Although the main focus of Nedland Kultur has been international projects, the small one-man company has also been involved in many Norwegian music projects, particularly music productions resulting in albums of music. These range from childrens songs to projects combining literature and music, productions highlighting new combinations of musical styles, as well as albums featuring one style of music, like folk, rock and jazz.
ILDEN I MITT HJERTE
The latest so far in the series of Nedland Kultur’s literary music productions. Jens Bjørneboe was one of the most important and influential poets in Norway during the 1950s and up until his death in 1976. The album “Iden i mitt hjerte” consists of Bjørneboe’s poems set to music by Arild Fredriksen. The album was released at the centenary of the author, in September 2020.
Fight Apathy is at the same time an international and a Norwegian music production. Some very profiled international artits participate, like Barry McGuire, Kris Kristofferson, Delbert McClinton, Roger McGuinn and Mick Fleetwood, but 28 out of the total 37 tracks on the double album are by Norwegian artists. These include top names in Norwegian music, like Åge Aleksandersen, Anne Grete Preus, Jonas Fjeld, Jan Eggum and many more. Some of them perform old protest songs in the original language, some sing Norwegian language versions, and all of them highligh the role of music as a medium of social and political comment and protest.
FOR DU SKIN IKKJE FOR DEG SJØLV
In 2007 Nedland Kultur was approached by the committee responsible for the 100 years celebrations in 2008 of Olav H. Hauge, one of Norway’s most central poets in the last half of the 20th century. The committee was planning several events during 2008 to focus on Hauge’s life and work, and they had decided to ask Nedland Kultur’s Sigbjørn Nedland to be project leader and musical producer of a CD with a selection of Olav H. Hauge’s poems.
This album combines the categories of “childrens songs” and “music & poetry”. Henrik Wergeland is probablythe major contender for the title “National Poet of Norway” He lived from 1808 to 1845, and wrote many kinds of literature – including poems for and about children. Cultural entrepreneur May Britt Haug approached Nedland Kultur with an idea to make an album of songs created out of Wergeland’s poetic child universe. Haug and Nedland challenged many Norwegian artists to make songs from the old poems, and the response was amazing.
NICE BUT EASY
Paul Weeden was an American gutarist who played with Wes Montgomery, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Jimi Hendrix, Coleman Hawkins and many more. He was also guitarist in The Count Basie Orchestra. In 1971 he moved to Norway, to become a key figure in jazz music in the country. In 2011 he lived in the small town of Flekkefjord, playing with a local jazz group that embraced his compositions, and who played them so well together with with him, that Nedland Kultur decided to make an album with the best of their inspired repertoire.
This is a weird one! Nedland kultur was contacted by two writers having selected poems that would complement each other, and form the basis for a music album. Melodies had been written and demo recordings made. Could we finsih this one together? The answer was yes, the poems and the melodies are good, but the recordings and the arrangements must be totally different if Nedland Kultur is going to be involved. And so it was. New arrangements, new artists and a new sound that the originators had never expected. And guess what: everybody was happy!
SANGE FRA MIN Ø
This is another literary music project from Nedland Kultur. Vilhelm Krag (1871 – 1933) is seen as the poet that defined the southernmost part of Norway in his poems. His descriptions of people and nature and mores of the coastal areas around the town of Kristiansand formed people’s perception of this part of the country. Although many of his poems had been set to music decades ago, Ivar Bøksle found so many gems in Krag’s work, that a whole new bouquet of beautiful melodies brought a new catalogue of poems to a new generation of listeners. Nedland Kultur took the challenge of transforming poems and melodies into a quality album.
This album is the result of the second collaboration between Nedland Kultur and singer/songwriter Anne Grimstad Fjeld. It contains 13 songs performed by Anne together with a selection of Norway’s leading musicians from pop, rock, folk and traditional music. Producer Sigbjørn Nedland of Nedland Kultur followed up the production from idea through the final mix and mastering.
Terje Vigen” is a dramatic poem by world famous Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen (second most played in the world after Shakespeare). It describes the dramatic saga of Terje who, during the Napoleonic wars, tried to run the British blockade of Norway’s southern coast in a small rowboat to provide food for his family. The poem is a national treasure, and known by every Norwegian. In 2000, Nedland Kultur teamed up with composer Ivar Bøksle and actor Helge Jordal to produce a full performance of the long poem with newly composed music, and a full studio production to be released on CD.
“The best collection of my songs that anyone has ever put together”. (Kris Kristofferson)
Little did the team working in a studio in Oslo in 1999 know that their work would be so highly appreciated by the artist they were interpreting. Having always considered Kris Kristofferson one of the best songwriters in this world, Nedland Kultur’s Sigbjørn Nedland was inspired to give some of Kristofferson’s best songs to a Norwegian audience, sung in Norwegian. He set about to re-interpret a selection of songs into Norwegian, and recruited the three artists that he trusted would give the best interpretations of these songs.
In 1999 the radio show “Barnetimen” (Children’s Hour) of NRK celebrated an increcible 75 years. It had been on the air each Saturday afternoon since 1924. Having been himself a contributor to the show, Sigbjørn Nedland was honored to be asked to put together an album of new recordings of songs from the long history of the children’s show. The resulting CD contained contributions from 15 Norwegian artists.
SELJÅSEN – DYRETRALL OG TROLLEVERS
This album came about after the singer/songwriter team of Anne Grimstad Fjeld and Egil Ødegård contacted Nedland Kultur with a batch of newly written songs for children, with nature and animals as a recurring theme. Nedland Kultur facilitated contacts with a record company and with the Children Programs Departement of NRK, Norwegian Broadcasting, suggesting that they should make a TV series based on the songs. NRK agreed. With all this in place, the production of the music could commence.
KVIRRE VIRRE VITT
This album is the first of several albums with music and songs for children from Nedland Kultur. NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) asked Sigbjørn Nedland to make a selection of songs from the radio show for called children “Barnetimen for de minste” , and from the general heritage of Norwegian children’s songs. The idea was to celebrate the show wiht new, updated versions of the songs. As Nedland had himself grown up listening to this show almost daily from an early age, and as he had himself, in his capacity as radio producer, been responsible for a few series for the show, the decision to say yes to the challenge was very easy.
Jan Engervik comes from the area where Nedland Kultur’s Sigbjørn Nedland spent his teens – and was known to Nedland as a good local folk singer in the traditional maritime style of songs from the Southern part of Norway. So when Jan turned up with a batch of new, fresh, humorously philosphical, funny and highly characteristic songs that he had assembled, there was no doubt that they would be heading for a studio together! These wongs were too good to be ignored, and they deserved to be made available to everyone.
MED BLANKE ARK.
This album was released the year that Alf Prøysen would have been 80. Sadly, he died already in 1970, only 56 years of age, but he lives on as one of the best and most loved singers, authors, songwriters and storytellers Norway has ever fostered. Therefore it was a big challenge to produce an album celebrating what is best characterised as a national treasure: Songs that every Norwegian knows, and that project leader Sigbjørn Nedland grew up with himself. Songs that have created proverbs in the Norwegian language. Songs filled with wisdom and deep understanding of humanity, as well as humour and social commentary.