Host Janne Eraker Artists Håkon Sigernes, Anneli Moe, Rebekka Undrum, Thomas Marek, Sebastian Weber, Lynn Schwab, Michelle Dorrance, Joseph Wiggan, Ragnhild Skinner, Ingrid Wåhlberg, Birgitte Olsenlund, Roger Arntzen, Vegar Vårdal, David Skinner, Oddrun Lilja Jonsdottir, Michaela Antalová, Helga Myhr, Knut Reiersrud, Magnus Breivik Løvseth, Guro Moe, Jan Martin Gismervik, Christian Meaas Svendsen, Hans Martin Austestad, Taro Vestøl Cooper, Julian Sommerfelt, Dario Fariello, Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Juliana Venter, Hans P. Kjorstad, Jonas Cambien, Anders Kregnes Hansen, Ulrik Ibsen Thorsrud
What’s a Salon, you ask? It’s a concert series where the concept is that two tap dancers and two musicians that have never played together in this exact combination meet on stage and improvise together. The improvisation may be structured, have a theme, have a sort of score or order of appearance, be based on traditional music and dance or on new genres like noise. In any case, we consider it self-evident that tap dance is music. Salons are not to be confused with Stepperiet, which is a weekly improv-training on Monday mornings.
There have been 16 Salons since 2018, and there will be 6 more, as soon as the regulations allow for it to happen.
September 20 w/ Kouame Sereba and Oddrun Lilja
November 29 w/ Solfrid Molland and Mari Haugen Smistad
December 20 w/ Amund Maarud and Magnus Løvseth + Stepperiet
January 31 tba.
February 28 w/ Lene Grenager and Per Zanussi
March 28 w/ Harpreet Bansal
The Salons are generously supported by the city of Oslo, the Norwegian jazz forum and now also the Norwegian Arts Council.
If you are a musician based in Oslo, or a tap dancer who’s passing through, and you want to join, please just contact me. You are also welcome to join the group “Stepperiet” on Facebook, to keep up with what’s happening. If you’d like to be informed about when, where and with whom the next Salon will happen, please sign up to the newsletter below.
Here’s a compilation of bootleg videos recorded during various Salons during the last three years, from the first baby steps… Of course the most epic moments are not even on film as we were all too busy being in the moment!