Working with both electronic sound processing and acoustic sound, Tone Åse explores new possibilities as improvising vocalist. She interacts with her fellow musicians both in the traditional sense of being a singer, but also as a soundscaper, stretching the instrumental capabilities of the voice in the improvised interplay. Her way of working has developed gradually, starting off experimenting with the voice itself in the improvising a cappella group Kvitretten (w/Eldbjørg Raknes, Kristin Asbjørnsen and Solveig Slettahjell, ) who were breaking new ground for a cappella music in Norway and elsewhere in the 90’s. Further on she has been part of (and leader 2006-2011) improvising vocal ensemble Trondheim Voices, and initiated their work with live electronics, which started in 2011. Most of all Tone Åse has developed her work with electronic soundscaping through her long time collaboration in her band BOL /Bol&Snah with keyboard player Ståle Storløkken and drummer Tor Haugerud – and since 2013 also Hans Magnus Ryan, guitarist of legendary Norwegian rock band Motorpsycho. Since 2011 she has composed most of the music for the band. Through different collaborations and projects, among others Voxpheria with drummer Thomas Strønen, early Live Maria Roggen Band, Marilyn Mazur’s Future Song and others, she has explored and developed further her own way of working within different improvisational settings. She has since 1994 released several CDs with the groups Kvitretten, Trondheim Voices and BOL/Bol&Snah, besides contributing to other CD productions.

Tone, born 1965 in Bergen, Norway, started off her education as a classical singer. Working on her performing Bachelor degree at the Music Conservatories in Tromsø and Trondheim, she (outside of the curriculum) discovered the strength and freedom in improvised music. In her last year as a classical student at the Conservatory of Trondheim, NTNU in 1991, she was also given lessons in jazz improvisation by one of the mentors of the Jazz Department, saxophone player Jon Pål Inderberg. Meeting and working with fellow student jazz singer Eldbjørg Raknes in both the a cappella group Kvitretten and with Raknes’ music for children, was an important inspiration and influence towards exploring further the possibilities in voice and improvisation. Her Master degree in musicology, now with jazz vocal as her main instrument, was started in 1994. Vocal teachers were Elin Rosseland and Sidsel Endresen, who also were of great importance and inspiration as performing artists, and still are. The Master degree was finished several years (and children) later. Based on many years of teaching improvisation, both as a choir conductor, workshop-leader and teacher at the Institute of music, NTNU, she finished her Master degree doing research on this practice (NTNU 2007). From 2008 Tone Åse was a research fellow in The National Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowships Program, which she fulfilled September 2012. In her project she has continued her development and research in the field of voice and electronics in improvised music.

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