|| Kari Bremnes
Bremnes' recording career started in 1980 and after releasing 4 albums
with her brother Ola, she released her debut solo album "Mitt
ville hjerte" ("My wild heart") in 1987. Since then
she has released 7 solo albums, all with songs in Norwegian. Her
eight solo albums, including a "Best of…" album in
1995, have sold over 350 000 units, and earning her two Norwegian
Grammy´s ("Spelemannprisen") Although with Norwegian
lyrics, close to 40 000 units is sold internationally.
Her early musical influences were a.o. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,
Joni Mitchell and Jaques Brel, and later elements of jazz, rock
and theatre shone through in her music. Throughout her career she
has developed her very personal style, easy to recognise through
her strong and mystical vocal performance. On all her albums, Kari
has made use of musicians from various musical genres, contributing
to her exotic style.
The lyrical content has from the very start been a trademark quality
on her works. Both before and after she introduced her own lyrics,
on the second solo album "Blå krukke" ("Blue
Jar") in 1989, she has very carefully chosen lyricists for
her albums, from the Danish poet Tove Ditlevsen on her debut, to
world famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch´s unique small
poems on "Løsrivelse" ( "Separation")
Kari has also made successful contributions to various collaborating
recording and concert projects, from "Salmer på veien
hjem" with traditional hymns and religious folksongs, the
above mentioned "Cohen på norsk" with Norwegian
interpretations of songs by Leonard Cohen to "The Man From
God Knows Where", a modern American/Irish/Norwegian folk opera
by American author/singer/songwriter Tom Russell.
In addition to the success of her recordings, Kari is one of the
most sought after live performers, and has also taken part in numerous
radio and TV programs. With various musicians, she has played sold
out concert halls throughout Norway for years. In 1995 she toured
Japan ( a 20 date tour) and last year she was invited to play at
The John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington, USA.
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