mattisogjonas

Mattis Myrland & Jonas H. Sjøvaag are active musicians on the Norwegian music scene, both with a background from the State Academy of Music in Oslo. They collaborate with other musicians, such as Ingrid Olava, Eple Trio and Karl Seglem, amongst others, and have a broad spectrum of influences and interests.

The project mattisogjonas (mattis and jonas) is a result of years of work with improvised music and jazz, and an effort to combine the improvisational structures from these fields with the ear-catching dogma of modern pop music. The songs, however, differ greatly from the standard pop format, both in length and delivery and provide an alternate way of communication that is modern in terms of instrument usage, form and function, and expression.

At the same time, the music pays homage to the tradition of spoken word, and William Burroughs is a main source of inspiration here. So, spoken word + electronics + improvisation and a profound command of language is, in essence, mattisogjonas.

News

Music from Norway | By John Kelman

3 years 10 months ago

"Why and how has the Norwegian scene managed to build such a reputation, not just on its own turf but around the world? There are a number of answers to that question, but first and foremost is a commitment to the arts that began more than 40 years ago and which has, unlike so many other countries, remained a priority ever since. When Sverre Lunde, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spoke at the 2013 Punkt Festival in Kristiansand – announcing that, after nine years, the Ministry would be providing some well-deserved (and much needed) financial support to the festival, and that Punkt was now considered amongst the country’s elite events – what was, perhaps, an even more compelling statement was that the country’s goal has been to devote a full one percent of its budget to culture. That means that last year, in 2012, ten billion Norwegian Kroners – nearly 1.7 billion US dollars – was devoted to the arts. As a Canadian in a bilingual country, there’s a French word to describe this: incroyable!"

Read more here: http://musicnorway.no/2013/10/28/music-from-norway-just-how-important-is...

Music video: And there you were

4 years 4 months ago

The Norwegian duo mattisogjonas moves fluently between the genres of pop, improvised music and electronica, and have just recorded a new song suited for the pop segment more than anything else they have done. The song is called ''And There You Were' and is an epic tale of love to life, to eternity and to the human lifespan of birth and death. It takes you out in the vast cosmos, a trillion years into the future, and back when the main characters of the song imploodes into each other through a collision of particles in the CERN Large Hadron Collider. This is a song about the large scale, and about endless space.

'And There You Were' - text & lyrics by Jonas Howden Sjøvaag.
Recorded by Jonas Howden Sjøvaag and Mattis Myrland.

Mixed by George Tanderø. Mastered by Chris Sansom.

Video by Kristof Brandl
mattisogjonas.com

Exciting month: September

3 years 10 months ago

We’re going to play several concerts this month. First out is Jon Balke’s festival MOMBI, located in Søndre Land, which is a two hour drive from Oslo. More info here: madstun.no. Next one is arranged by Kirkelig Kulturverksted and happens in Kulturkirken Jakob, Oslo, on September 16th. This is a part of the series ‘Mathias Eick Presenterer’. Then, we’ll play at Norsk Maritimt Museum as a part of Oslo Kulturnatt. This happens at September 24th.

So, in short:
September 4th: MOMBI2010, Søndre Land
September 16th: Kulturkirken Jakob, Oslo
September 24th: Norsk Maritimt Museum, Oslo Kulturnatt

Welcome!

Ready for UK release on Million Records

3 years 10 months ago

Mattis Myrland & Jonas H. Sjøvaag are active musicians on the Norwegian music scene, both with a background from the State Academy of Music in Oslo. They collaborate with other musicians, such as Ingrid Olava, Eple Trio and Karl Seglem, amongst others, and have a broad spectrum of influences and interests. The project mattisogjonas (mattis and jonas) is a result of years of work with improvised music and jazz, and an effort to combine the improvisational structures from these fields with the ear-catching dogma of modern pop music. The songs, however, differ greatly from the standard pop format, both in length and delivery and provide an alternate way of communication that is modern in terms of instrument usage, form and function, and expression. At the same time, the music pays homage to the tradition of spoken word, and William Burroughs is a main source of inspiration here. So, spoken word + electronics + improvisation and a profound command of language is, in essence, mattisogjonas.

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Contact info

Jonas H. Sjøvaag
+47 928 42 902

project members

Jonas Howden Sjøvaag
vocals
keys
drums
electronics
Mattis Myrland
vocals
harmonium
guitar
electronics
keys