August 18, 2017

Oddrun Lilja Jonsdottir

The rising jazz star Oddrun Lilja has been recognized as an authentic, exciting and virtuoso guitarist and composer from the Norwegian jazz- and folk music scene.


In addition to her worldwide touring with recognized bands such as Bugge Wesseltoft’s “New Conception of Jazz,” Frode Haltli’s “Avant Folk,” and “Moksha,” she has for many years travelled the world to play and perform with local musicians for longer periods.


It started at an age of 19 when she was invited to New York to perform with players such as Jay Rodriguez (Tupac Shakur, Erykah Badu, Marc Ribot), Alex Blake (Sun Ra, Billy Cobham, Pharaoh Sanders), Victor Jones (Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie), and Al McDowell (Whitney Houston, Ornette Coleman). 


Later, she has performed with traditional musicians in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Iceland and Nepal, to mention a few. She has played at the “West Bengal Classical Music Conference” and other raga festivals in India with the famous sitar player Ustad Ashraf Sharif Khan; at Festival “Noujoum Gnawa” in Morocco with the gnawa master Zakaria Houaoura; and teaching and performing music in a refugee camp in Lebanon with Palestinian musicians. 


All these journeys have given her a lot of knowledge about traditional music. With an urge to share some of these impressions with the world, she has written the new work “LILJA :hjem til verden.” The album consists of ten pieces, bearing the names as cities that she has visited. It features a star team of musicians such as Bugge Wesseltoft on piano, Sanne Rambags on vocal, Jo Skaansar on bass, Helge Norbakken on drums and producer Kåre Vestrheim. Some of the international traditional musicians LILJA has visited, do also appear on the recording, including Ustad Ashraf Sharif Khan (PA), Zakaria Houaoura (MA) and kids from the refugee camp in Tyr, Lebanon. “LILJA :hjem til verden” will be released on Jazzland Recordings, in April 2020.