To planeter i samme bane
This is Jonas Sjøvaag's debut as a folk singer with the song "To planeter i samme bane" (Two Planets in the Same Orbit), and he emerges as an artist rooted in the Norwegian folk music tradition led by Lillebjørn Nilsen, Jan Eggum, Bjørn Eidsvåg, and Odd Nordstoga. With vivid lyrics that appeal to an adult audience, Sjøvaag brings folk singing back to the eastern part of Norway and sings about an everyday life that most people can relate to. It's a song where the glass is half full rather than half empty, where the most important thing is the people around us, and about a daily life interrupted by sudden impulses.
Jonas Howden Sjøvaag, known as a composer and percussionist in Eple Trio, one of Norway's most interesting piano trios, has made good use of 2015. The quiet release of the masterpiece "Navyelectre Large Ensemble" marked the beginning of the year, followed by the recording and release of the album 'Ancient Land, New Territory' with bass maestro Arild Andersen, and led to the recording of this first single in a new Norwegian folk music project.
Thus, 2016 starts appropriately with a danceable 16-beat rhythm that draws us into an everyday story where the most important thing is the people around us, and everyday life, with moods that are recognizable to most, takes top priority.
Sjøvaag has previously been active in Navyelectre, an orchestra with a diverse lineup that has received praise from both domestic and international press for their live performances and released albums over the years. He is also the man behind several other ensembles ranging from jazz to electronic pop, improvisational music to avant-garde traditional music, and now, finally, he makes his debut in Norwegian with the song "To planeter i samme bane."