Natalie Sandtorv

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Natalie Sandtorv
Sandtorv at the Moers Festival 2016
Sandtorv at the Moers Festival 2016
Background information
Birth nameNatalie Sandtorv
Born (1988-08-17) 17 August 1988 (age 35)
Ålesund, Sunnmøre
OriginNorway Hungary
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Vocals, waterphone, harmonium, elektronics

Natalie Sandtorv (born 17 August 1988) is a Norwegian jazz musician (vocals, waterphone, harmonium, electronics) married July 29, 2016, to drummer Ole Mofjell, residing in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Sandtorv was born in Ålesund, Norway. She studied jazz, improvisational music and electronics at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and at Griegakademiet in Bergen. She is known for her exploration of different expressions within improvisational music in solo projects and with various ensembles. Sandtorv started the band Polygon Junx in Bergen 2011, together with noise artist John Hegre.[1] and drummer Thore Warland from the band Staer. They combine their references from jazz, contemporary music, noise, rock and free improvisation, creating an unpredictable and unique sound, and in 2012 they played in Geneva (Switzerland), Landmark and Playdate (Bergen, Norway), Heck (Trondheim, Norway) and Blowout (Oslo, Norway). They also delivered a gig at Det Norske Studentersamfunn in Oslo featuring Marte Eberson and Kjetil Møster the same year.[2]

In 2013 she went touring with Morning Has Occurred together with Karl Seglem, and also performed on tour with her boyfriend Ole Mofjell (drummer of Morning Has Occurred), playing three concerts in Kraków and Berlin, in addition to concerts in Norway. She also did a solo project for voice and electronics that was presented at Festspillene i Bergen, where she also presented a children's concert for the music festival.[3] At the 2013 Julejazz in Ålesund, she collaborated with the brothers Christian Skår Winther and Andreas Skår Winther as a trio.[4]

Sandtorv is most known as front singer of the band Morning Has Occurred including with Marte Eberson, touring in Europe (2014).[5] They also joined the Vossajazz and JazzIntro competition,.[6][7] They had received good reviews for performances at Norwegian jazz festivals like Midtsommejazz, Nattjazz, Vossajazz, Maijazz, Anjazz, and Balejazz.[6][8]

Sandtorv bring the experimental concept of improvised meetings between innovative vocal artists and guitarists to a new extreme with the duo album The Jist with the inventive guitarist Torgeir Standal. They are keeping up the tradition of the master vocal artist Sidsel Endresen and highly inventive guitarist Stian Westerhus, but also inspired by the more experimental music of Maja Ratkje.[9] In 2015 she released her first solo album Pieces Of Solitude.[10]

She performed a duoproject in 2015 together with the British multi instrumentalist Steve Beresford at the Blow Out! festival in Oslo, Norway.[11] Sandtorv is the initiator of the concert series Playdate in Bergen and Jugendjazz in Ålesund.[12] In November 2015, she released her first solo album Pieces Of Solitude on the Va Fongool label.[13]



Solo albums[edit]


With duo The Jist, including guitarist Torgeir Standal
With Morning Has Occurred
  • 2014: Morning Has Occurred (Ocean Sound Recordings)[7]
With Cokko
  • 2016: The Dance Upon My Grave (Playdate Records)[18]
With Not On The Guest List
  • 2016: Free! Spirit! Chant! (Gaffer Records)


  1. ^ "Neste konsert på AVGARDE" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2015-11-21. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  2. ^ "Polygonjunx feat. Marte Eberson & Kjetil Møster + The Heat Death" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  3. ^ "Hva skjer, Natalie Sandtorv?" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2015-11-18. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  4. ^ Karlsen, Charlotte (2013-12-29). "Se bildene fra julejazz" (in Norwegian). Sunnmørsposten. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  5. ^ Haram, Willy (2014-01-29). "Ålesunder på 2014-turnéer i Japan og Europa" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  6. ^ a b Lindsay, Bruce (2014-04-22). "Vossa Jazz 2014". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  7. ^ a b "Morning Has Occurred" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  8. ^ "Morning Has Occurred m/Ålesund Strykerkvartett" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  9. ^ a b Hareuveni, Eyal (2014-05-02). "The Jist: The Jist (2014)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  10. ^ "Natalie Sandtorv (NO)". Retrieved 2015-10-17.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Jazz In Oslo: BLOW OUT! FESTIVAL 2015 – MATINÉ". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Ny konsertserie i Ålesund" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  13. ^ a b "Natalie Sandtorv". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
  14. ^ Brauer, Camilla Slaattun (2016-07-20). "Sparebank 1 Jazztalent til Natalie Sandtorv" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2017-03-08. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  15. ^ "Natalie Sandtorv med releasekonset på Terminalen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  16. ^ "The Jist – The Jist". Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  17. ^ "Natalie Sandtorv – The Jist". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-10-19.
  18. ^ "COKKO – The Dance Upon My Grave". Retrieved 2016-03-31.

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