Akkustisk kveld: Jabber Wockie 18/01
Jabber Wockie is a fresh, exciting and upcoming band, formed in 2008 by Texan jazz and R&B singer, Hannah Long (lyrics/vocals) and Arnstein Svanholm (music/guitarist). Jabber Wockie is based in Trondheim, Norway and has appeared at venues such as Familien, Rabarbra, 3B, International Day Festival, Pias Cafe and on the Radio Revolt Morning Show. The band started as a duo with roots in R&B, Latin, Jazz and Rock. In 2010 Anne SÃ¸rtÃ¸mme (accordian) Udi Shlomo (drums) joined the band, adding layers and colors to the music.
Born in California, raised in Texas, Hannah Long began performing in musicals in Houston at the age of 12. But it was at the Paradise Jazz Bar that it all started, when she at the age of 5 first heard jazz. After graduating from the High School for the Performing Arts in 1991, she began studying jazz vocals and improvisation at Hampshire College with, among others, Yusef Lateef. She then transferred to the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NYC so that she could develop her voice while performing in local venues such as St Marks Bar & the Knitting Factory. After graduating from AMDA in 1996 she continued her studies at The New School, NYC, receiving a BFA and simultaneously performing with the rock band, Psycho the Clown. After graduating, she sang jazz and rock while performing and stage managing in NYC Vaudeville troupes including The Bindlestiff Family Circus. Throughout this period, Hannah was writing lyrics and original melodies that would be incorporated into bands in Austin, TX when she moved there in 2000. In 2007 Hannah moved to Trondheim Norway. After meeting Arnstein Svanholm, they began to collaborate on his melodies and Hannah’s lyrics and develop what is now Jabber Wockie! She is now living in Norway, playing original tunes she loves!
Arnstein Dahle Svanholm, born in 1985 in Trondheim, started playing guitar in 1999 while living in Ecuador. During his high school years back in Trondheim he joined his first band. He swore to realm of progressive rock and metal, but became curious of other styles of music and enrolled to the jazz program at Toneheim FolkehÃ¸gskole. He later started his degree in musicology at NTNU in Trondheim. He continued to study jazz and Latin guitar while feeding his appetite for prog in the local backup band for progrocker Neal Morse. In 2007 he and bass player Tormod Gilberg, sought out Hannah Long in what would become Jabber Wockie. Last year he also joined a local disco band called Leisure Suit Lovers.
Udi is a graduate from the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary music in Israel.
He has been performing and recording with some of the finest artist in Israel, in a variety of styles: Jazz, Rock, Latin, Big-Band, Folk, Funk and more.
He has played with international artists such as Lou Soloff, Sheila Jordan, Tom Teasley, Pancho Blumenzweig, Arnie Lawrence, Harold Rubin, Andre Thomas, Judy Silvano and Chuck Israels, while they were performing in Israel.
During the last decade he has toured and played in England, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Turkey and Romania.
Udi recently moved to Trondheim.
Anne has a Master in musicology, with emphasis on Mongolian music and nationalism, and ethnomusicology in general.
She has been playing accordion in the klezmerband Shira Etana who recently released their debut album “Spiel Klezmer”. The record attained great reviews. Shira Etana also attended The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s talent program “Kjempesjansen” in 2006, and have played concerts in England, Russia and all over Norway.
Besides playing the accordion, she is conducting choirs and teaching.
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