in November 2015 my first one woman show premiered in Oslo.
«The Lulu Show – livet er en dans på renter» is a comic burlesque cabaret serving finance, temptation and world debt dressed as cocktails under dimmed lights. The show got top reviews and was sold out the year through. Won the Norwegian Comic Award for «Best Female Artist» in 2015, and is now playing at Chat Noir Theatre. (September 7. – 17. )
«Lulu» is a nightclub hostess with macro economy as her main topic. The set is a German club from the 1930s. Featuring a three piece band: Anders Aarum on keys, Svein Erik Martinsen on guitars and bass guitar and Hermund Nygård on drums and double bass.
Proud to present the music video made for «Don’t Stay For Breakfast». Directed by the gifted Jørgen Nordby, choreographed by Lisbeth Espeland and featuring the unique dance crew from «Chicago – The Musical». Recorded in the deck at Oslo Nye Teater.
My latest album presents 10 brand new, swinging tunes recorded with Hilde Louise Orchestra in March 2015. With Julie London, Louis Prima and Duke Ellington on my playlist, I’ve has written tunes about black coffee, shoes and optional breakfast.
I was thrilled to be working with Georg «Jojje» Wadenius as a co-producer. He has produced albums for Silje Nergaard, Lisa Ekdahl and many more, played with Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and an unknown number of great artists AND being a member of the epic «Blood, Sweat and Tears». Honored!
Denne har vi hatt det veldig mye moro med på konserter over en 3 års periode, og endelig fått samlet oss til å gjøre en innspilling i gode gamle Kruttrøyk Studio i Møllergata. Kun de beste gutta kan høres her:
Anders Aarum, Jens Fossum, Svein Erik Martinsen, Hermund Nygård, Atle Nymo, Kåre Nymark jr. og Jørgen Gjerde. M.a.o. bandet bak ‘Round About Christmas. Anders Aarum har mixet, og jeg synes dette må være hans beste håndarbeid så langt.
Vi spiller følgende konserter i sommer:
Steinkjer – 20. juni
Gjøvik – 4. juli
Grimstad – 20. juli
Oslo Jazzfestival – 15. august
Øvre Eiker, Paviljongen – 23. august.
Mellom disse skal jeg skrive låter og tekster for to-tre nye prosjekter, slikke sol og konsumere en hel del bobler fra stettglass.
Min spilleliste for sommeren kan høres i WiMP:
Hans Marius Hoff Mittet, Hilde Louise, Andrea Bræin Hovig and Kåre Conradi
«Pet Me Poppa»
Phew. Feels like my first day off since November. And maybe it is. We startet reharsing «Guys and Dolls» at Oslo Nye Teater around then, and releasing ‘Round About Christmas the exact same day has filled my head and my calendar, days and nights. The album was a success, made me so proud, considering we made it out of pure love for eachother and the music, me and my little orchestra. We sold out and was announced Christmas album of the year. My booking is now planning a Christmas tour for 2014, and I can hardly wait, having played just one single concert this Christmas.
In the meantime, my head has been filled with the lines and steps of «Ms Adelaide», the nightclub singer, and one of the four leads in «Guys and Dolls». We opened this friday, the 31st of January, and the response and the reviews have been stunning. On behalf of Oslo Nye Teater, the beautiful cast, the devoted creative staff behind the scene, the gifted director; Svein Sturla Hungnes and the exquisite choreographer Marianne Skovli, I am so happy right now.
Nothing pleases me more than when really hard working people get the acclaim that they deserve.
«The snow is snowin’, the wind is blowin'», but Christmas comes along to me as a soothing lullaby. And that is why I love the American classics so much. They are uplifting, funny, warm, and very often they are delivered by extraordinary jazz musicians. They make me happy, and Christmas should be a happy time. In the middle of that dark and heavy period of the year when summer is far and you dont remember what it feels like to walk bare foot in the grass. A time to forget and forgive and look forward. «Next year all our troubles will me miles away». A Lullaby.
This year I have made my own merry and swinging Christmas album. With people that I love and admire, and that have made a great impact on my life, both personally and professionaly. The horns: Kåre Nymark jr., Atle Nymo and Jørgen Gjerde. My star of a pianoplayer and producer, Anders Aarum. Ever so steady and cherful, Jens Fossum on the bass. Bluesy and swinging like no other guitarplayer in Norway; Svein Erik Martinsen, and the only new boy in the class; gentle, grooving and smiling all the time; Hermund Nygård on the drums.
The sugar on top is made out of two international stars; Norways soul queen, Noora Noor, who sings along on «What Are You Doing New Years Eve?» and my dear friend, Ane Brun, who acompanies me on my first original Christmas song; Christmas Is A Lullaby.
Preorder the album on iTunes! There is also a video coming up and some other stuff. Keep you posted!