Trent Bruner

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Hello, everyone!  Now that I have a pause between musical activities, here's the latest news from what has happened in Norway and Canada from April to June 2012.

Most of the past few months in Norway has been busy for me composing new piano pieces, doing subsitute music teaching and accompanying for the Bergen Culture School, making appearances as a choir accompanist and being hired as a substitute conductor and substitute church organist, not to mention accompanying some Canadian fiddlers at shows, dances and fiddle contests as well, and two album release parties. But let's start in April 2012 to bring you up to date.

April 2012 kept me busy in Saskatchewan as I did some recording for a gospel composer from Langham, Saskatchewan named Carolyn Enns. This project was done at Keyteck Studios in Hague with Wes Friesen and Lucas Welsh taking their place at the controls. SHe plans to release a mini-CD of her original gospel songs in the future. Then I had two appearances with The Cleavers (Rodney Krip, Tyler Kushneryk and Yours truly); one with Gravelbourg's Les Danseurs de la Riviere La Veille along with Quebec City button accordionist and step dancer Benoit Bourque (of La Bottine Souriante) and Montreal round dance instructor France Bourque-Moreau on April 14th. The second one was to capacity crowds for our appearance for the Monday Night Fiddle Night at the Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on April 16th.

Between those performances, I was accompanying John Arcand, Victor Rose, and Desmond Lagace on April 15th at an album release party at Saskatoon's Roxy Theatre, which was sponsored by the Gabriel Dumont Institute, a Metis research organization. The album that was released was an archival recording of old Metis fiddle tunes to preserve and promote Metis culture in Saskatchewan and Canada. Over 100 people came to this free concert.

April 20th-22nd saw me travel to Alberta for Calvin Vollrath's 19th annual album release party, with the entire event taking place at the Morinville Community Arts Centre in Morinville, located northwest of Edmonton. The Friday night supper and dance, the Saturday night release party show and dance, and the Sunday afternoon gala event all went very well. The hall that we played in served as a great mulit-purpose arts centre for the entire weekend and the sound crew was more than first rate!!

Upon my return to Norway, Osterøy Spel- og Dansarlag released their second album on May 20th at the Osterøy Museum's Heritage days in the afternoon, followed by a late night concert at Logen Pub in Bergen. The album is called "Fela Liv," which is the name of the adult fiddle group for the local fiddle and dance troupe on the island of Osterøy. It was a privilege to produce and perform on this album with the group. I look forward to more of these projects.

Six days later, I was asked to provide live flamengo dance music for my daughter's flamingo dance troupe recital on May 26th. The Bergen-based instructor, Danitza Olea, is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but moved to Norway in 2004. She danced live to one of my piano compositions, Paulina, which was named after Buenos Aires folk dancer Paulina Torres, whom I met in 1998 on tour with The Cleavers and La Ribambelle in The Canary Islands in Spain. It was truly an honour to play live music for Danitza, a wonderful dancer and teacher. Hannah Moira, our daughter, also played some Irish and Canadian fiddle tunes to add some variety to the afternoon performance.

From June 1st and 2nd, I accompanied the Unneland Community Choir under the direction of Tone Lise Moberg at a regional choir festival in the small Norwegian city of Haugesund, between Bergen and Stavanger along the Western Norwegian coast. The choir had two performances during this festival. One inspirational set was performed during a Saturday morning church concert and one Irish pub set was sung at a local shopping mall during the afternoon; both to enthusiastic audiences. And I found time to write some other melodies as well as be invited by the Breistein Male Chorus and Bjørgvin Mixed Choir (of Bergen) to be their choir director for the fall 2012. It's safe to say that I will be busy for the next few months!

I'll close here for now. Until next time, see you soon down the musical trail!

Musically yours, Trent