Hilde Hefte

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Hilde Hefte

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«The jazz-singer who manage to get the whole jazz-country to stop and listen.»

These words came from one of the most respected jazz journalists in Norway (Roald Helgheim) when he wrote his review about Hilde Hefte's new album 'Short Stories' (released 2013) and he is referring to her first solo-recording 'Round Chet's Midnight'.

And he continued - and said about her latest recording: «Hilde Hefte's most important decision. The jazz singer Hilde Hefte said she had to do something new, and she has done so with bravour.»

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Grants and prizes:
Vest-Agder County Council’s working grant.

Fund for performing Art's travelling grant.

Kristiansand Council's artist grant and Fegersteens working grant.

Vest-Agder County Council's artist grant.

Fund for Performing Art's travelling grant.

Kristiansand Council's artist grant and Kristiansand

Byspillkomitè - Culture prize.
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Short Stories

Ponca Jazz Records (2013)

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Press about Hilde Hefte's new album Short Stories - PJRCD 124, released April 2013:

The National Newspaper DAGSAVISEN:
Hefte goes in a different direction on her brilliant solo-release.
Hilde Hefte’s most important decision. The jazz singer Hilde Hefte said she had to do something new, and she has done so with bravour. Roald Helgheim

The Newsapper LILLEHAMMER BYAVIS: 6 on the dice:
(...) «You Leave Me Breathless» is so undescribable beautiful in this version

The Newspaper GUDBRANDSDØLEN: 5 on the dice:
Very versatile from Hilde Hefte

The Newspaper FEDRELANDSVENNEN (Fvn): 5 on the dice
Brave woman.
(...) It is of course not enough being brave if you want to receive 5 on the dice in this newspaper. But when one first take the challence Hilde Hefte i challenging her listeners to take on ’Short Stories’, you will get more back than you ever thought you would receive.
(…) A small minimalistic recording, but so very very big. Rune Slyngstad

The National Newspaper DAGBLADET: 5 on the dice:
Well tuned phrases
(...) So in control in her phrasings and with a indisputable control over her voice. Both here in small, transparent formats and in larger sound-enviroments.
(...)in a brilliant and glittering way, she is exposing herself without any kind of musical safety-net.
(...) and when her duo-partner Kapstad shows up as the pianist in «But Beautiful» and «You Leave Me Breathless», this is also happening with that type of authority which peels of everything that’s not needed and leave the essential sound undisturbed. Terje Mosnes

Jazz magazines:

Jazz fra Bryggeriet (Jazz from the Brewery) (Online): 6 out of 6 stars
(…) Everything beautifully put together to what has become a very beautiful and varied record.

The Norwegian Jazz Magazine JAZZNYTT:
(...) a new, beautiful and varied album from Hilde Hefte and her fantastic fellow musicians. Nice work Hilde, and don't wait 6 years to release your next album.Kyrre Rosenvinge

NRK (National Broadcasting Company) Jazz departement (About the CD with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra): GRAND! With their musical evening in Prague Hilde Hefte and Egil Kapstad put themselves quietly and calm in the world-elite-class.(...)This is how far the 20th century came, they've said it all. Erling Wicklund NRK


Album: Short Stories / Cat. No.: PJRCD 124
Release from the distribution: April 5th. 2013
(For track-list - scroll down :)


6 years have past since Hilde Hefte released the album ‘An evening in Prague’ together with jazz quartet and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; a record which got the most wonderful reviews from all around the world.

So what do you do after such a success? Well, Hilde turns around and do the quite opposite and take the music down to either standing alone in her music or in a duo format.

This record is like a collection of short stories therefore the album title.

Hilde is saying: ‘It is either duo-converstations or conversations with myself. This is something I had to do. I had to challenge myself to be able to move on.’

The album contains genres we believe some of you are not expecting to find on a ‘Hefte-album’, and you will also find constellations almost never recorded in the genre of jazz before; like duo harp and vocal.

On harp is the well known Norwegian harpist Sidsel Walstad and she is performing some outstanding harp-arrangements written by Egil Kapstad.

This time Hilde is doing a lot more herself – she is writing most of the music arrangements herself, playing several of the instruments and last, but not the least; singing several tracks a cappella.

To receive the dimention and the depth she wanted for this album she decided to bring in a much younger person than herself to be the producer. She chose Simen Hefte Endresen. And what a clever move to bring in a person who is listening to music in a different manner than herself.

Simen is Hilde’s son and she is saying….‘it is very special being able to work with your son on such premises, and at the same time knowing you didn’t ask him because he is your son, but because he’s one of the best.’

Challenging project for Hefte? Yes!

Genre-wise it goes from jazz, alternative and pop-music to folk-tunes, but we have to say; you will find several really wonderful jazz ballads too.

Is she happy? Yes!

Hefte quote: ‘More than happy; and at the same time very proud. I have done something I’ve never done before, because I’ve been afraid to try; so on these premises this album is the best I’ve ever recorded.’

Musicians duo together with Hefte:

Sidsel Walstad harp

Egil Kapstad piano

John Pål Inderberg soprano sax

Fredrik Sahlander double bass


1. Mercy Street - Peter Gabriel (Hilde Hefte – vocal/Fredrik Sahlander - bass)
2. O tysta ensamhet (Visan från Utanmyra) - Olof von Dalin/Trad. (Hilde Hefte – all vocals/ A cappella)
3. My Bells - Gene Lees/Bill Evans (Hilde Hefte - vocal/Sidsel Walstad – harp)
4. O Pato - Neuza Teixeira/Jayme Silva/Jon Hendricks (Hilde Hefte – vocal and guitar/Simen Hefte Endresen – egg)
5. But Beautiful - Johnny Burke/Jimmy Van Heusen (Hilde Hefte - vocal/Egil Kapstad – piano)
6. My Romance - Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers (Hilde Hefte - vocal/Sidsel Walstad – harp)
7. In Germany Before The War - Randy Newman (Hilde Hefte - all vocals & all instruments; wind-chime, glockenspiel, metallophone)
8. Danny’s All-Star Joint - Rickie Lee Jones (Hilde Hefte – all vocals / A cappella)
9. White Night - Hilde Hefte/Jon Larsen (Hilde Hefte – all vocals / A cappella)
10. You Leave Me Breathless - Ralph Freed/Frederick Hollander (Hilde Hefte - vocal/Egil Kapstad – piano)
11. Jag vet en dejlig rosa - Trad. (Hilde Hefte - vocal/Sidsel Walstad – harp)
12. Fløtervise - Andreas Lunnan (Hilde Hefte - piano/John Pål Inderberg – soprano sax)

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