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Rise Festival London

It’s summer and I’m lazy, I wish I could say I’m enjoying the sunny weather, well at least for today that’s true. I’ve got a new story up on my other blog about London’s Rise Festival in Finsbury Park. 

You can access it via

and read more about CSS, Jimmy Cliff, Bassekou Kouyate, The Massukos and Emmanuel Jal.


Massukos and Etyl

More music updates on my other blog on myspace:

A live gig review of French singer Etyl, from her concert in Paris last week and a more recent review of the lovely Massukos who played at Hackney Empire. Also a short mention of a few other bands who played at the Hackney Empire gig, which contributed to one of the less fun music listenings experienced in a while, they were I am a Kamura, The Boycott Coca-Cola Experience and Mayming. 


Esbjörn Svensson Trio – e.s.t

It’s with great sadness that I write the following few lines… one of Sweden’s most fantastic pianists and composer Esbjörn Svensson died over the weekend in a diving accident just outside Stockholm, only 44 years old. 

His band e.s.t – Esbjörn Svensson Trio – are considered one of the most successful European jazz bands, and very popular in Germany, France and the UK. Personally, I heard their name more here in the UK than I ever did in Sweden and I remember after seeing their gig at the Barbican I got my Tuesday Wonderland album signed and exchanged a few words with him, a very humble and kind man, with a big smile. 

Esbjörn Svensson started the trio e.s.t in 1990 together with bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Magnus Öström.

The band themselves claimed to be a pop band playing jazz music, but even the rock and electronic elements are present in their experimental, melodic songs. Maybe this is also why they appealed to music lovers beyond the jazz sphere. Cultures and countries meet in the beautiful music of the trio so it’s not a wonder then that their success has reached worldwide status. Their songs were found on both pop and jazz charts and as well as receiving awards for best jazz act and best composer in Sweden, the band also got international awards for their fusion like and innovative jazz. 

Their best performances where live, bringing together visual effets and lighting and their music inviting you to write your own lyrics and paint your own images. EST had just finished recording their 12th album.

© Copyright Elisavet Sotiriadou, June 2008

Robyn and Sam Sparro

Robyn and Sam Sparro reviews are up on my site

You’ll find it on the blog on myspace, front page!

Robyn is a big surprise, fantastic performance, catch her while you can, still a few gigs in the UK!


Valkyrien Allstars, Stor Overraskelse and Sam Sparro

A few updates on my myspace blog:

A short review of the Oslo gig with Valkyrien Allstars and Stor Overraskelse, and on a separate note, details how to access and listen to my interview with Sam Sparro!

Find the information on my blog on myspace!

Elisavet Sotiriadou

Oslo in 19 pictures

One of the marinas

Sunshine and hot weather as I arrived, not great picture quality, as all pictures were taken with a poor mobile phone camera. This above is one of the marinas as you enter Oslo from the airport Torp.

As soon as I arrived I unloaded my bags and headed to a bar called Blå, in the trendier Grunelökka area of Oslo. But on the way I saw this copper spaceship where music was coming from. As you see this band is setting up for their gig, all around there were caravans, a hangout place for musicians? I didn’t have any time to stick around and ask as I was going to the soundcheck of Norwegian band Valkyrien Allstars.

Valkyrien had just started soundcheck as I walked into to this industrial looking venue, with discoballs and a globe hanging from its ceiling. Even though this is just soundcheck, it sounded brilliant.

Above you see the riverside terasse outside Blå and the colourful graffitti art all around the nearby area.

The surrounding buildings, most of them old style warehouses are used for rehearsal space and studios and there was a lot of music coming out of everywhere as I was walking down this street. Even NRK (Norwegian public broadcasting service) was here on this street, filming a tv-series.

As I said, poor quality on my phone camera. But in the picture above is Stor Overraskelse…. meaning big surprise! This is their name, a Norwegian, brilliant hip-hop band with an extremely talented beat boxer Julian taking a break, at the right of the picture.

The rappers where playing for an international crowd who were attending the Wergelandskonferansen this very night so they brought in extra reinforcment, Mr Anthony who was rapping away in English. The aim of the conference was to build bridges through the means of culture and art between the Middle East and the West.

This is a typical Norwegian fiddle, called Hardingfele, it has a set of strings, below the strings the musicians play upon, and they are vibrating and creating a sound that accompanies the other strings when they are played upon. A beautiful instrument!!

This is the Scream, by Edward Munch.

It was a sunny hot day, a lot of people resorted to the beach, here in Hukodden, just outside Oslo, no sandy beaches, but that didn’t seem to stop the Norwegian vikings from jumping into the water.

© Copyright Elisavet Sotiriadou, June 2008

Bassekou Kouyate and Umbrella

The latest entries on my other blog at:

include a short story on Bassekou Kouyate, a musician from Mali who plays the ngoni, a West African desert lute that sounds amazing. Even though he’s been playing music for many years and worked with Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré and Youssou N’dour, it is only sometime last year that we started hearing of his own solo debut album Segu Blue and his fantastic music. The blog also includes details of how to access the radio feature I have done about him, his music and the griot traditions of Mali online. The programme aired on radio yesterday, but is available for another 29 days on the internet. 

My second story on the same blog is about Rihanna’s song Umbrella and its many different versions of that R’n’B hit from last summer. 

Enjoy the read and have a good week!

Elisavet Sotiriadou