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(un)Romantic / Improvising Interpretation

«(un)Romantic / Improvising interpretation» is a duo exploration starting with late romantic songs, led by vocalist Live Maria Roggen and pianist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus.

CF Wesenberg

Roggen and Nyhus experiment with traditioning and interpretation, and with improvisation as method. What is romantic and what is unromantic? What can an interpretation be? How can we work with creative interpretation? Where does the new begin and where does the old go? What can improvisation with residues and memories, tell about the song that was?

A video describing the process can be viewed on the project's exposition on Research Catalogue.


The album "Skymt" was released December 2023. The music is remnants and ripplings from memories of Sibelius-songs and Finnish-Swedish poems, by Live Maria Roggen and Ingfrid Breie Nyhus.

Listen to Skymt


The EP "Demanten" was published January 2022, with Roggen/Nyhus' improvised versions of songs by Jean Sibelius.

Listen to Demanten
Live Maria Roggen stands upright in front of a microphone and points toward sheet music. Ingfrid Breie Nyhus is sitting behind a grand piano while looking at Live.

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Published: Feb 1, 2021 — Last updated: Jan 4, 2024