Chattermark is a electro-noise-drone improv duo consisting of John Lilja and Gunhild Seim.
Norwegian-American duo “Chattermark” has a reputation for being unpredictable. They have been working in a non-idiomatic zone since 2016, after having worked together in other bands. The duo was formed out of a desire to extend their instruments’ natural sounds and functions with the use of electronics, and create walls of sound or delicate soundscapes and anything in between.
John Lilja – El. Bass/electronics
Gunhild Seim – Trumpet/electronics
John Lilja is an American double bassist and composer. Attended Berklee College of Music in Boston (bachelor in jazz composition) and Faculty of the performing arts, University of Stavanger (master in music performance). He has been a member of Kitchen Orchestra since 2005 and has been the ensemble’s chairman since 2014. He has released two CDs as a leader, Robblerobble1 and Robblerobble2. He appears on over 30 releases as a sideman. He has composed music for the Dutch broadcast orchestra Metropol Orkest and the Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK), arranged music for Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and composed a work for solo double bass and electronics, «Weaving».
Gunhild Seim is a Norwegian composer and trumpet player who has been characterized as “an abundant source of ideas”. Twice a receiver of Norwegian Artist working grants, she has released 5 albums: three with her band Gunhild Seim and Time Jungle, «Story Water» (2013 – a commission by the festival Vossajazz), and her latest «Grenseland» (2018 – a collaboration with Marilyn Crispell and David Rothenberg). She is one of the founders of the Stavanger-based large ensemble Kitchen Orchestra. She works in the area between improvised and contemporary music, including crossovers to other art forms, for instance “Lyden av Vann» (2016), a commission for the 150th anniversary for the poet Sigbjørn Obstfelder.