The Ensemble


The ensemble

The vocal chamber ensemble Song Circus (NO) (2009-) specialize in contemporary music and improvisation. The ensemble has given life to an unusual and fascinating vocabulary of sound, combined with rare musical precision. Song Circus´ first album, Anatomy of Sound, presenting new classical music by Ruben Sverre Gjertsen (NO) and Ole-Henrik Moe (NO), was produced by multiple Grammy nominee surround sound producer Morten Lindberg, and was recently nominated Norwegian Grammy (Spellemann). Song Circus is among six selected ensembles to perform at Classical:NEXT 2016. The ensemble has achieved The Governmental Ensemble Grant (2012-2018)

Great emphasis is placed on establishing a close dialog with composers and creative musicians. Among collaboratiors are Trevor Wishart (UK, Jaap Blonk (NL), Ruben Sverre Gjertsen (NO), Ole Henrik Moe (NO), Nils Henrik Asheim (NO), Therese Birkelund Ulvo (NO), Tyler Futrell (US/NO) and David Moss (US/DE). The ensemble has been noted for their performances and for the interpretation of several complex and rarely performed pieces, and their concerts have been broadcasted by radio- and TV stations in Norway and Germany


Liv Runesdatter


Liv Runesdatter • Eva Bjerga Haugen • Stine Janvin Motland • Agnes Hvizdalek • Signe Irene Time • Ragnhild Thu Austnaberg • Maria Norseth Garli • Anita Kaasbøll


Liv Runesdatter is a singer, composer and producer, and the artistic director of Song Circus. She is an acclaimed performer and conducts continuous research on voice as a sound source. She is also a folk musician and one of the very few practitioners with deep knowledge of and practical experience in the vocal traditional music from Rogaland and Vestfold. As a classical performer, she has focused on music from around 1500-1800 and contemporary music. She graduated with a master’s degree form the music department at the University of Stavanger.

She has an extensive production behind her and has received several national and international awards and scholarships, including four Governmental Work Grants (2006, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2017) (The Norwegian Arts Council). In the autumn of 2010, she was awarded the national Azer Music Prize for her work on "Sari Gelin", a Norwegian folk-Azerbaijani project. Her solo album "Syng hjerte" (Grappa / Heilo) has received outstanding reviews in international newspapers, magazines and radio shows. The Dutch magazine Folk World chose "Syng hjerte" for its annual ranking of "Best international album releases in 2009."

Since 2005 she has run the production company CARMA Contemporary Art Music and Dance, and has composed, produced and curated performances and art productions in collaboration with musicians, dancers, artists, filmmakers, artists and scientists from more than 26 countries. She has performed her music in a wide variety of festivals and venues throughout Europe, the Caucasus, Canada and the United States. She is also working on art projects for galleries and public spaces. The exhibition “Asylym – Midt iblant oss”, created in collaboration with Eli Glader and Signe Christine Urdal had 7,000 visitors during the first two weeks of the exhibition at Galleri Sølvberget.

Among great artists and producers she has worked with are the jazz musicians Stian Carstensen, Alfred Janson, Frode Fjellheim, Snorre Bjerck, Eivin One Pedersen, Trygve Seim, Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Torben Snekkestad, John Abercrombie og Charles Lloyd (USA). Traditional classical folk musicians: Tuva T Bolstad og Vidar Skrede, Abdulrahman Surizehi (Balouchistan/NO), Ulla Pirttijärvi (Sapmi/FIN), Amadou Sarr (Gambia), Nika (Serbia), Alim Qasimov, Ehtiram Huseinov og Elshan Mansurov (AZ). Composers and musicians: Christian Wolff (USA), Trevor Wishart (UK), Jaap Blonk (NL), Ruben Sverre Gjertsen (NO), Ole-Henrik Moe (NO) og David Moss (USA/DE) King Knut (UK/N), Nils Henrik Asheim, :zang, Bjerga/Iversen og Else O Storesund. Ensembles: Oslo Sinfonietta, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, The Kitchen Orchestra, Stavanger Kathedralensemble, Urban Sjøfront, og Cirque de Soleil (CAN). Performance artists: Anne-M E Rygh, choreographers Hanna Savolainen (FIN), Jair Cardoso (Brazil), Nadja Hjorton (SE), Sandsmark og Mari Flønes. Poets: Odveig Klyve, Torild Wardenær og Mansur Rajih (Jemen/NO). Visual artists: Eli Glader (NO), Signe Christine Urdal (NO) and Jasmijn Visser (NL). Film: Maja Friis, Martin Hawkes (CAN/NO), Jon Garcia de Presno.


Stine Janvin Motland is working acoustically with extended vocal techniques of experimental contemporary music, improvised and composed. She has been artist in residence at several Norwegian and foreign festivals - Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Borealis in Bergen, Blow out! and All Ears in Oslo, New Perspectives in Västerås, Sweden, On the edge of Wrong in Cape Town, Ustuu-Khuree in Tuva, Siberia, and Densités in France. She is collaborating with composers such as Therese Birkelund Ulvo, Øyvind Torvund and Nils Henrik Asheim, involved in ensembles and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love, Lasse Marhaug, Maja Ratkje, Andrea Neumann, Tanja Orning, Mats Gustafsson and Jaap Blonk. She is also working with theater and performance with her own companies and in collaboration with other artists, choreographers and directors such as Cecilie Bjørgås Jordheim, Hildur Kristinsdottir, Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company of Tel Aviv. She was portrayed in the Henie Onstad Art Directory of 2009, "To be heard is to be seen", and a contributor to Tom Hovinbøle’s newly released book “Listening Art” (Marhaug Publishing 2012). She was a trainee for the Borealis Festival in Bergen from January to March in 2013. Stine Motland has received the MaiJazz Award in 2008.


Anita Kaasbøll is a singer, musician and composer living in Oslo. She graduated with a master’s degree form the Jazz Department at NTNU in Trondeheim in 2006. Anita Kaasbøll is a genre-crossing singer / musician and composer. She draws inspiration from rock and noise music as well as from minimalist and low-key contemporary music and blends elements from different worlds. Her main musical project is Bladed (w / Havard Skaset, Guro S. Moe and Thomas Oxem), a band that performs alternative rock composed by Anita. Bladed recently released their second album to very good reviews. She also sings in the vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices and Song Circus, and has collaborated with such artists as Susanna Wallumrød, Jenny Hval, Stian Westerhus, Michael F. Duch, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Stina Stjern and Lasse Marhaug and authors Ingrid Large Holmen and Tale Næss. Anita makes use og both lydmakeri, text and melody in her music, and she combines acoustic voice and electronic hardware. These combinations give a completely unique sound.

Anita also teaches vocal and ensemble at the Jazz Department at the University of Stavanger.


Eva Bjerga Haugen is a singer, musician and songwriter graduated with a master’s degree from the Jazz Department at the University of Stavanger, where she now teaches vocal and ensemble. Eva’s main musical project is the quartet Cirrus which released its debut album on the label NORCD in May 2013 to rave reviews from national and internatinal music press. Other bands / collaborations are the quintet FairFist who were finalists in the prestigious competition Jazzintro in 2010, vocal ensemble Song Circus, Espen Eriksen Trio, Amigo Tom with bossa nova guitarist Tom S. Lund and saxophonist Tor Yttredal, a duo with drummer Jarle Vespestad known from Farmers Market and a duo with singer Anita Kaasbøll. Eva was presented as a name to keep an eye in the future in the Norwegian magazine JazzNytt in May of 2009, was selected “Artist of the year” in Stavanger in 2010 and fronted the MaiJazz-poster in 2011. She has performed at festivals such as Vossajazz, MaiJazz, NattJazz, Molde Jazz, Sildajazz, Penang International Jazz Festival to name a few. She has also done several tours organized by Vestnorsk Jazzsenter (the Western Norwegian Jazz Centre), with both Espen Eriksen Trio and with Cirrus. She has received numerous awards and scholarships. Eva’s music is heavily inspired by tango and French chanson, as well as experimental popular music and improvisation.


Maria Norseth Garli is a freelance musician, composer and concert organizer living on AustrÅtt on Fosenhalvøya outside Trondheim. Maria completed her bachelor's degree in music performance at the Music Academy in Gothenburg in 2012. The core of her musical work lies within the free-improvised, but she knows no genre limitations. She is active in several bands and projects, including Silverlight, Rugged Wilderness & Mountain Man No More and Støv, and she is working with improvised music in many different constellations - including duos with Vegard Lauvdal, Casey Moir and Nina de Heney, and in the improvising vocal ensemble Millefleur. She is also the … behind the concert series UPOP, a yearlong series of improvised music at Austrått.


Signe Irene Time has lately distinguished herself as a versatile vocalist, composer and improviser on the Norwegian jazz and improvisation scene. She has performed at many of the major jazz festivals and jazz clubs in Norway, among others Dølajazz, NattJazz, Kongsberg Jazzfestival and MaiJazz, where she was one of the festival's poster faces in 2013. She participates in several projects, for example the quartet "Significant Time," the chamber ensemble "Song Circus", "Jord og Jern", "Lausdrift" and Bjergsted Jazzensemble. She has worked with musicians such as Frode Gjerstad, John Paul Inderberg and Håvard Wiik, and is also working closely together with the composer Øyvind Dale. She is a graduate from the Jazz Departement at the University of Stavanger where she is taught by the likes of Elin Rosseland, Per Zanussi and Nils Henrik Asheim. She is a concert promoter for StaJazz, and is a member of the board of Stavanger Jazz Forum's concert series Blå:Trå. In 2012 she organized, together with Frode Gjerstad, the festival Stavanger Improv. She has received numerous awards and scholarships, including Time Kulturskulestipend in 2006, Time Kommunes Kulturstipend 2009, and in 2013 the University of Stavanger’s Musician’s Scholarship.


Agnes Hvizdalek is an improvising musician originating from Vienna’s experimental music scene and is based in Oslo and Vienna. From an early age, she has dedicated her life to new music and her fascination with the human voice. She celebrates this in her abstract vocal music, for which she has received international acclaim. Always exploring new horizons, Hvizdalek has engaged in numerous cross-disciplinary collaborations merging voice and visual and performance art, dance, theatre, film, writing.