PUST– A Breath From the North @ Cork International Choral Festival 2019
Every year the Cork International Choral Festival brings some of the finest international vocal ensembles on stage for the Thursday Gala Concert.
For this 65th Festival a breath of fresh air will liven up Cork City Hall. PUST (breath, in Norwegian) are a source of vocal pleasure hailing from Oslo. Their compositions reverberate gracefully between Scandinavian folk, jazzy tones, and all sorts of worldly and natural sounds. At times fragile, at others expressive, PUST is a listening experience and nothing short of an aural exploration of the soul and landscape of the European north.
Since the start in 2003 the group has recorded 5 albums, all of them highly acclaimed. They have received nominations for CARA Awards (the Grammy of rhythmical a cappella music) and the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Award; ‘Spellemannprisen’. Their beautiful Christmas repertoire has captured the heart of the Norwegian audience, and Julero (Christmas Calm) was one of the bestselling Norwegian Christmas albums in 2011. The critic in Norway’s leading newspaper Aftenposten concluded that it’s “a Christmas album for eternity”.
The group is frequently invited to popular Norwegian festivals, as well as being guest artist at international vocal festivals in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Taiwan. PUST has shared concerts with Bobby McFerrin and The Manhattan Transfer (among others).
The members of PUST are Camilla Susann Haug (soprano), Anne Hilde Grøv (soprano), Elisabeth Anvik (alto), Jostein Hasselgård (tenor), Håvard Gravdal (baritone) and Mads Iversen (bass).
Published on 15 April 2019