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

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Gunnar Halle’s Scandinavian Quartet are all trusted friends and colleagues from their time of studying at the Rythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen, and among the most alluring Scandinavian musicians of today.

Gunnar Halle's second album, Halle's Planet will be out November 1st 2019, once again on the German label Ozella Music. This time the music was recorded live in studio, at Engfeldt & Forsgren Studios in Oslo. With trumpet, guitar, bass and two drummers, this is an instrumental album, with steady beats that stands both noisy melodic statements and pensive airy improvisations. Besides his regular quartet, you can her extra drummer Wetle Holte, in the left channel only! 

The first album from Gunnar Halle, ’Istanbul Sky’ that came out in April 2015 is a colorful blend of beautiful melodies, noise, indierock, jazz and even a couple of peculiar vocal songs. This was a home studio project, with additional recordings from Eivind Aarset, Maria Laurette Friis, Einar Halle, Joakim Frøystein and others. 

 

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Discography

Halle's Planet

Year
2019
Record label
Ozella

 

Gunnar Halle: trumpet, keys, Stephan Sieben: guitar, Putte Johander: bass,    Knut Arne Finsrud: drums, Wetle Holte: drums

 

Recorded in Engfeldt and Forsgren Studios in Oslo by Marcus Forsgren.

Mixed by August Wanngren, Copenhagen. Mastered by Chris Sansom, Oslo.

Front cover by Ida Ødegaard.

 

Halle's Planet was made with support from DJBFA and Koda's Cultural Funds,

and Komponistenes Vederlagsfond in Norway.

front cover

Istanbul Sky

Year
2015
Record label
Ozella

 

Gunnar Halle (trp, vocals, keys) Knut Finsrud (dr), Thommy Andersson (bass),  Maria Laurette Friis (voc), Eivind Aarset (guit), Joakim Frøystein (guit), Einar Halle (cello), Wetle Holte (dr), Jon Meinild (vib), Berke Can Ozcan (perc)

 

This was my debut album, made in my homestudio and in the rehearsal room of my drummer Knut Finsrud in Malmö.

Mixed by August Wanngren, Copenhagen.

Mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering.

 

Supported by KODA, DJBFA and Komponistenes Vederlagsfond.

Istanbul Sky front cover

Selected discography, as a band member

2019 Laband, Wazairo, Unit rec

2019 Haftor Medbøe, Hvor en var baren,

2018 Morten Halle, Into the wild hills, Curling Legs

2017 Thommy Andersson, Woodspine, Gateway

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, Steeple Chase

2013 Lars Andreas Haug Band, Conrairo

2012 Solborg 4+4+1, ILK

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

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

2006 Tys Tys, twisted fingers soft light blue, ILK/ VME

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/ ILK

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

Reviews, Halle's Planet

www.vinyl-fan.de:

Der Norweger Gunnar Halle hat mit seiner zweiten Solo-LP „Halle’s Planet“ ein Werk von zweigeteilter Stimmung geschaffen. Da sind auf der einen Seite vorwärts treibende Jazzrock-Nummern und auf der anderen Seite ruhige, zurückgenommen Balladen. Seine Trompete und der teils fulminante Stil weckte Erinnerungen an „Bitches Brew“, die lyrischen Passagen hingegen sprechen eine andere Sprache.

Gunnar Halle hat das Album zusammen mit Wetle Holte produziert und ganz offensichtlich mit dem Schritt zum analogen Sound genau richtig gelegen. Geerdete Technik und Jazzrock aus dem Halleschen Kosmos - das hat was! -Manfred Krug

https://www.vinyl-fan.de/blog/21-fan-rezensionen/698-review-gunnar-halle-halle-s-planet-vinyl.html?hitcount=0&fbclid=IwAR1xHjWzcFYgTeBmQewVWSY6mN3J8je5NoZAmYlnwx_VNpkvUvcu4eNe9bY

 

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.

Next thing up is the release of the second album November 1st 2019 on Ozella Music, with extra drummer Wetle Holte on board. This time the album is 100 % instrumental, with ultra tight beats that stands both noisy melodic statements and pensive airy improvisations. The music was recorded live in studio, at Engfeldt and Forsgren Studios in Oslo. In april 2015 the first album in Halle's 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 in this studio, 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. 


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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 (N). Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra (DK). Scram (DK). Morten Halle, Into the wild hills (N). Espen Eriksen & Gunnar Halle (N). Lars Andreas Haug - LaBand (N). Torsion Beat. FatDog. Berke Can Ozcan. Pamelia Kurstin & GH (duo) Fattigfolket. Mari Boine. Josefine Lindstrand. Josefine Cronholm. Eivind Aarset sonic codex.

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

CONTACT

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