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(un)Romantic / Improvising Interpretation

Live Maria Roggen sings in front of a microphone and Ingfrid Breie Nyhus plays the piano.

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

Milad Gholami

We 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?

Glimpse into the process

In this process video we describe our explorations up until December 2022:

The project can also be followed at the project's exposition on Research Catalogue.

The abstract cover for the EP, Demanten, by Live Maria Roggen and Ingfrid Breie Nyhus.


January 2022, the EP "Demanten" was published, with Roggen/Nyhus' improvised variants of four 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 19, 2023