The «Unromantic» project came to life in 2016, when improvising singer Live Maria Roggen and pianist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus found each other in the idea to perform Sibelius’ beautiful songs with a more serene and slim voice, in a drier and closer sound world; to perhaps reveal more of the song and its poetry. This initial start opened up a lot of questions, ideas and problems in terms of strategies and sound, that they found intriguing and important to pursue. The aim of this artistic research project is to explore these ideas, strategies, processes and challenges in late romantic material.
Songs composed in the romantic period are most often performed with a classically-trained voice, often involving extensive vibrato, traits of the passionate and dramatic. Such aesthetics are experienced as distant from those with which these two musicians usually work. What would the song be like within another aesthetic world?