LEAGUS is a contemporary and experimental musical duo from Sápmi, Norway, whose music alternates between formal composed parts, open structures, and free improvisation, and ranges from subdued, minimalistic, psalm-like pieces to more rock-oriented improvised parts.
Consisting of pianist Herborg Rundberg and guitarist Kristian Svalestad Olstad, LEAGUS was originally formed in 2013 by Herborg, as part of her Masters degree in Rhythmic Music at the Tromsø Conservatory, where Kristian had also received his Masters degree in the same subject two years earlier.
Over the years the duo have worked extensively on finding new, and different interactions between the piano and the guitar, which has lead to the development of a new and progressive kind of musical togetherness. It is a sound that is highly dynamic with musical contrasts playing a big part in their concept.
In 2021 LEAGUS were commissioned by the North Norwegian Jazz Ensemble to write a piece for a ten-member orchestra. The result was “Flora Eallin” which was composed and arranged by Herborg and Kristian. This led to a tour with the North Norwegian Jazz Ensemble and long time collaborator and visual designer Torbjørn Thrane Sandnes.
• Third album from arctic Norwegian jazz duo LEAGUS
• Featuring Nordnorsk Jazzensemble (North Norwegian Jazz Ensemble)
• For fans of contemporary jazz (Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset, Nik Bärtsch Ronin, Aki Takase) + +
• Digital singles: Hyperion (23/2), Tendril (23/3)
• Tours to be announced
For more info: www.facebook.com/leagusleagus
Label website: www.isitjazzrecords.no
Herborg Rundberg - piano
Kristian Svalestad Olstad - gitar
Christer Jørgensen - trommer
Arnfinn Bergrabb - trommer
Marianne Halmrast - bass
Ola Asdahl Rokkones - tenor & baritone saksofon
Sondre A. Kleven - tenor saksofon
Fred Glesnes - tenor saksofon
Frode Larsen - vokal
Elina Waage Mikalsen - vokal