Sissel Vera Pettersen and Nikolaj Hess’ musical collaboration started in 2003, and since then their duo have evoked broad attention and enthusiasm in concerts at festivals and clubs in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Faroe Islands, France, Iceland and USA.
A strong common feature about their musicality is a search for the open and spontaneous, where improvisation is the principal element. The expression is organic and transparent, and beneath the surface lays an enormous musical virtuosity that
also allows the two musicians to sometimes go in for the intensely understated.
The duos repertoire varies from original compositions to covers and free-impros. Together they erase the differences between the traditional soloist and accompanist, finding a wider landscape for musical creativity, always focusing on spontaneity, playfulness and close interaction. The use of live electronics broadens the acoustic sound and creates an ambient and transparent soundscape which is constantly changing. The music will often find unexpected paths; jazz, folk, freeform, African ostinates, Indian ragas, noise, chorals and ambient electronica are main sources of inspiration, which all boil down to the essence: the art of improvising and a strong presence and atmosphere.
“Songs that draw you into a reverie like the best lullabies and folk tales. The notes gently fall over each other like the ripples at the edge of a lake. Cyclic Defrost Magazine, Australia
“Modernistic, mystical and superior duoalbum.”5 stars of 6, Jyllandsposten,DK
”An alchymistic and sober nakedness.-sincere and enchanted”, Jazzspecial, DK
”daring, naked and concentrated.-even the air between the words are loaded with meaning”, Information, DK
“Unrivalled interplay – a coherent organic, almost hypnotic album.-Very, very beautiful.”,Gaffa, DK
“Spectacular details. -Skyhigh artistic level”,Undertoner, DK
“A beautiful little oyster, where the pearl is made of the different facets of underplayedness.”, DR Jazz, DK
”Wonderful spontaneous improvising, telepathic musical communication and inner strength. Fantastic delivery”
” Beautiful, evocative and solid.” 5 stars of 6, Bergens Tidene, NO
”An Album that will be remembered for a long, long time.” 5 stars of 6 Nettavisen, NO