The harp meets the people
After studies in Oslo, Norway, Indiana, USA, and Copenhagen, Denmark, she has been living her dream. Sidsel is a highly sought after musician, both as a soloist with her own exiting projects and as a chamber musician. She is the solo harpist in The Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Kringkastingsorkesteret), a position she previously held in the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra.
One of the most thrilling characteristics of Sidsel’s artistic life is her ability to cross genres and to transgress and expand the traditional definition of harp music. Clearly, in her use of electrical harps she has been a pioneer, exploring new musical terrain where fuzz and funky rhythms are musical elements in extraordinary interaction with traditional harp sound. This musical versatility is evident in her extensive collaboration with leading Norwegian artists representing many musical expressions: Åge Aleksandersen, Sissel Kyrkjebø, Silje Nergaard, Magnet, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Solveig Kringlebotn, Secret Garden, Helene Bøksle, and many others. She has demonstrated her versatility and musical inventiveness on many concert tours in Norway and abroad. She has also been featured at many festivals.
The coolest project yet, is Sidsel’s ice-harp. Sidsel has since 2010 cooperated with renowned “ice-musician” Terje Isungset, and together they have developed the largest iceharp in the world. Sidsel was featured at the opening concert at the Ice Music Festival in 2010 at Geilo, Norway. The same year Sidsel brought ice-music to new heights, playing in the Alps, at 3000 meter above sea level.
Sidsel is clearly a harpist beyond the ordinary! Sidsel surprises, fascinates and captivates her audiences!