A brief presentation of PUST

Photos: Markku Pihlaja

PUST means breath in Norwegian. It also means to take a break, to get away, to breathe. You can hold it too, but that's not a very good idea when you’re singing.

PUST is six skilled singers based in Oslo. The group’s key qualities are versatility, creativity and ”voiceplay” in addition to improvisation combined with a high level of musicianship. The singers are highly scholared and music-educated, with long experience from various vocal ensembles.

Anne Hilde Grøv (soprano)
Camilla Susann Haug (soprano)
Elisabeth Anvik (alto)
Jostein Hasselgård (tenor)
Håvard Gravdal (baryton)
Mads Iversen (bass)
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PUST finds inspiration somewhere between folksong, jazz and ethnic vocal music. Tradition and innovation are a part of the groups musical expression. All compositions and arrangements are written for or by the group.

Their first album Femkant was released September 2007. The album received great response from both Norwegian press and the audience with headlines as "vocal sensation" and "vocal charm and voiceplay from another world". Femkant was nominated by Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards (CARA) for best a cappella Jazz Album 2007. It was also nominated for a Norwegian Grammy Award 2007 (Spellemannprisen).

Their second album Kry was launched September 2009. The album includes songs composed by members of the group, and all the lyrics are in Norwegian. The album has received a lot of great reviews in Norwegian press. Kry was nominated in 4 categories by Comtemporary A Cappella Recording Awards 2010 (CARA).

In 2011 PUST released its third album - Julero (Christmas Calm) - which was one of the bestselling Norwegian Christmas albums that season. It was also highly acclaimed. The critic in Norway’s leading newspaper Aftenposten concluded that it’s ”a Christmas album for eternity”. This album is also with Norwegian lyrics only. All the first three albums have received great review with high scores from The Recorded A Cappella Review Board.

The 10 years anninersary album Fryktløs was released last autumn. This is a singer/songwriter album in a folk/pop genre with mostly compositions and lyrics written by the PUST members. You can listen to some of the tracks at SoundCloud.

How to order the music of PUST.

PUST is steadily increasing its activity, both in Norway and internationally. Last 3 seasons the ensemble had nearly 60 concerts and performances a year. The group has been invited to popular Norwegian festivals, as well as being guest artist at international vocal festivals in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, France and Taiwan. PUST has shared concerts with Bobby McFerrin and The Manhattan Transfer (among others).

In addition, PUST do a lot of school concerts, workshops with choirs and vocal ensembles, and chorus dubbing on Norwegian versions of cartoons and animated movies.

PUST was the 1st prize winner of the international contest for vocal groups at the Tampere Vocal Music Festival 2005 in Finland. In hard competition with groups from all over Europe, the jury claimed that PUST with their individuality, charm and high musical level constructs something new in their genre.

PUST, c/o Håvard Gravdal
Adr: Rosenlundgt 17, 0474 OSLO, NORWAY
Email: post@pust.org
Cell phone: +47 93 26 65 09