HÅVARD REM – LYRICIST
Håvard Rem’s song texts have been set to music and used by artists and bands such as Gulli Briem (Mezzoforte), Gisle Kverndokk, a-ha, Morten Harket, Kaizers Orchestra, Vamp, Jørn Hoel, Morten Abel and Silje Nergaard. Rem’s earlier renderings of Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen have been performed by Åge Aleksandersen, Kari Bremnes, Sidsel Endresen, Sondre Bratland and Kirsten Bråten Berg, among others. Rem has also produced adaptations of light operas, musicals, and dramas with musical elements, including “Hair”, “Rent”, and “Romeo and Juliet”, which have been staged at Nationaltheatret, Oslo Nye Teater, Riksteatret, Den Nationale Scene, Rogaland Teater and Trøndelag Teater. Rem has received Spellemannprisen, Norway’s Grammy, for the Song of the Year (1995), the Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricist (NOPA) prize for Text of the Year (2012), and the Lyric Writers Fund Special Award (2016).
Christiania Mannskor, established in 2009, is Norway’s only professional men’s choir. It is made up of 18 singers under the direction of conductor Marius Skjølaas. The ensemble has regular concert engagements in Oslo and countrywide and has performed at the invitation of, among others, the Norwegian government and parliament. Christiania Mannskor is dedicated to the renewal and revitalization of men’s choir singing in Norway. “Something Borrowed” is the ensemble’s fourth recording on the LAWO Classics label. Previous releases include “Something New” (2014) and “Something Blue” (2016), as well as “Norge, mitt Norge” (2017), together with the Royal Norwegian Air Force Band. This new album also includes the sheet music booklet “Something Borrowed” in collaboration with Norsk Musikforlag AS.
MARIUS SKJØLAAS – CONDUCTOR
Marius Skjølaas studied church music with a major in choral conducting at the Norwegian Academy of Music. He studied with Grete Pedersen, Jesper Grove Jørgensen (Copenhagen), Harald Herresthal, and Kåre Nordstoga. He has also participated in master classes and shorter courses of study with Eric Ericson, Stefan Parkman, and David Hill. Skjølaas serves as organist and choirmaster of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Oslo and is artistic director of the chamber choir Oslo Chorale Selskap.