Ulla Inga Hansson...." in "The Producers", for which she won the Norwegian Comic Award for best actress 2011. Abroad her accomplishments consists in fronting Swedish jazz/electronica duo KOOP on their last tour of USA, Asia and Europe, and singing/co writing their latest single Strange Love. Strange Love was launched in the USA on Atlantic Records, and ended up as soundtrack to Coca Colas latest commercial "Library".
She has a wide catalogue of original music that she performs with her small brass band, Hilde Louise Orchestra, or the more intimate jazztrio.
Her latest album, Divin' At The Oceansound, is a collection of her own songs, rerecorded in front of a live audience. The lineup and the new arrangements are inspired by Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson vocal sessions. Stripped down, swing versions performed only with vocals, piano, bass and guitar.
Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen is a rare and wonderful combination, equal parts musician, poet and storyteller. This enjoyable Scandinavian lady is hailed by Norwegian press as "three parts Monroe and one part Holiday". Hilde Louise's poetry is hypnotic. Her instrumental arrangements are like dark, expencive chocolate - rich, sweet-tasting, and very satisfying, while leaving you wanting more! Hilde Louise Orchestra, a collection of Norway's best known musicians, is led by keyboardist and musical director Anders Aarum. (quote Skoot Larsson)
Now Magazine, Toronto writes:
"The transfixing stage presence of sultry Norwegian vocalist Hilde Louise Asbjornsen stole the show. Her smoky, note-perfect rendition of Strangelove was so close to the record, we wondered if she was pulling a Britney."
Anders Aarum - keyboard/piano
Svein Erik Martinsen - electric and acoustic guitars
Jens Fossum - Double Bass
Klaus Blomvik - Drums & Percussion
"Eleven Nights and Two Early Mornings"(Bonnier Amigo 2004)
"Birdie Blues"(UpNorth Discs 2005)
"No vil eg vake med deg" - tribute to Monica Zetterlund (UpNorth Discs 2006)
"Strange Love" Koop - single (Atlantic Records/Playground Music 2007)
"Sound Your Horn" (Sweet Morning Records 2008)
"Never Ever Going Back" (Sweet Morning Records 2010)
"Divin' At The Oceansound" (Sweet Morning/Grappa June 2011)
allscandinavian.com on "Never Ever Going Back"
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In March Norwegian singer, songwriter and actress Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen released her fifth album ‘...In March Norwegian singer, songwriter and actress Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen released her fifth album ‘Never Ever Going Back’ on her own label Sweet Morning Records in Norway to solid critical acclaim. Admittedly I don’t know Asbjørnsen’s earlier releases, from what I’ve read all jazz, so I can’t say if this is a step upwards or the opposite. What I can say is that I’m digging what I hear.
Jazz is still very much part of her music, not least in her expressive vocal delivery, but adding blues, pop and rock elements she creates an enticing combo with a 1920s cabaret feel in the spirit of Tom Waits (only prettier in every sense) and sharing the playfulness of her Finnish sister in arms Astrid Swan (album opener ‘Trans Siberia’ could’ve been a Swan track).
As said I don’t know her previous albums, but by the looks of it ‘Never Ever Going Back’ is a step in a new direction for Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen. And by the sound of it she doesn’t have to go back…
Read more: http://allscandinavian.com/3740/hilde-louise-asbj%c3%b8rnsen-never-ever-going-back/#ixzz0p9nfDb3H
Skoot Larsson on "Sound Your Horn"
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Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen is a rare and wonderful combination, equal parts musician, poet and storytel...Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen is a rare and wonderful combination, equal parts musician, poet and storyteller. This enjoyable Scandinavian lady, hailed by Norwegian press as "three parts Monroe and one part Holiday", amply displays all these talents in her latest compact disc recording, "Sound Your Horn".
Hilde Louise's fourth album under her own name, "Sound Your Horn" is a curious mix of rythms, colours, and unique improvisations by the Hilde Louise Orchestra, a collection of Norway's best known musicians, led by keyboardist and musical director Anders Aarum.
Hilde Louise's poetry is hypnotic, as is her happy "little-girl" sounding voice. Her instrumental arrangements are like dark, expencive chacolate - rich, sweet-tasting, and very satisfying, while leaving you wanting more!
Hilde Louise Orchestra at Nattjazz, Bergen
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Just before the big breakthrough? Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen is perhaps best known as a cabaretartis...Just before the big breakthrough?
Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen is perhaps best known as a cabaretartist and entertainer in the duo "Asbjørnsen and Joh", but has also grown to provide three jazzalbums in the last four years. Recently came the fourth, "Sound Your Horn" and it bears witness to that Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen is moving toward a slightly more popish and more accessible jazzexpression. Something that also has led to her first position on the Norwegian Charts Top 40.
Yet, Saturdays concert at Sardinen did not leave any doubt that Hilde Louise first and foremost is an elegant jazzsinger, and do not have immediate plans to go in Silje Nergaard's footsteps. 31-year-old from Sunnmøre has a sensual and slightly hoarse voice with a full tone controle and do not have to resort to easy solutions.
Her songs are exciting and varied and keep good measure both when it comes to melody and lyrics. Maybe not always groundbreaking, but also not boring. A little bossanova, a little funk, a teaspoon of cabaret with Tom Waits-references and a large portion of references to the 50ies and 60ies jazz.
She also had a solid band behind her. In particular, the brilliant pianist Anders Aarum got show off at the Fender Rhodes and piano, but also doublebassplayer Jens Fossum, Klaus Robert Blomvik behind the drums and Jan Martin Smørdal on guitar had a lot to give. On a parts of the material she also presented three solid brassplayers. We're guaranteed to see Hilde Louise at Nattjazz again.
Hilde Louise and KOOP in Toronto
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The transfixing stage presence of sultry Norwegian vocalist Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen stole the show. ...The transfixing stage presence of sultry Norwegian vocalist Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen stole the show. Her smoky, note-perfect rendition of Strangelove was so close to the record, we wondered if she was pulling a Britney.
Hilde Louise and Koop at Summersundae
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Given that Koop's beats-culture jazz schtick is almost entirely sample-based, it's intriguing to see...Given that Koop's beats-culture jazz schtick is almost entirely sample-based, it's intriguing to see how they present it live. The two Swedish gentlemen are at the back of the stage twiddling their knobs in their trademark strappy dresses, but they are upstaged by the Norwegian chanteuse Hilde Louise Asbjornsen, who's like Doris Day infused with the va-va voom of Jessica Rabbit, wearing the most fantastic dress that accentuates every curve as she sashays and flirts while the trombonist frenetically extends his instrument. Retro glamour, musical improvisation and surreal visuals all combine for a pretty good way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Hilde Louise usually does one set of app. 1 hour 30 minutes.
Her typical repertoire these days would be a mix from her three latest albums, featuring her 5-piece Hilde Louise Orchestrea or her high end jazz quartet.
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