Traces of You
– Kristin Asbjørnsen – vocal
– Ablaye Cissoko – kora and vocal
– Olav Torget – guitars and vocal
Touched by the Senegalese griot Ablaye Cissoko’s enchanting musical approach in his album “Le Griot rouge”, the Norwegian singer Kristin Asbjørnsen saw the invitation from Global Oslo Music as a great opportunity to explore a new musical meeting. She also wanted to invite her long-term guitarist Olav Torget, a musician that has been very important in enriching her musical landscape.
The commissioned work by Global Oslo Music and the new collaborative project was performed for the first time at Cafeteatret in Oslo, March, 2016. The concert was met with outstanding response and was followed by more festival concerts Autumn 2016/spring 2017.
The expression is tender with a quiet intensity, carried forward by an incredibly strong awareness in the way the musicians are approaching the songs – with powerful musical performances and with deep beauty. It’s soulful music that flows, touchingly grounded in Kristin’s unique voice and her songs. The music shows traces of West African dance rhythms, Nordic contemporary jazz and contemplative church music.
“Traces of you” embraces the complexity and beauty of belonging. The songs carry strong imprints of loss and love – a journey of transforming moments of life.
About the project with Kristin Asbjørnsen/Ablaye Cissoko/Olav Torget
Live at Caféteatret i Oslo, 12. March 2016