Trent Bruner

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Musical greetings to you all! I hope you are well wherever you are. Here's a collection of news items to pass on to you after a busy summer in Canada and some recent music activities this fall. 

In late August 2011, I played the Norwegian Pavilion for the first time at Saskatoon Folkfest, a multicultural festival organized by various Saskatoon cultural societies. It was a pleasure to be a piano soloist along with additional appearances with Everett Larson and the Dalen Band, along with being an accompanist for St. Walburg, Sask. vocalist Einar Jorgenson. Thank you to Arlene Jorgenson, entertainment coordinator for her kind invitation to perform at this annual event.  I also appeared at the Pembroke Fiddle and Step dance contest in Ontario on the Labour Day weekend as one of two house accompanists alongside Jake Charron, pianist and guitarist. Good times were had by all who attended, and a special thanks to the Pembroke committee for having me back for their annual event. 

I have been working with two recording projects in the Bergen, Norway area this fall. The first session has been with Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag and one of its performance groups, Fela Liv. I played piano accompaniment on three tunes and became the producer for this album, which has just completed recording. Mixing and mastering will be done in the coming weeks, with plans for a release in early 2012.  

The second session has been with Amalie Olsen, a songwriter from Lonevåg, Norway. She asked me and Silje Midtbø Vevle to accompany her on an original song titled Ikke gråt (Don’t Cry) which we performed on September 17, 2011 for a memorial concert in Valestrand, Norway for the victims of the tragedy of July 22nd on the island of Utøya, outside Oslo.  We were also honoured with the chance to record piano and violin parts for this song with Amalie at with Bergen percussionist and producer Magnus Skylstad. Plans for a music video and an English version of this song are also in the works as of this article. The goal for this song is to be released for commemorating the first anniversary of the July 22nd tragedy in 2012. Check back to this website for updates as they become available. 

I also began working with two choirs in the Bergen area this fall as a piano accompanist and a substitute choir director. I have the privilege of working with the Unneland Community Choir (Unnelandskoret) in Espeland, located east of Bergen, and The Highway Department Employee Choir (Vegkantoriet) from the Western regional office of the Norwegian Department of Highways, located in Bergen. I have been active in two concerts with Unnelandskoret and have two more concerts with this choir for December 2011. Vegkantoriet will have a day of lunch hour concerts for celebrating the season for their employees on Friday, December 16th. Both choirs are under the direction of Tone Lise Moberg. Check my performance calendar for further information on upcoming performances.

For me, plans are to finish my second solo piano CD in the New Year. This album will be a collection of my own original piano compositions. More information will come later.

Don’t forget to check my website for some good gift giving ideas for Christmas. More news will come after the Christmas concerts here in Norway. Take care until then!

Musically yours, Trent