August 26 2014
Oh my. What did I agree to now. Just when I thought I'd finally learnt how to say 'no'. Competing in music is something I dislike. Doing things I'm not good at, I dislike even more. In this show, I'll have to (among many challenging cathegories) do some rap.I have to rap, supposedly with an attidude like I'm straight out from Guantanamo. Already, the challenging rap song (can't tell yet) spreads long shaddows across my life, whiping out everything before (and including) Christmas, and all the serenity I wish I had...

...TO BE CONTINUED...                                                                                          Photo: Linn Carin Dirdal, NRK





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August 20 2014
I've done similar stuff before, in 2008 with Bodø Sinfonietta and Bodø Rhythm Group. We played a single concert that were recorded by the engineer just for the archives. I didn't even know about the files until years later. It resulted in the album 'Unni Wilhelmsen live with Bodø Rhythm Group feat. Bodø Sinfonietta' (St. cecilia Music 2012). Now I've been invited to join the opening concert in Drammen's festival 'Elvefestivalen' in legendary Union Scene, accompanied by Drammen Symphony orchestra. I played Unon Scene with my band for the first time in 1997, so a lot of memories is sprinkled over this place thinking back. With repertoire from my live CD, I finally get a chance to do some of these songs live again, after six years. Stein Torleif Bjella and the local band Bardz are also guest artists this evening.

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August 20 2014
Being on tour with Di Derre this summer has been spectacular! Not only have we had tons of fun together, but the concerts have clearly been a success. Audience records have been beaten, festival crew have been celebrating, thousands of people have been singing their hats off, and the weather has been merciful! Lots of laughs, good food, celebrating birthdays, staying up late, hitting the road, pranks and joking around, surprizes on and off stage, suits, ties and my top hat - it's all been rock'n'roll! Theo the backline engineer wears all my funny hats during concerts, the one and only Erik Vea came to visit and sing along, Uriah Heep and the Rainmakers waited for us backstage to do a selfie with Jo Nesbø, and Sir Bob Geldof called and asked to be on our guest list in Oslo, receiving us backstage at Grefsenkollen with a box of vintage sardines for each member in the band... Absurd and fun and very, very cool. Like I said: Rock'n'Roll!



Sir Bob Geldof has just handed us the rare gift of Vintage King Oscar Sardines from Stavanger (!) backstage at 'Over Oslo', Grefsenkollen.

          
Jewellry artist Mimi Swang sent me a necklace.     Backline engineer Theo Thorne.        Meeting up with Erik Vea, the legendary ice skater
I used it imideately, but on the rim of my hat.          Impersonating himself.                 from the beautiful Di Derre-song 'Erik Vea'.

            
 Theo tries to squeeze drummer Espen Stenhammer.
  I'll remember Espen's face expression forever...                               Festivals are not like they used to be. They're cooler.

       

Another day, another concert, another backstage, another hat creation, and yet another session with Jo Nesbø's upper body in focus.

    

Didn't know my legs could look like that...                              Stage fun with multi talented Lars Jones

          

Toughest venue this summer. 'Verket', Moss. The small 'box' down      Hat goes with wallpaper in Larvik's super, private backstage!
left is the huge stage!
                 

Jo + Theo with my Katzenjammer hat, made by Solveig Heilo.   The seremonial kiss on the cheek by the famous author of chilling chrime...   Read more and share...
August 19 2014

(From Norwegian newspaper VG's visit in my kitchen)

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June 6 2014

Sooooo....I've had my first sales exhibition, at GALLERI FLOOD, Sandefjord, Norway.

I was asked to bring my illustrations and drawings, frame them and hang them on walls in a gallery, up for sale. I spent some time looking through old stuff in the attic, and ended up with over 30 drawings, many of them one of a kind originals and made by hand long ago. I did most of these drawings during the nineties, the oldest from 1988, and the newest from 2011. I did a solo concert at Galleri Flood while my art was on the wall, and we agreed to repeat the ordeal this summer, with more songs and more pictures. Here's a few drawings from my exhibition:

        

            

                   


              

In one hour, over 50% of my pictures were sold, to my surprize. I've had some proffessional art prints made from a few of these illustrations, and I've signed, framed and serial numbered them. I still have a few left for sale - check out my brand new WEB SHOP - opening September 2014 - to see what's available, along with the collection of my 8 CD releases also up for sale and shipment directly to your home.



                                                     Here's Galleri Flood: http://www.majaflood.com/


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June 5 2014


          





http://www.baerumkulturhus.no/unni-wilhelmsen-solveig-heilo

Solveig Heilo (Katzenjammer) and I have decided to join forces and finally play together. As you may know, I've joined Katzenjammer earlier on tour in Europe as support (warm up). Those months on the road in 2011 gave me life long friends and great collegues, and the girls have inspired me ever since. Especially Solveig, which - apart from being extremely funny and humorous, is a brilliant songwriter and the best multi instrumentalist I've ever met. We've now planned a special collection of songs to play live, and our previous concert were played at Musikkflekken, Sandvika, Norway, 21.02.14. Once again, we persuaded Hanne Mari Karlsen to join us. Hanne made her debut on stage with me in 2013 (at John Dee, Oslo), after surprising people during nachpiles for years. She played and sang for almost 200 people, and didn't sleep much the night before. Since then, we've been hanging around my house, making dinners, watching internet trash TV, and we've rehersed this new concert concept, involving guitars, percussion, xylopone, accordion, ukulele, bass, banjo, piano, G#-guitars and of course harmony vocals. Between the three of us, we're playing all those instruments, and Hanne has really put her mind to this (even if she's holding up a straight job every day) - Solveig gives her homework, and Hanne does them and shows up prepared like a pro', playing multiple instruments she never touched before! She woks as a civil engineer, and has much more discipline than most musicians I know (certainly more than me!) These future concerts are going to be something special, and we hope to focus a bit more on this in 2015. We've already spoken to a couple of managements and booking agents, so the concept doesn't lack interest. We're the best of friends, and really enjoy doing this together, and hope to see you at a concert hall in the future!




 

Some info in Norwegian:

"Unni Wilhelmsen fra Oslo har gitt ut åtte skiver med egne låter, spilt 1500 konserter i inn- og utland og vunnet to Spellemannpriser. Solveig Heilo fra Bærum er en av Katzenjammerjentene, og de selger ut 7000 billetter i Tyskland på et blunk en helt vanlig tirsdag. Hanne Mari Karlsen er en ingeniør utenom det vanlige fra Nøtterøy. De er tre bestevenninner med spesielle talenter i alle retninger, og nå har de slått seg sammen på scenen for å spille nydelig musikk for folk. Til sammen trakterer de et tosifret antall instrumenter, og stemmene deres passer like godt sammen som humoren og det estetiske. Dette er visuelle damer med trøkk - som leverer unike, håndplukkede og framfor alt håndskrevne låter. Unni sørger for velkjente sanger fra en rikholdig karriere, på gitar, piano, på norsk og på engelsk. Solveig leverer helt nye låter for anledningen, og de har også noen fete coverhitlåter på repertoaret. Da jentene debuterte på Gamle Ormelet på Tjøme sommeren 2013, var det utsolgt og applausen ville ingen ende ta. Liker du Simon & Garfunkel? First Aid Kit? Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt? Nick Drake eller Bon Iver? Da bør du sjekke ut Solveig, Hanne og Unni på Musikkflekken i Sandvika fredag 21. februar 2014. Enn så lenge er de en godt bevart hemlighet, men ryktene sier at om ikke lenge må du kanskje stå i kø og ha med noe å stå på for å se jentenes blide fjes og travle fingre. Vel møtt til en stemningsfull og vakker konsert!"

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June 4 2014
Intimate concert with Unni, playing her guitars and a grand piano in unique, private surroundings...


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April 9 2014
Shot on location in Paeska, Alta, Finnmark, Norway August 25th 2012 at 04.53 o' clock in the morning. The song is on the 'You Begin Where Everything Ends EP' (out 04.04.2014) iTunes: http://goo.gl/nrcp8a 

Produced by Rein Film. 
(more credits in the end of the film) 

enjoY.


 
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January 14 2014

TV NORGE has a 'reality' show going. This week, Alex Rosén, Kristin Grue, Vidar Busk and I invite each other home for dinner. We cook, make jokes, drink, entertain, compete and have lots of laughs. I was lucky, ending up with this crazy bunch. We certainly have a thing or two in common...

 

TV NORGE:

Monday 13th 19:30: Alex is hosting in Åsgårdstrand with a nude model for us to paint...
Tuesday 14th 19:30: Vidar takes us to his 'farm' and his rockabilly band awaits us...
Wednesday 15th 19:30: Kristin surprizes us in her attic and has more than one cultural dish on her menue...
Thursday  16th 19:30: I serve cheese doodles and rose cider for starters and challenge the others for a little game of garage door tennis, and they show up in 'old school' tennis apparel...
 

 
  



 

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January 13 2014

I've been asked to join the Norwegian band 'Di Derre', on a permanent basis. I said yes...

 

 

The plan is to do a Norwegian festival tour all summer 2014. But we did a few gigs before Christmas, and have possibly started a Christmas tradition playing Sentrum Scene (Oslo) in December. We played Des 21st and are already booked for Des 19th 2014.

This picture is taken during our concert event tom Youngstorget, Oslo, the night before the Football Cup finals, with supporters from Molde attending. Most band members are from Molde, so this was a caothic event, even before Molde won the match.

I plan to stay in my kitchen as much as possible this spring, playing electric guitars. Lord knows I need the practice - I haven't played a guitar solo in my life!

To be continued...



Photo: Stephen Butkus

   

Photo: Johannes Andersen



Photo: Gitte Johannessen / NTB Tema

 

 

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June 27 2013
                                                   

Faximile from Sandefjords Blad:  http://www.sb.no/kultur/nye-tak-ter-fra-wil-helm-sen-1.7960753


                                                    
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May 15 2013
     Front cover Unni live in Bodo                        Packshot Bodo album

Back in 2008, I did one single concert in Bodø Kulturhus, accompanied by Bodø Rhythm Group and Bodø Sinfonietta. We planned for six months, and some of my songs were rearranged for this ensemble and this special occasion. In addition, I chose some cover songs I wanted to sing, and a few of them are jazz classics. We also did a version of Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now', based on her famous recording with Vince Mendoza's soulful arrangements. It turned out our sound engineer recorded the concert in a simple manner, only to keep in the archives. None of us thought of doing anything with this material until I let a handful of people hear it just for fun. I've never sung jazz on tape before - I have  to admit, my relationship with jazz is a shady one...


These people all told me I should release this concert. And so I started considering the idea. Here's the cover...





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June 27 2012

You have to check this song out! It's amazing...

 

Frans Haraldsen is a Swedish singer-/songwriter with a dad from Norway. He has lyrics I envy him, and great melodies. He's written the perfect summer hit: 'Ett ända hjärta' (from the new album 'Innan vi dör - Hey, Hey, Hey'), and he's asked me to join as his duet partner.

 

I've recorded my parts in my kitchen, and together (without ever having met), we've created this little music video with our iphones. Both have filmed sequences from our homes and home towns, and Frans has edited it into this:





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June 26 2012

Steinar Raknes is an awsome double bass player with a new solo album out called 'Stillhouse'.

He mixes his own songs with traditional covers from Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris and more, and I've participated on the song 'Twilight' on the album. Based on that (we met coincidentially at the tribute concert celebrating Bob Dylan's 70th birthday in Harstad last year), the two of us are now doing festivals around the country in July. We started in harstad (where we first met) June 24th, and move on to Hamar, Vinstra, Midtsund, Molde and more.

We're planning a tour this fall, so check out the concert pages for info, and check out Steinars album 'Stillhouse' on Itunes!

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December 18 2011

POSTKORT FRA LILLEBJØRN:


I have been privileged to be a part of a fantastic ensemble at Oslo Nye Teater for the past six months. We've been playing and performing the songs of Lillebjørn Nilsen, a highly treasured and acclaimed singer-/songwriter who has touched generations with his songs.

We've played 70 shows for almost 40.000 people in Oslo, and this is indeed one of the most adventurous projects I've ever been involved in.

See and hear one of the songs from the show performed here:




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September 15 2011

November 4th I will join the Fabolishous band Katzenjammer once again around Europe. I've just released my album '7' in Germany, and can't wait to get back there to play.

Katzenjammer will release their second album this fall, and things are taken a step further. I will play support for these extremely talented chicks, and this time I'm bringing some musicians of my own to big venues in Germany. We will also visit Switzerland, Holland, Luxemburg, Belgium and more...

Check out the updated concert list!
 

Photo: Johannes Andersen (Katzenjammer and Unni - Groningen, April 2011)



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August 25 2011
A 900 kg heavy car bomb hit the base of our Government in my hometown Oslo. 7 people dead in the explosion so far. The killer - a blond, Norwegian conservative Christian with conspiracy beliefs - drove directly from the bomb scene to the small island Utøya in a police uniform, and systematically massacred kids joining a traditional, political summer camp. He gathered the kids and said he was there to inform them about the bombing in Oslo.  He shot them dead horror movie style...

As far as we know, between 70 and 100 people are slaughtered in these two blows. About the same amount is injured, some fighting for their lives. A handful is still missing.

The killer is arrested and has confessed. An act of horror that in a few hours involved and touched so many lives. He thinks he will be able to take advantage of the media's and the world's attention as a propaganda platform where he can display his views.

I have read his blog posts. I have been informed of his manifesto. I think I understand what he wants. But he chose to take his anger out on committed, compassionate kids with peaceful intentions. And he blew up and sabotaged our leaders' headquarters - in one of the worlds most democratic and serene countries. And now he wants us to understand - to see it his way - to continue his project. Well, guess what:

For the first time in my grown up life, I will join the protest parade through the streets of Oslo, Monday night at 18:00. It starts at Rådhusplassen and ends in Youngstorget and we'll be carrying roses.

My condolences to everyone inflicted. My support to the Norwegian system and our competent, humane leaders.

See you in the parade.

Unni

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June 24 2011


My seventh album called '7' is released in Germany today. Edel is the name of the record company, and this is my first release in Germany since my debut album 'To Whom it May Concern' (Polygram) back in 1998.

During my recent tour with Katzenjammer this spring, '7' was  available to the audience in a limited number, but now it's buyable in the shops or through the net, on Itunes and CDON.com.

The German version contains an extra bonus track: The radio remix version of 'Revolving Door', remixed by the Mungolian Jetset DJ's (Norway). This CD also contains my cover version of 'Both Sides Now', much like I performed it during the European Tour.

Can't find the CD in your local shop? Go here: cdon.com

This album cover and art work I created myself, at home using my Mac and (brace yourselves) Powerpoint (!)


 

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