John Erik Kaada

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John Erik Kaada
John Erik Kaada 2012.jpg
Kaada in 2012
Background information
Also known as Kaada
Born (1975-07-28) July 28, 1975 (age 40)
Stavanger, Rogaland
Origin Norway
Genres Experimental music
Electronic music
Film score
Avant-garde
Vocal music
Classical
Noise music
Instrumental pop
Trip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, drums, electronics, samples, keyboards, guitars, bass, flute, harp
Years active 1996 — present
Labels Ipecac, Kaada Recordings
Associated acts Kaada/Patton, Cloroform
Website www.kaada.no

John Erik Kaada (born July 28, 1975 in Stavanger, Norway) is a Norwegian singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Kaada career spans a string of solo albums, motion picture soundtracks, high-profile collaborations with key players such as Mike Patton, as well as numerous live appearances at home and abroad.

Discography[edit]

John Erik Kaada (left) performing with KAADA ORKESTER.

Solo albums[edit]

Kaada´s debut in a recorded format came with his 2001 solo album Thank You for Giving Me Your Valuable Time. A musical blend of woo-wop, show tunes and jungle rhythms into a coherent mix of live instrumentation and electronic elements, fusing elements of five decades of popular music. Thank You for Giving Me Your Valuable Time firmly established Kaada as a key voice on Norway´s blossoming music scene. The album was named as one of the ten most important releases of the year by Billboard (magazine)

2006 saw the release of Music for Moviebikers (Ipecac Recordings), a collection of lush arrangements set as soundtracks for imaginary films. The album features an evocative quality as it sets out to bring the two musical worlds of Kaada together; the one of the recording artist with the cinematic film music one. The albums´s 22-strong ensemble consists of traditional instrumentation with strings, vocals and electric guitars as well as homemade instruments and some exotic folk music performers hailing from various corners of Europe. The strings were recorded in the Vigeland mausoleum in Oslo.

2009 ´s outing Junkyard Nostalgias with its myriad sounds and instruments. The album was conceived as a self-proclaimed homage to the thousands of Polish workers that have come to Norway to earn a better living and to fuel the country´s economy with cheap labour. Junkyard Nostalgias featured Kaada playing all of the instruments on the album, solidifying his very personal universe of sound. Kaada have said about the album that he made it to justify buying hundreds of instruments on ebay

Kaada/Patton albums[edit]

A milestone in Kaada´s career came in 2004 with the release of the album Romances - a joint effort with Faith No More and Tomahawk (band) vocalist Mike Patton An eerily addicting work with inspirations from classical music, Romances features the two composers working in tandem to create a slow-moving large piece based in late romanticism which again is made up of nine smaller pieces, resembling a symphony’s compositional structure. In many ways, ‘Romances’ pays homage to Kaada’s musical upbringing that included classical training from age 6 to 20 and a repertoire spanning form Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Béla Bartók. The titles are lifted from old pieces from the Romantic period.

2007 saw the release of Kaada/Patton´s Kaada/Patton Live DVD (Ipecac Recordings) – a live recording from the 2005 Roskilde Festival featuring a seven-piece ensemble playing mostly the repertoire of Romances . The outing features the full festival set as well as behind the scenes from the key event.

Kaada and Patton have maintained their musical bond over the last decade. Spring 2016 sees the much-anticipated release of their new joint effort ´Bacteria Cult (Kaada/Patton album)´.

Cloroform albums[edit]


Another key arena for Kaada´s compositional as well as improvisational output has been the exploratory trio Cloroform. Highly active from 1998 to 2006, the trio released six critically acclaimed albums and toured extensively. Double bass, drums, keys and distorted vocals form the frame for Cloroform’s highly-charged live sets and studio recordings. The trio made the transition from an underground act on the domestic scene to a live favourite on European stages, earning them a loyal following all over Europe.

DVD Releases[edit]

Film music[edit]

A core component of Kaada´s career has been composing film scores, beginning with 2000´s low-budget domestic success ´Mongoland´ which generated considerable demand for his compositional skills. 2002 saw Kaada being bestowed with "the Golden Clapboard Prize" at the Amanda Award – the Norwegian equivalent to The Oscars at the time being the youngest filmworker to receive the prestigious award. In the ensuing decade, Kaada would go on to compose scores for some of the most successful domestic films as well as several international productions, earning him numerous awards for his distinct compositional style.

One of Kaada´s most notable international film score successes came in 2014 with the French blockbuster La liste de mes envies The motion picture, which featured a cast of major French actors, was box office hit in France and Belgium and resulted in a successful soundtrack released through Pathé.

Composing for films was something that I took up rather coincidentally, relates Kaada. - "I had not intended to pursue that direction and had no formal training, but at some point, writing film scores was what I did. In the beginning it was quite stressful and made me nervous, but now I'm enjoying the work much more, thinking of it as a compositional playground. Orchestration and sonorous experimentation are the fields that I really enjoy delving into these days. Working on film scores enables me to create unconventional instrument ensembles. I'm also doing music for documentaries and television scores in between film scores. TV gigs is a great composers' workshop, because you have the opportunity to experiment with small ensembles and develop composing and arranging skills." Kaada´s TV-music works has been heard on CNN, CBS, Fox and in relation to shows like Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Oprah, The superbowl, Jay Leno, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, 60 Minutes and NBA Tonight.

Selected Film Scores[edit]

Country Film Director Year
 Finland Diving into the unknown Juan Reina 2016
 USA Sunshine Superman(movie) Marah Strauch 2015
 Norway 1001 Grams Bent Hamer 2014
 France La liste de mes envies Didier Le Pêcheur 2014
 Sweden Flimmer Patrik Eklund 2012
 Norway Home for Christmas Bent Hamer 2010
 Norway O' Horten Bent Hamer 2008
 Norway The Man Who Loved Yngve Stian Kristiansen 2008
 USA The Lost Chris Sivertson 2006
 Norway Hawaii, Oslo Erik Poppe 2004
 Sweden Tur & retur Ella Lemhagen 2003
 Norway 7th Heaven Steffan Strandberg 2004
 USA Journey Warren Miller 2003
 Norway Alt om min far Even Benestad 2002
 Norway Mongoland Arild Østin Ommundsen 2000

Soundtrack Releases[edit]

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