Biography

TORA AUGESTAD, mezzo-soprano

”Tora Augestad is far more than an academically trained singer. She lives and suffers through her songs, taking her vocal and theatrical capabilities to the max.” Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

"At one of the festival's opening soirees Svante Henryson had mixed the habanera from Carmen with 'Waltz for Debbie' by Bill Evans, in a duo with the fabulous, operatically-trained jazz singer Tora Augestad. Augestad also fronted what for me was one of the festival's great hits: the sort-of-supergroup Music For A While, with Stian Carstensen on both accordion and pedal steel guitar, Mathias Eick on trumpet, Martin Taxt on tuba, and the drummer Pal Hausken (of In The Country).

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MUSIC THEATER

Collaboration with the Swiss director Christoph Marthaler, which began in 2010 with the premiere of Beat Furrer’s music theatre work Wüstenbuch (Klangforum Wien) has since then become a constant in Tora Augestad’s artistic life. Meine faire Dame, Marthaler’s reply to My Fair Lady, which after its success in Basel was taken up by Naples, Avignon, Edinburgh, and Paris, was followed by the Verdi homage Lo Stimolatore Cardiaco.

NORDIC ORIENT

Trygve Seim Rumi Songs (NO)
A hommage to the Sufi poet

The Persian Sufi poet Jalaladin Rumi has had a great influence upon music, dance, poetry and philosophy in several countries. An active theologist, mystic and poet in the 13th century, Rumi left behind a large number of written material that has been a source of inspiration for mystics, musicians and other creative souls to this day. This is manifested once again when Norwegian composer Trygve Seim and his ensemble perform their Rumi Songs – a symbiosis of Rumi’s beautiful poetry and Scandinavian contemporary music.

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