New album! Starry Crowns in Heaven
October 12th SKRUK released their latest album, Starry Crowns in Heaven. This is an album totally devoted to spirituals, and Moses Hogan is the main contributor of songs and arrangements. Among the tracks are quiet and beautiful songs like We shall walk through the valley in peace, Abide with me and Give me Jesus. There are also more up-tempo tracks like Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel, Good news, chariot's comin' and Elijah Rock. SKRUK has been inspired to learn these songs through visits to New Orleans and also by Professor Carver Davenport's visits to Norway. Many of these spirituals have been part of SKRUK's concert programme for some time already, but only now they are available in album version. The album contains fourteen tracks in total and can be purchased online from www.kkv.no
CANCELLED: California tour of 2009
We are very sorry to inform our friends in California that the long planned tour to Southern California in June in 2009 has been cancelled. The reason for the cancellation is the uncertain economical situation in the US these days, and the qhoir did not find it possible to secure the financial basis for the tour. However, we really hope that the plans can be realised another year!
This summer Skruk recorded the mass "Misa Campesina" in the church of Volda. The choir once again used the great acoustics in this church. The recording is an cooperation with the Nicaraguan composer Carlos Mejía Godoy. The recording was done with a local Nicaraguan band, and the language is be both Spanish and Norewgian. Skruk is hoping to go to Nicaragua to perform the music. The album will be available at www.kkv.no after its release (autumn 08)
5th-7th of April Skruk held 4 concerts in the area around Bergen. The very satisfied audience got an variety of a cappella music. The choir presented several new compositions, like the psalm "Å var eg meir deg Jesus lik" arranged by the Norwegian composer Magnar Åm.
New edition of Hallelujazz
Kirkelig Kulturverksted have been re-publishing a series of old LP-recordings. Now they have released the new version of the legendaric concert from 1984 in Grieghallen i Bergen. In addition to Skruk, Ytre Suløens Jass-ensemble, Iver Kleive, Marit Carlsen etc contributes on the CD.
Listen to Hallelujazz!
Sold out concerts in Rogaland
photo: Hanna Maria Van Zjip Nilsen
Skruk and Nymark Collective were touring the region Rogaland with the concert "Dype Stille Sterke Milde" in September. Sandnes kulturhus and Suldal kulturhus were both sold out, and the response from both the audience and the press were very positive. Skruk had to a cappella concerts in addition, in the church of Undheim and the church of Jørpeland.
Molde International Jazzfestival
The new album "Dype Stille Sterke Milde", was performed at well known Molde Intenational Jazz Festival 16th - 21th July 2007. Two sold out concerts and an enthusiastic audience made it become an great success.