Liv Runesdatter lives in Stavanger, a small town in western Norway. She is a critically acclaimed Norwegian singer, composer and producer. As a vocalist she explores and pushes the limits of the natural acoustics of the voice. Her trademark is a personal and creative sound, rich with contrasts, textures, expressions and dynamics. Her musical roots lie in classical music, improvisational music and in traditional world music.
She is the director of the art prodution company CARMA Contemporary Art, Music and Dance, has worked with dancers, film makers, musicians, researchers, architects and visual artists from more than 25 countries, and performed her music on festivals and concert halls in Europe, USA, Kaukasus and Canada. She has achieved several awards for her work, and grants such as a 4 years National Governmental Work Grant (2007, 2008, 2011, 2017) and “Diversestipend” from the National Governmental Grant.
Liv Runesdatter is artistic director and singer in the vocal chamber ensemble Song Circus. The ensemble specialize in contemporary music and improvisation, and has given life to an unusual and fascinating vocabulary of vocal sound. Their album Anatomy of Sound, presenting new classical music by the Norwegian composers Ruben Sverre Gjertsen and Ole-Henrik Moe, was produced by the multiple Grammy nominee surround sound producer Morten Lindberg i 2015. The album is recently nominated Norwegian Grammy. Song Circus has achieved The Governmental Ensemble Work Grant 2012-2017.
Liv Runesdatter is the artistic director of Sound of a Cage Triennial (2010, 2013, 2016). The triennale is build up around the legacy of John Cage and his fellows, and it combines presentations of art, music, design, performance, workshops, lectures and topical discussions.
Her solo folk music album Syng hjerte (Eng. Sing my heart) was released in 2008/ 2009 by GRAPPA Music Group, the leading independent record company in Norway. The album has received outstanding reviews in international newspapers, magazines and radio shows. The Norwegian Broadcast journalist Kjetil Bjørgan proclaimes it to be an important music project, challenging the Norwegian traditional music field, both through Runesdatter´s voice performance and the catchy and untraditional musical choices. The magazine “Folk World” selected “Syng hjerte” for their list of Best International Albums 2009.
The Norwegian folk tunes are inseparable from Norwegian roots, tradition and thought. Liv Runedatters traditional folk songs are embellished with life stories and tales, coloured by material from her own musical universe, and inspired from hoarse voices on creaky old recordings, nature, squeaking audiotape players, rooms, shapes, smells, sounds and people. The Norwegian traditional roots are evident, though impulses from other places and traditions can be traced.
Among great artists and producers she has worked with are the jazz musicians Stian Carstensen, Alfred Janson, Frode Fjellheim, Snorre Bjerck, Eivin One Pedersen, Trygve Seim, Rolf-Erik Nystrøm, Torben Snekkestad, John Abercrombie og Charles Lloyd (USA). Traditional classical folk musicians: Tuva T Bolstad og Vidar Skrede, Abdulrahman Surizehi (Balouchistan/NO), Ulla Pirttijärvi (Sapmi/FIN), Amadou Sarr (Gambia), Nika (Serbia), Alim Qasimov, Ehtiram Huseinov og Elshan Mansurov (AZ). Composers and musicians: Christian Wolff (USA), Trevor Wishart (UK), Jaap Blonk (NL), Ruben Sverre Gjertsen (NO), Ole-Henrik Moe (NO) og David Moss (USA/DE) King Knut (UK/N), Nils Henrik Asheim, :zang, Bjerga/Iversen og Else O Storesund. Ensembles: Oslo Sinfonietta, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, The Kitchen Orchestra, Stavanger Kathedralensemble, Urban Sjøfront, og Cirque de Soleil (CAN). Performance artists: Anne-M E Rygh, choreographers Hanna Savolainen (FIN), Jair Cardoso (Brazil), Nadja Hjorton (SE), Sandsmark og Mari Flønes. Poets: Odveig Klyve, Torild Wardenær og Mansur Rajih (Jemen/NO). Visual artists: Eli Glader (NO), Signe Christine Urdal (NO) and Jasmijn Visser (NL). Film: Maja Friis, Martin Hawkes (CAN/NO), Jon Garcia de Presno.