Norchestra was founded in 2000 and has released 3 critically acclaimed albums. "New Galaxy" released in 2012 on the label Acoustic Landscapes was the first jazz recording ever with an 8-string Brahms guitar.
Alf Wilhelm Lundberg - 8-string Brahms guitar and piano
Kjetil Lundø - viola va gamba and fouble bass
Tore Jamne - drums and percussion
Here I mix the acoustic sound of the Brahms guitar with the electro-acoustic signal from the pickup in my guitar that goes through different effects and pedals, some controlled by expression pedals, others by remote controls from Aalberg Audio. This is currently my master's project at the Jazz Department at NTNU in Trondheim.
It was really a wonderful experience, something I'd like to do every time I do a solo concert if the venue, acoustic and seating of the audience fits. Surround is better in a flat space so that the sound moves linear in height, then the direction of the moving sounds will be perceived much better than in a traditional concert hall seating with seating in gradually lower to higher.
They met and played together for the first time at Akustiske Landskap Guitarfestival at the Fortress in Trondheim in 2014, and since then they have toured big parts of Norway as well as releasing their debut album "Colonial Colors" in 2016. Even though they both hail from Norway, this duo is like a magical meeting between North and South where they do interpretations of folk tunes from Norway as well as Argentina and Brazil in addition to their own compositions written for 8-string guitars. Per plays a hand built 8-string guitar from Argentinean luthier Esteban Gonzales with two extra bass strings and Alf plays an hand built Brahms guitar from Martin Woodhouse in UK with one higher and lower string in addition to the normal six strings in the middle.
Per Olav Kobberstad - 8-string guitar
Alf Wilhelm Lundberg - 8-string Brahms guitar
A magical meeting between two of the most exciting and original ensembles in european contemporary jazz today, Gnu Quartet (IT) and Norchestra (NO) "Suite for the Seagulls" is composed by Alf Wilhelm Lundberg as an homage to Haugesund, the hometown of Norchestra. It's a suite with seven movements, mostly composed on the 8-string Brahmsguitar with the meeting between these two unique ensembles in mind. After the premiere of the commissioned work in Haugesund in 2010 we finally did a concert and recorded the entire suite in Genoa (Gnu Quartet's hometown in Italy) in December 2014, finally to be released in 2017 at Acoustic Landscapes.
Gnu Quartet & Norchestra:
Francesca Rapetti - flute
Roberto Izzo - violin
Raffaele Rebaudengo - viola
Stefano Cabrera - cello
Alf Wilhelm Lundberg - 8-string Brahms guitar & piano
Kjetil Lundø - double bass
Tore Jamne - drums
They have performed in various festivals and clubs all over Norway and Hungary, and they have also recorded a duo album that will be released during the next year. Szandor Szabo has performed with some of the most interesting and innovative players on the planet like Michael Manring, Kevin Kastning and Claus Boesser-Ferrari, and has toured the US as well as the world for many decades. This duo emphasizes creativity and spontaneity and to achieve the right mental state of mind of conveying and composing music and structures in an spontanious way. We also released an album with great Hungarian drummer Balosz Major, also this was completely free improvised, with no rehearsals or preparation of compositions in advance. As Sandor told me before I was invited to record with hi in Hungary "Don't prepare anything" But, as other great free improvising musicans has told us before, "it takes a lot of preparation not to prepare"