Mari Kvien Brunvoll

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Mari Kvien Brunvoll
Stein Urheim og Mari Kvien Brunvoll (201934).jpg
Mari Kvien Brunvoll performs in St. Edmund Church during the 2015 Oslo Jazzfestival.
Background information
Born (1984-02-20) 20 February 1984 (age 35)
Molde, Møre og Romsdal
GenresElectronica, Jazz, Traditional folk music
InstrumentsVocals, percussions
LabelsJazzland Recordings

Mari Kvien Brunvoll (born 20 February 1984 in Molde, Norway) is a Norwegian folk and jazz singer who has over the past few years attracted attention at festivals internationally with her solo concept, where the voice is complemented by small electronic and acoustic instruments in a sound inspired by jazz, pop and folk music.[1] She is the daughter of Lawyer Knut Anker Brunvoll (b. 1945) and Jazz singer and pianist Inger Johanne Brunvoll (born Kvien in 1945), and the younger sister of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Ane Brun (b. 1976) and photographer Bjørn Brunvoll (b. 1973).[2]


Mari Kvien Brunvoll at Sardinen, USF Verftet 2012.

Brunvoll is a 2010 graduate of the Grieg Academy in Bergen. She won the Vital Award at the Nattjazz, Bergen 2009.[3] Her first appearance at Moldejazz was in 2010 with her solo project.[4] Brunvoll is known for her amazing solo project, which has received critical acclaim through concerts at Nattjazz, Moldejazz, and a number of jazz clubs around Europe.[1][5]

As a student in the Jazz program at Grieg Academy she was the Norwegian representative at the International 12 Points festival in Stavanger in 2010. The four-day gathering for artists and bands from twelve countries showed the diversity and power of today's young European music improvisers. Brunvoll's performance is documented on her self-titled debut album from 20112.[6]

Bugge Wesseltoft picked "the extremely talented" Brunvoll as one of three promising musicians for a presentation at Bylarm 2010. He played a double concerto with her in Amsterdam 2009.[1][7][8]

Brunvoll has since 2000 performed extensively at festivals in Norway and across Europe. Her contributions at Nattjazz (she won the talent award at Nattjazz in 2009), Moldejazz and the Øyafestivalen in Oslo is just the top of the list. She received the Vozzajazz award in 2011, played at the Kilkenny Art Festival the same year[9] and has cooperated in duo with Stein Urheim, who also received the Vossajazz Award in 2010 for his diverse career at the Norwegian jazz scene.[1][10]

Along with Mats Eilertsen Quartet, Stian Westerhus, and Randi Tytingvåg Ensemble, Brunvoll was one of the performers at the International jazz festival Jazzahead in Bremen 2011.[7][11] Together with guitarist Stian Westerhus, and saxophonists Karl Seglem and Frøy Aagre, she received support from the 2011 Norwegian Jazz Launch.[12] She performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam 2012, with Terje Isungset.[13] On March 7, 2014 the Norwegian record label Hubro released an album featuring her, Åsmund Weltzien and Øyvind Hegg-Lunde performing under the name Building Instrument.[14] Brunvoll was headliner meeting Ensemble Denada at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, performing the commissioned work for the festival.[15]



Solo albums[edit]


With Stein Urheim
  • 2011: Daydream Community EP - Stein & Mari (Jazzland)
  • 2013: Daydream Twin (Jazzland)
  • 2015: For Individuals Facing the Terror of Cosmic Loneliness (Jazzland)
With Building Instrument
  • 2014: Building Instrument (Hubro)
  • 2016: Kem Som Kan Å Leve (Hubro)
With Kvien & Sommer
  • 2015: Weathering (Full Of Nothing)
Other projects
  • 2011: Pressure (Grappa), with Splashgirl
  • 2012: Valgets Kavaler (sueTunes), with various artists (Stein Urheim)


  1. ^ a b c d "Mari Kvien Brunvoll". Archived from the original on 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  2. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  3. ^ a b "Mari Kvien Brunvoll tildelt Vitals talentpris" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  4. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll". Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  5. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  6. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll: Jazz, elektronikk og countryblues" (in Norwegian). Jazz Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  7. ^ a b "Bugge presenterer Mari Kvien Brunvoll, Stian Westerhus og Moe + Bugges Organ Club" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  8. ^ Jappee, Gjermund (2010-02-18). "Hun er et eksepsjonelt talent" (in Norwegian). DB Medialab AS. Dagbladet. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  9. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll - Concert Review". 2011-08-14. Archived from the original on 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  10. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll solo + Stein Urheim trio - Victoria" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  11. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll fra Molde skal delta under den internasjonale jazzfestivalen Jazzahead i Bremen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  12. ^ "Norwegian Jazz Launch 2011". Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  13. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2011-10-25. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  14. ^ "Building Instrument". Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  15. ^ "Building Instrument". Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  16. ^ "Vossajazzpris til Mari Brunvoll" (in Norwegian). Kultur Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  17. ^ "Mari Kvien Brunvoll". Retrieved 2012-11-17.

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Preceded by
Stein Urheim
Recipient of the Vossajazzprisen
Succeeded by
Sigrid Moldestad