Singer and songwriter Kristin Asbjørnsen is one of the most distinguished artists on the vibrating extended music scene in Norway. Over the last decade, she has received overwhelming international response from critics and the public alike for her personal and unique musical expression.
The outstanding Norwegian singer has featured on a number of album releases, as well as a series of tours and festival performances in Europe. She has won several national Music Awards. In France, Kristin became the winner of the Mondomix Babel Med prize 2009 and she won Spellemannsprisen (the Norwegian equivalent to Grammy Award) for her album“The night shines like the day” (totally based on her own lyrics and music).
Kristin has a unique voice and her trademark sound is rich with contrasts and dynamics, with strong melancholy and a feisty devilish energy. Known for her very personal approach to song writing, Kristin’s roots lies in both the singer/songwriter tradition and the groove-based world music. Her music is a powerful, mesmerizing beautiful exploration; quiet and intense, with an incredibly strong awareness in the way Kristin is approaching the songs.
Spring 2016 saw a new, captivating collaboration between Kristin Asbjørnsen, the Senegalese kora player Ablaye Cissoko and the Norwegian guitarist Olav Torget. Kristinwas invited by Global Oslo Music to compose new songs, and the commissioned work called «Traces of you» was performed at Caféteatret in Oslo, March, 2016. More concerts coming up during autumn 2016, including Olavsfestdagene in Trondheim 3rd August and Oslo World Festival (Riksscenen) 3rd November.
2013/2014 saw the release of Kristin´s enchanting and critically acclaimed solo album “I´ll meet you in the morning”(via Emarcy/Universal) followed by an extended tour in Norway, Germany, Austria, Spain and France with Kristin Asbjørnsen Ensemble. The music affectionately reveals her enduring passion for African American spirituals as well as her own compositions; warm, intimate and soulful interpretations that flows, touchingly grounded in Kristin’s unique voice and with a haunting and distinctive ensemble sound.
Kristin´s previous solo albums “The night shines like the day” (2009) and “Wayfaring stranger – a spiritual songbook” (2006) were also released across Europe (Emarcy). All the albums, as well as extended touring in Europe, were met with outstanding reviews. “Wayfaring stranger” sold to Platinum in Norway.
During 2016 Kristin will continue to perform in Europe, in different duo, trio and quartet formats, combining songs from her latest album with her earlier work “The night shines like the day” and “Wayfaring stranger” as well as introducing new songs.
In 2005 Kristin made her international debut as a film score composer for the American movie “Factotum”, based on a novel by Charles Bukowski (Bent Hamer /Jim Stark Prod). The film and the soundtrack received a lot of international acclaim and Factotum was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Kristin’s soundtrack album is released on the French/Am label Milan Records.
During many years Kristin focused mainly on work with her permanent musical ensembles Kvitretten, DADAFON and KRØYT, where her own compositions played a core role.
Kristin collaborates with piano player Tord Gustavsen (incl Tord Gustavsen’s Ensemble “Restored, Returned” 2010 ECM). She has collaborated with the Malien singer Rokia Traore (2005). In 2010 Kristin toured in South Africa with the worldwide known accapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Together they did the Opening Concert at Molde Jazz Festival2014. Kristin received her formal musical education from the Jazz Department at the Trondheim Music Conservatory, Norway.