Johan Tobias Bergstrøm guitar
Jørgen Krøger Mathisen violin
Håkon Huldt-Nystrøm bass
Thomas Antonio Debelian percussion

CD info

Catalogue number LOS 308-2
EAN: 7090025833083

Recorded  January 2024 by David Aleksander Sjølie at Urban Sound Studios, Oslo, Norway
Mixed February, March and May 2024 by David Aleksander Sjølie Urban Sound Studios, Oslo, Norway
Mastered June 2024 by Giert Clausen at Fersk Lyd, Oslo, Norway
Produced by Johan Tobias Bergstrøm
Co-produced by David Aleksander Sjølie
Executive producer Odd Gjelsnes
Front Cover Artwork by Stian Kristoffer Jamessen
Design by Max Franosch
This album is supported by Fund for Performing Artists, Norway

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The initial spark for this project came in 2020 when I got a gig playing for
the Norwegian and Jordanian royal families in Jordan. While I was there
I soaked in the sights and sounds, heard music on the radios in the taxis and
in the coffee shops, and when I came back the stringed sound of the oud was
bouncing around in my head. I decided it was time to make a fusion project;
one combining the Django Reinhardt-style music I play with the Arabic music
I’d newly discovered. The next step was to meet a real oud player, so I got
on the bus to Gothenburg and took lessons with Ahmad Al-Khatib (a player
I had listened to heavily) and was officially introduced to the musical tradition.
As I progressed towards my goal, however, more influences began to seep in:
I have always loved African music – especially the music of Richard Bona – and
was inspired to bring these sounds into my writing. I wrote the tune Solaris
in the style of an Irish jig after returning from trips to Worcestershire, UK, for
lessons with guitarist Remi Harris.
This is my debut solo album after 15 years of writing, recording and performing
music. I’ve released five albums of Django Reinhardt-style music, and though
this was going to be a fusion debut, it ended up being much more of a world
music debut! The constellation of the songs on Nova come from different areas
of the musical universe.
A heartfelt thanks is owed to my bandmates: Jørgen, Håkon and Thomas who
helped make this project what it is, and to Aleks Sjølie for producing this with me,
recording and mixing. Thank you, Losen Records, for taking the project on. To
my teachers, Ahmad Al-Khatib, Niclas Knudsen, Remi Harris, I am very grateful,
and to my friends and family who cheered me on – Ferdinand Bergstrøm,
Sebastian T. Overskott, Bård Helgerud and Nicolai Bülow Rousting – here it is!
Johan Tobias Bergstrøm, June 2024