Two Norwegian jazz minds have put together a full album with just a microphone and a grand piano. On «Movies & Stories like this» they present nine self composed songs about intangible love. Hilde Louise's close voice is elegantly accompanied by Arums broad registre from bolero and tango to French waltz and jazz ballads.
Piaf, Brell and Weill are evident sources of inspiration.
Hilde Louise's lyrics spinn around both the minor and the major kinds of love.
From everyday relationships, the ones about which no films are made, but nevertheless carry with great drama, to the big love stories, where everything goes to pieces or has to be forced to its knees only to exist under cover.
Hilde Louise Asbjørnsen has released 11 albums since 2004, and continues to be an important part of the Norwegian jazz scene. Her latest album «Red Lips, Knuckles and Bones» was released on Ozella Music to great reviews. She is often described as "three parts Monroe and one part Holiday», and has nurtured an extensive career as a cabaret- artist and a musical actress on the side. Her latest solo performance and book by the name of «Stardust» is a tribute to 8 female legends from century past. The show is a great success in Norway, and is to visit Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2023.
Anders Aarum is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music in Agder, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Gothenburg Academy of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He has released 5 albums with his own compositions, the two last ones on Ozella Music, and worked as a pianist, producer and arranger to a number of prominent jazz names. Knut Riisnæs, Ola Kvernberg, Sonny Simmons, Nora Brockstedt, Sigurd Køhn, Julie Dahle Aagård, Randi Tytingvåg to mention some. In addition to his own trio, he regularly plays with Knut Riisnæs Quartet and Oslo Jazz Ensemble, and has been Asbjørnsen's pianist and producer since 2005.
Hilde Louise on Movies & Stories Like This:
I have thought a lot about how love owns us and governs our lives.
It can lie dormant for periods, but then, suddenly, it jumps up like a panther and takes control of everything. It comes in all shapes, and can cause deep longing, endless sorrow and divine happiness. It can make us hate, lie, steal and turn the most introverted dry stick into a generous and empathic lover. Love is greater than anything, and it never ceases to amaze me. It is complicated and whimsical, and changes character when you think you can trust it. I have never written a purely positive love song. This is not a tribute to greatness love, but a celebration of its mysteries