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Kristin Asbjørnsen

Kristin Asbjørnsen is a singer and composer. The last years Kristin’s song has been causing euphoria among reviewers and audiences.

Featured on a number of album releases, as well as a series of tours and festival performances in Europe, Kristin has focused mainly on work with her two permanent musical ensembles Dadafon and Krøyt, where her own compositions play a core role. She has won several National Music Awards.

September 25th saw the Norwegian release of Kristin Asbjørnsen’s long-awaited solo-album on Emarcy/Universal, based on Kristin’s interpretations of African-American Spirituals. The album was met with outstanding reviews!

Known for her very personal approach to songwriting, Kristin’s roots lies in both the singer/songwriter tradition and the groove-based world music. Her trademark sound is rich with contrasts and dynamics, with strong melancholy and a feisty devilish energy.

Kristin is a master of smooth and personal distortion as well as bright and complicated singing techniques, and West-African griot-singers are among her many sources of inspiration.

The last year Kristin has made her international debut as a film score composer for the movie «Factotum», based on a novel by Charles Bukowski. This is a Norwegian/American production by Bent Hamer/Jim Stark.

«Kristin is a phenomen as a singer!» (Helsingin Saunomat, Finland).

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The last years Kristin’s song has been causing euphoria among reviewers and audiences.

Her trademark sound is rich with contrasts and dynamics, with strong melancholy and a feisty devilish energy.

Featured on a number of album releases, as well as a series of tours in Europe, Kristin has focused mainly on work with her ensembles Dadafon and Krøyt where her own compositions play a core role. Kristin has won several national Music Awards and the last year Kristin made her international debut as a film score composer for the American movie “Factotum”, based on a novel by Charles Bukowski.

About the songs

16 years ago Kristin inherited a great number of relatively unknown spirituals from the Afro-American singer Ruth Reese. African-American spirituals are religious folksongs, passed down in the oral tradition by African slaves in the US, from the beginning of the 17th century.

Kristin says:

“I was immediately touched by the richness of these songs

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