ABOUT


Julie Rokseth
harpist · composer · artist

Julie graduated her classical harp Bachelor in 2011. From there her search for a more creative musical life led her to diving into Celtic and Scandinavian folk music and creating the duo “Julie & Andreas” with her brother on the bandoneon. Together they travelled to Buenos Aires, and under the guidance of the tango icon Pablo Mainetti, Julie started her first explorations into using the harp as a tango instrument.

This topic became the focus of her tango Master degree Codarts Univeristy of the Arts in Rotterdam (2015-2017). During the two year studies, she created an authentic tango voice for the harp and her “Toolbox for the Tango Harpist”. In short terms this work included investigation of the traditional roles of other instrument groups in the tango (techniques, playing styles etc.), and incorporating the applicable techniques into her own playing style on the harp. She also approached it from the perspective of investigating which extended techniques already exists for the harp, and how they can complement the tango style in an authentic way. The resulting “Toolbox for the Tango Harpist” includes instruction on how to play and notate a range of new techniques – a resource that is useful for the harpist and composer alike. As a part of this project she also wrote several compositions, both for solo harp and harp with bandoneon. She graduated with her masters cum laude and received a 10/10 mark for her final exam performance.

Julie is now working freelance in Scandinavia and Europe, where her focus is working on projects where she can combine her composing talent with her skills as a harpist. Her main effort goes into the duo Julie & Andreas. The duo “Fjoo” is another musical project of Julie together with Axel Tideman (synth, percussion, loops, programming) which explores improvisation and live processing of both acoustic and electric instruments. The last two year she has performed at amongst others Mandal Jazz Festival (Norway) with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, the art festival NEU NOW with “Julie & Andreas”, the words biggest tango festival “Tango Buenos Aires Festival y Mundial” with the same duo, participated in CD-recording with OTRA Tango Orchestra and Omar Mollo and been a guest musician with the free-impro duo Nørstebø/Lercher which will result in an album released in January 2019.

Julie is currently freelancing and touring Julie & Andreas’ new album “With the Sky in Our Hands – the tangos” in Norway and the world. She is also working with Evelyn Ovesen from SulaKultur (SulaCulture) on developing an Artist in Residency for international and national artists, writers and musicians.

ENSEMBLES

Julie & Andreas
harp, bandoneon
“It’s extraordinarily exquisite in its combinations and dash of audacity.”

Through this uncommon mix of instruments, combining the gritty heritage of the bandoneon with the majesty and elegance of the harp, a profound musical tension is created. This unique energy sparks and illuminates them as uncommonly beautiful in their innovative musical drift between folk, tango and classical styles. Theirs is a truly rare and enchanting experience.

NEW ALBUM OUT NOW
www.harp-bandoneon.com


Fjoo
harp + electronics, synth, percussion

The duo “Fjoo” consists of Julie Rokseth on the harp and Axel Tidemann on electronics, synth and percussion. Through improvisation and live processing of both acoustic and electronic instruments, they create mesmerizing and immersive soundscapes. Their backgrounds are from classical music, world music, technology and a desire to explore.


The Näkki Quartet
harp, bandoneon, violin, double bass

How does the harp translate to the brutality of the tango? What kind of dancesteps do the violin and the bandoneon need to settle in order to support each other? How could the double bass sing like the vocalists of old? These are questions this vibrant ensemble is exploring. Founded early 2016 in Rotterdam in the Netherlands where the quartet is now actively performing, they combine tango and nordic folk music. This unusual combination of genres is making the music sound precious and unique.

 

PROJECTS

Recent

  • 2018 Julie & Andreas album release and “With the Sky in Our Hands –
    the tangos” and world tour.

  • 2018 Composing film music for Vlčí stezky (Wolf Paths) by animator and artist Noemi Valentíny.

  • 2017 Artistic Research during Master Degree:
    “The Harp – No Tango Tourist”
    “Toolbox for the Tango Harpist”
  • Published in the Research Catalouge
    www.researchcatalogue.net

  • 2017 Artist in Residency on Sula, making album with Daniel Lercher & Henrik Nørstebø. Release: January 2019.
    Read more about the project here.

Upcoming

  • EP release with Fjoo.
    Composed and recorded May 2018.
    Planned release March 2019
  • Composing and creating performance with Michalis Cholevas (composer, tarhu, ney), Kami-Lynne Bruin and Tarek Rammo (acrobats, aerialists, dancers).
    Spring 2019 and Spring 2020.
 

COMPOSITIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS

Harp Solo

Prólogo 2: Alma Herida (2017)

Composition

 

02:02


Sangen til Matt (2015)

Composition

 

02:40


Tomhet (2014)

Composition

 

04:30


Folk Harp, Bandoneon

Noctilique del Tango (2018)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

04:15


Prólogo 3: Alma, no entornes tu ventana (2018)

Composition

Co-writers Andreas Rokseth and Daniel Lercher

03:35


Skyving (2017)

    1. Wide-eye Mischief (1:50)
    
2. Conscience and Consequence (2:30)
    
3. Wonder and Regret (3:55)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

08:15


Sildring (2017)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

05:30


Desde el Alma – R. Melo (2017)

Arrangement

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

03:30


La Trampera – A. Troilo (2017)

Arrangement

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

03:00


Tango pour Claude – R. Galliano (2017)

Arrangement

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

04:40


Noctilucas (2015)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

03:30


Brillo (2015)

Composition

 

03:50


Bekkedans (2015)

Composition

 

04:40


Nærvær (2014)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

04:00


Rosekyrkja (2013)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

04:00


Bruremarsj fra Sula (2013)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

04:00


Caol Ilah (2013)

Composition

 

03:20


Pedal Harp, Bandoneon


El Cielo en las Manos – A. Piazzolla (2017)

Arrangement

 

05:10


Los Mareados – J. C. Cobián (2017)

Arrangement

 

06:30


Yo te Bendigo – J. D. Filiberto (2016)

Arrangement

 

06:30


Milonga Triste – S. Piana (2014)

Arrangement

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

06:30


Variación sobre Nocturna l (2014)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

02:30


Variación sobre Nocturna ll (2014)

Composition

 

03:40


Prólogo (2014)

Composition

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

02:10


Palomita Blanca – A. Aieta (2014)

Arrangement

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

04:30


Nunca Tuvo Novio – A. Bardi (2013)

Arrangement

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

06:50


Tanti Anni Prima – A. Piazzolla (2012)

Arrangement

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

07:20


Oblivion – A. Piazzolla (2012)

Arrangement

Co-writer Andreas Rokseth

04:20


Pedal Harp, Cello, Violin, Bandoneon

Ingeborgs Hage (2016)

Composition

 

04:10


Pedal Harp, Bandoneon, Voice

Det søng i Gammelfyret (2008)

Composition

 

04:40


Pedal Harp, Voice

Det er den draumen – O. J. Overøye (2015)

Arrangement

Co-writer Siri W. Evensen

05:20


Pedal Harp, Electronics, Synth, Percussion

Tulsi Te (2015)

Composition

Co-writer Axel Tidemann

13:20


Muldvarpen (2015)

Composition

Co-writer Axel Tidemann

02:50


Den lilla dråpen (2016)

Composition

Co-writer Axel Tidemann

03:00


Folk Harp, Electronics, Synth, Percussion

Kantelele (2016)

Composition

Co-writer Axel Tidemann

16:30


Porter (2017)

Composition

Co-writer Axel Tidemann

11:10


Tørket Mango (kjempesunt) (2017)

Composition

Co-writer Axel Tidemann

07:00


ART

Time-lapse
In the duo Julie & Andreas she is making and utilization time-lapse videos – exploring unique visual presentations to colour the music. Through time-lapse art she explores the passage of time and our perception of it as human beings.

One of the duos time-lapse films was exhibited at Neu Now 2017 in Amsterdam.

Excerpt from “Celebration” time-lapse

Photography and Design
Julie is active both as a photographer and designer. One of her latest works was photographing and designing the cover art for Alexandra Aldens release “Wild Honey”.

She is drawn to the idea of presenting a different take on reality – illustrating movements and patterns which can’t be perceived by humans, as we only experience one moment at the time.

Cover art for “Wild Honey”, Alexandra Alden

UPCOMING

Please find a list of upcoming concerts here.

Copyright 2018 Julie Rokseth
julierok@gmail.com
Website last updated Sunday, 21 April 2019