The experimental jazz band “Shining” could celebrate this week after winning the Statoil Stipend at the popular annual Norwegian music conference and festival Bylarm, known for spotting new talent. The prize carried a cash stipend for NOK 1 million (USD 181,000).
It was the sixth time the stipend was awarded to help Norwegian artists launch their music beyond Norway’s borders. The jury believed “Shining” was best on stage of bands competing, and delivered technically advanced and original music that set itself apart.
Jørgen Munkeby of “Shining” said the band has a three-year plan involving three or four concert tours in the US and a new record. “At the same time, we also want to keep working in Norway and Europe,” Munkeby told news bureau NTB.
Other nominees included some well-known names in Norway such as Ida Jenshus and Thomas Dybdahl, as well as HighasaKite, Mikhael Paskalev, Young Dreams, Truls and Monica Heldal. Earlier winners of the Statoil Stipend include Jarle Bernhoft and Ingrid Olava.
Another major award handed out during Bylarm last week, the Nordic Music Prize, went to the popular Swedish duo “First Aid Kit,” comprised of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, for their album “The Lion’s Roar.” The jury called their songwriting “exquisite,” their melodies “timeless” and their harmonies “heartbreakingly beautiful.”
Bylarm attracted enthusiastic crowds at venues all over Oslo and is now viewed as the best forum in Europe for discovering new talent. Half of the artists performing at Bylarm are Norwegian, the other half from other Nordic countries, while the event also serves as a meeting place for music industry officials.