Gunnar Halle

Norwegian trumpet player, Oslo

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The first album in my name was released April 30th 2015 on Ozella Music, and since then we have played concerts as a quartet:

Gunnar Halle - trumpet, synth, vocal, Stephan Sieben - guitar, Putte Johander - bass, Knut Finsrud - drums

 

We are recording again in december 2017 in Engfeldt & Forsgren Studios in Oslo.

 

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Discography

As band member

2017 Scram, Scram, Rizoma

2016 Torsion Beat, Denh, Your Favourite Music

2015 Torbjørn Sletta Jacobsen Kvintett, Biting tails, Curling Legs

2014 FatDog, New Found Land, Riverboat

2014 Espen Eriksen/ Gunnar Halle, Psalm, Grappa

2014 New Jugle Orchestra, Tjak Tjaka Tchicai

2013 Lars Andreas Haug Band, Conrairo

2012 Solborg 4+4+1, ILK 191CD

2012 Britah, Clouds, antfarm records

2011 Fattigfolket, Park, Ozella Music

2011 New Jungle Orchestra, Scetches Of India, Steeple Chase

2011 Torbjørn Sletta Jacobsen Kvintett, time layers, curling legs

2010 Gunnar Halle / Espen Eriksen, Meditations On Christmas, Grappa Musikkforlag

2010 New Jungle Orchestra, Pierre Dørge Presents New jungle Orchestra, Steeple Chase

2010 Lisbeth Diers, Chime Transform, Spicytuna rec

2010 Josefine Cronholm, falling feathers, Act Music

2009 Splint, intelligent design, FM Rec 

2009 Eivind Aarset & The Sonic codex Orchestra, live extracts, Jazzland Rec

2009 Jogujo Circuit A new tide, newgreen rec/ ILK

2009 Josefine Lindstrand, there will be stars, Caprice

2008 New Jungle Orchestra, whispering elephants, Steeple Chase 

2008 Thommy Andersson, wood blood, Gateway 

2008 Nickelsen Halle Kjellberg, echidna, newgreen rec/ ILK

2007 New Jungle Orchestra, jazz is like a banana, Steeple Chase 

2007 Splint, moro, lampse LAMP008

2006 Böhm/Halle/Sell, ozon, jazzcuisine/ new green rec/ ILK/ ILK113CD

2006 Tys Tys, twisted fingers soft light blue, VME ILK119

2005 Copenhagen Art Ensemble, don't mention the war, Stunt Records 

2005 New Jungle Orchestra, negra tigra, newgreen rec/ ILK 

2005 Fattigfolket, le chien et la fille, newgreen rec/ ILK 

2005 Lisbeth Diers, chime, spicytuna records 

2004 Tys Tys, go get some, VME/ ILK 

2004 New Jungle Orchestra, dancing cheek to cheek, Stunt Records 

2004 Fattigfolket, fattigfolket, newgreen rec/ ILK 

2003 Triåveræinne, triåveræinne, newgreen rec/ ILK 

2003 jogujo circuit, close up magic, newgreen rec/ ILK 

2003 Böhm/Halle/Sell, try to org, jazzcuisine rec 

2002 Anderskov Accident, anderskov accident, Scraggly Records 

2002 Susi Hyldgaard, home sweet home, Enja Records

2001 TysTys, tys tys, Loretta Records 

2001 Lundin Overdrive, choose your boots, Stunt Records

2000 Nowhereland, nowhereland, DZO Records 

1999 Susi Hyldgaard, something special just for you, Stunt Records
 

Reviews, Istanbul Sky

Dagbladet:
Trompetisten Gunnar Halle debuterer med et bunnsolid soloalbum, "Istanbul Sky". Platen er en reise gjennom sjangrer og stilretninger Halle har vært borti gjennom en omfattende karriere.

Trompetisten Gunnar Halle debuterer med et bunnsolid soloalbum, "Istanbul Sky". 
Etter å ha hengitt seg til samarbeid i en rekke sjangrer, maner trompeteren nå fram sine egne visjoner. Albumtittelen «Istanbul Sky» er inspirert av et solnedgangsøyeblikk på Taksim i magiske Istanbul; en offensiv låt som innleder et inspirert album, fylt med flyktende melodier og sterk lidenskap. Lenge leve trompetistene og deres utrettelige kamp for å gjøre verden vakrere.Fredrik Wandrup

Tor De Jazz:
Halle har forlatt hoppkanten og er i et meget spennende svev.
Vi har mer enn ant det lenge, men her kommer det endelige beviset: Gunnar Halle har inntatt tetsjiktet blant norske trompetere. Det sier ikke reint lite.
Han serverer oss et musikalsk og melodisk brygg som henter impulser fra en rekke kilder, det være seg rock, jazz, støy og verdensmusikk. Halle ikke bare spiller vakkert og unikt med et varmt og søkende uttrykk - han debuterer også som sanger her på tittelsporet der hans falsettstemme henter inspirasjon fra kvinnelig Bollywood-sang. Noen annet skulle tatt seg ut! Tøft og originalt er det så definitivt. 
- Tor Hammerø

Dagsavisen:
Halles Istanbul-himmel 
Endeleg debuterer trompetisten Gunnar Halle på plate med «Istanbul Sky» (Ozella/ Musikklosen). Og den norske trompetisten som budde i København frå 1997 til 2007 og var med å starte merket Ilk, gjer det storslått og med stil, på eit album der tittelsporet også er Halles debut som vokalist! Han er elektronikar også, men det er den høge trompettonen over det heile som pregar eit album der ti musikarar er i aksjon, på heil eller deltid. 
- Roald Helgheim

Akershus Amtstidende:
Gunnar Halle mestrer å skape ulike stemninger og lytteropplevelser og samtidig samle dem under et felles uttrykk. Han er bade myk og varm, og rå og dramatisk – noe som får utløp I hans musikalske fremtoning. 
- Steinar Knudsen

Gaesteliste.de
Halle hat mit seinem Solo-Debüt einen interessanten Weg gefunden, sich als Performer, Instrumentalist und Komponist weiter zu entwickeln.
- Ullrich Maurer

more reviews on Istanbul Sky:

http://musikansich.de/ausgaben/0515/reviews/halle.html
http://gaesteliste.de/review/show.html?id=55d436f912861598&_nr=15969
nordische-musik.de 
ragazzi-music.de
saarbruecker-zeitung
sound-and-image.de
westzeit.de
downbeat.com

Biography

Gunnar Halle; Norwegian trumpet player, composer/producer living in Oslo

Gunnar Halle is a Norwegian trumpet player living in Oslo, playing with Norwegian, Danish and Swedish groups. In april 2015 the first album in his name, Istanbul Sky came out on German label Ozella Music, and since then he has been touring with his own quartet:
Gunnar Halle - trumpet, synth, vocal, Stephan Sieben – guitar, Putte Johander – bass, 
Knut Finsrud – drums.

In recent years he has also played with Mari Boine, Eivind Aarset Sonic Codex, Berke Can Ozcan, duo with pianoplayer Espen Eriksen, Pierre Dørge & The New Jungle Orchestra, Lars Andreas Haug - LaBand, Josefine Lindstrand, Solfrid Molland and many others.

Beside being a musician he also work in his home-studio, recording trumpet, synth and voice. The album Istanbul Sky was made there, and he has made additional recordings for Wetle Holte, Josefine Cronholm, Nana Jacobi, Berke Can Ozcan, Thommy Andersson, and many more. He has also composed and produced music for documentary film. 

From 2014 he has also been teaching a little at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, and at Kråkstad Jazz in Ski just outside Oslo, where kids learn to improvise and learn music by the ear.
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Educated at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen 1997-2002, he stayed and worked in Copenhagen Denmark until 2007. In this period he toured and recorded with numerous groups; Tys Tys, Nowhereland, Jogujo Circuit, Susi Hyldgaard, Fredrik Lundin Overdrive, Copenhagen Art Ensemble, Josephine Cronholm, and Lisbeth Diers were some of them.

Halle was also one of the early members and founders of ILK, Independent Label of København, where he released eight records in this ten years period. Two of them was with electronica trio Jogujo Circuit where he composed and produced it all together with Joakim Frøystein. He was nominated for a Danish Grammy in 2004 as ’new jazz-name of the year’. Tys Tys received a Grammy for ’Go get some’ the same year.

Gunnar Halle grew up just outside Oslo, and played with different groups around Sandvika, Bærum from 1988-1992. Like ’Hvorfor Ikke?’ with Erlend Skomsvoll, and Musikkflekken Workshop Big Band, playing the music of saxophonist Vidar Johansen and Tore Brunborg amongst others.

From 1993 he did his one-year military service at HMKG, and after that he studied music and philosophy at the University in Oslo until 1997. 

 

Bands in recent years:

Gunnar Halle 4tet. Torsion Beat, FatDog, Berke Can Ozcan & GH (duo), Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra Espen Eriksen & GH (duo) Lars Andreas Haug - LaBand Pamelia Kurstin & GH (duo) Fattigfolket Mari Boine Josefine Lindstrand Josefine Cronholm, Eivind Aarset sonic codex

Early bands back in the days:
Tys Tys, Susi Hyldgaard, Fredrik Lundin Overdrive, Copenhagen Art Ensemble

CONTACT

Gunnar Halle
Gamle Bygdevei 145
1284 Oslo
gunnarhalle@gmail.com
phone: +47 483 50 171