SISU live on radio

24th February 2011

SISU and Geir Johnsen on a

SISU and Geir Johnsen on a “workshop” day in Nordmarka, Oslo.

In connection to the upcoming concert at “Parkteateret”, hosts from the radio programme “Kulturhuset” made a visit to our rehearsal studio wednesday 23rd.
Here, SISU played an excerpt from the piece “3.33.33”. In addition, the composer Geir Johnsen, and SISUs artistic director Tomas Nilsson, gave an interview presenting the background to the piece. Here, Johnsen explained in excellent manner why the coupling of long-distance skiing and percussion makes perfect sense.

To hear the whole interview log on to the link below.
Then click on the icon marked “Kulturhuset, 23.02.22, 15.03”


A new cd with music by the Norwegian composer Synne Skouen, “Call-notes”,has just been released.
SISU is participating on the recording, performing the piece “Pocet music”.
Among others, the Norwegian radio orchestra, Ellen Ugelvik, Ruth Wilhelmine Meyers and Oslo string quartet are also participating on the cd.

The cd recieved very good reviews, and we congratulate Synne on the release!

Classic Winter, Parkteateret 03.03

7th January 2011

3rd of march SISU premiere Geir Johnsons “3.33.33”.
This concert takes place during the World championships in skiing, nordic disiplinces 2011.
The concert is an attempt to make a crossover between art music and long distance skiing.

The central piece this night is the piece “3.33.33”.
It is based on a monologue by the writer Thorvald Steen, about the Finnish skier Veikko Hakulinen, winner of the 50 km in the 1952 Olympics in Oslo. He finished the race in 3 hours 33 minutes 33 seconds.

The piece is written by Geir Johnson in collaboration with SISU

The ensemble also give a premiere of music by John Erik Kaada

Also, we will be joined by friends from Ho Chi Minh concervatory, Vietnam.

Sisu playing Black Metal at the Ultima Festival 2010

13th September 2010

Glenn Erik Haugland makes excellent use of different black metal and late romantic references in his very entertaining piece “Svart Metall/Black Metal” written for SISU and performed together with Bodø Sinfonietta and Trond Korsgaard at the Ultima Music Festival in Oslo on September 12th 2010 at Riksscenen.

Here are a couple of photos from the concert. All, of course, in glorious black and (some) white.
(Photos by Lars Igesund)

Photos from the concert at the Oslo Opera, SISU “warming up” for GÅTE

24th August 2010

On friday August 20th 2010, SISU did the “warm-up” thing before famous Norwegian rock group GÅTE entered the stage at the roof of the Oslo Opera, as part of the “Summer at the Opera” series of outdoor concerts at the iconic white roof.

GÅTE is known for using folk music as basis for their rock tunes. When SISU, together with folk musician and singer Øyonn Groven Myhren, started off with an edited version of RUNARTROMMA, a work by Øyonn and SISU based on an old folk ballad, they really set an intriguing medieval mood for GÅTE to enter into. LI

Den Norske Opera og Ballett website

All photos: Lars Igesund

SISU på operataket

18th August 2010

As part of the concertseries “Summer at the opera”, SISU will be playing on top of the roof of the Norwegian operahouse friday 20.08.

Prior to the concert with the norwegian band “Gåte”, SISU, together with singer Øyonn Groven Myhren, will present material from their repertoire
various places on the roof, and on the main stage.

Also, on the main stage, they will perform pieces from the performance “Runartromma”, by Øyonn.

Gates open 6pm.
SISU and Øyonn will perform on the roof from 7 pm.
“Runartromma” is performed on the main stage 9 pm.


The medieval ballad “Runartromma” is the tale of a young maiden who in her childhood is predicted to die on her weddingday.
Despite the gloomy prediction she decides to get married.
Tears running down her face, she rides off to her wedding and her destiny..

Øyonn Groven Myhren, from Ekeberg, Oslo, has for a number of years been one the the leading artists on the norwegian folkmusic scene.
Singing, composing and playing the norwegian medieval Lyra, she is one of a small number of persons keeping the tradition of medieval ballads alive. In 2002 she recieved the norwegian equivalent to the Grammy award (Spelemannsprisen) for the album “Nivelkinn”, together with artist Odd Nordstoga.

For more about Runartromma:
For more about “Summer at the opera”:

SISU and THAA rehearsal

5th August 2010

This is how it looks like when SISU and THAA rehearse for the concert Sunday august 8 at the Mela Festival.

SISU recived support for a new commission by The british composer James Wood

28th July 2010

SISU recived support from Norwegian art council for a new commission by the british composer James Wood.
The piece is scheduled to have world premier in 2012.

SISU has recieved support for a new commission by Kevin Volans

SISU has recieved support from norwegian art council for a new commission from the irish/south african composer Kevin Volans.
The new Volans piece will be for orchestra and SISU trio and scheduled to have world premier in spring 2012.

Two breathtaking performances of Runartromma! Have a look at the pictures.

21st June 2010