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Come 03:50
Ethereal 03:19
Mazuu 05:43
Inner Lift 00:57
Raindrops 11:33
Traces 01:36
Ohro 01:57
Swimmingly 04:14
Still Safe 05:13


Conceived by master vocal improvisers Sissel Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan, “Inner Lift” draws on various traditions and genres to create a sound world entirely unto itself. Curious, searching, meditative, melodic, rhythmic, ambient and powerfully evocative, the album was constructed using the human voice, live processing and the minimal instrumentation of a zither and Tibetan singing bowls. But the whole is truly more than the sum of its parts in this case, encompassing the melding of minds, voices and spirits into a stunningly beautiful collection of new music. Sissel Vera Pettersen is artistic director of Trondheim Voices and has collaborated with Chick Corea, Marilyn Mazur, Jon Balke, Lionel Loueke, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, Marc Ducret, Terje Isungset and others. Randi Pontoppidan has toured worldwide with Theatre of Voices and has collaborated with artists including Greg Cohen, Joélle Léandre, Thomas Buckner, Simon Toldam, Jamaladeen Tacuma, and IKI.


released May 26, 2021

Sissel Vera Pettersen: voice, live electronic processing, singing bowls 

Randi Pontoppidan: voice, live electronic processing, prepared zither
All tracks improvised live, no overdubs.

Recorded by Thomas Vang in The Village Studio
Mixed by August Wanngren in Virkeligheden Studio
Mastered by Morten Bue
Produced by Sissel Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan
Photos: Hanne Hvattum
Cover design/concept: Ernesta Vala
Supported by Koda Culture Funds & Norwegian Arts council


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Sissel Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan Copenhagen, Denmark

Sissel & Randi are both cutting edge vocal improvisers, working in a wide field of free improv, jazz and contemporary music.Through exploring the voice as instruments, combining live electronics and extended vocal techniques, they create a world of mesmerizing soundscapes. simple and complex, minimalistic and cacophonic, soothing and challenging. A meditative musical playground. ... more

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