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Hi everyone! It has been a while since I have given a written update for you at www.trentbruner.com, but there is some news of note since the last time I gave an update on what has been going on in September 2014. Here is the latest.

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, I accompanied our youngest daughter, Ingrid Sofie, for her first solo appearance on the fiddle with Dad on the piano. It was for a local Save the Children (Redd Barna) fundraiser held at Danielsen Junior High School in Valestrand. Her three tune medley (Cowboy, Ivar Polka and Karri Karri Polka) had an attentive audience tapping their toes, along with the rest of her Grade Two classmates!

Over the Christmas and New Year period in 2014, I had eight Christmas concert appearances with amateur choirs I conducted in the Bergen area (Damekoret Toneveld, Tysnes Chamber Choir, Sounds Like Us and the Unneland Community Choir) as well as many substitute calls as a church organist on the island of Osterøy. I was fortunate to have our daughter Hannah Moira play both hardanger fiddle and standard violin with me for a concert with the Unneland Community Choir (Unnelandskoret) December 17th and appear as a guest musician for two church services at both Hamre and Bruvik Lutheran Churches during December where I played.

I also appeared as a piano soloist and accompanied Osterøy singer/songwriter Amalie Torp as part of an outdoor winter concert to raise money for the Valestrand-Hjellvik Soccer Club on Sunday, December 28th, 2014. The weather was clear and cold that evening, but over 100 people came to the outdoor stage at 250 meterskogen and gave their support to a soccer club that operates minor soccer teams for boys and girls, as well has having a local mens’ senior amateur team that competes regionally. There are hopes that this will become an annual tradition, and this outdoor stage certainly is a beautiful setting for an outdoor concert.

January and February 2015 has also marked changes for me in my musical schedule. Firstly, I am now working permanently for the Tysnes Chamber Choir as their choir conductor. Secondly, I accepted a permanent position as conductor for the Os Chamber Choir (Os Kammerkor) February 1st. This choir is one of five participating choirs in a project group being coordinated through Bergen’s Fana Lutheran Church and Os Lutheran Church. This choir is preparing for two performances of Handel’s Messiah in March 2015 before Easter week in late March/early April. This switch for me marks the end of my time as reserve conductor for the Unneland Community Choir, but I will still continue on as their piano accompanist.

I also got called by the Osterøy Lutheran Parish to work on a temporary basis in a 40% position from February 18-June 14, 2015 as a church organist. One of the cantors is taking parental leave over that time frame, which means I will play most often between Hosanger and Hamre Lutheran Churches for church services, but will also be on call for seniors home devotionals and funerals, and possible weddings should schedules develop as such.

I am also starting as part of a new musical duo with singer/songwriter Amalie Torp called “Dual Impressions,” which will be playing light pop and easy listening music. More details are forthcoming as original songs are composed and refined. Thanks from both of us to Osterøy photographer Helge Aspevik for a wonderful photo shoot that will help us with our publicity. You can contact us via e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it We have a twitter account as well (@dualimpressions) and a Facebook artist page with new content being posted (https://www.facebook.com/DualImpressions?ref=hl) as well as plans for recording a single later this year.

Check the calendar section of this website for more information on dates, locations and times if you are in the Bergen area. Some summer dates for Canada are listed as well, with more dates awaiting confirmation as of this article. Until next time, see you down the musical trail!



Musically yours, Trent