Zotora has been a didgeridoo player for over 30 years and has given more than 300 concerts in the Emanuel Vigeland Museum. The track «Breath in the Mausoleum» reflects the sound journey you enter when you attend one of his renowned live concerts.
"Zotora way with the didgeridoo is pure mastery, leaving his audience spellbound as he skillfully plays with the special acoustic quality of the mausoleum" - R.C
Zotora plays live concerts in the mausoleum (almost) every full moon! To get your ticket click here.
"Déja-vu". Didgeridoo Zotora. El-guitar Eivind Aarseth.
«The thought behind Emigrate was to draw the didgeridoo towards a more Norwegian sound than commonly thought of with this instrument. I wished to form a sound-journey where the didgeridoo is the basic instrument, yet put into a larger context through collaboration with other musicians. I wanted to keep a simple expression with the didgeridoo as a foundation, then build different rooms on top, mostly with one musician at a time.»
- Zotora, 1998 (Emigrate release date).
The musicians: Zotora, didgeridoo; Øystein Sevåg, synth (2&6); Eivind Aarseth, el-guitar (3,5 & 11;) Paolo Vinaccia, percussion, (5 & 8); Kenneth Ekornes, percussion, (7); Elin Ødegaard, voice (2 &10); Carl Petter Opshal, bass-clarinet (7); Hallgrim Berg, jaw harp, willow flute, voice (1,4 & 8); Maria Sevåg, violin (9).
FROM THE PRESS:
"Zotora is a fabulous didgeridoo player. Here he has made an ambient CD full of warmth. The sound is mystic and exciting, not unlike Mari Boine. There is so much variation here, you will never get bored."
-Farojornalen, World music, Ambient
"MUSICAL SOUL ATTACK"
"You feel like dancing, screaming - really let your primeval instinct loose. This is a great CD! The sound of Zotoras didgeridoo is laying like thick fog on all the tracks, but it is the other instruments that play the main part. This is what makes the CD so exciting. This is a record well worth buying, not because you are so very interested in Aboriginal Australia or transcendental experiences - but just because you like good music."
- Varden Newspaper
ART OF MAGIC
"This is a straightforward phenomenal music experience created by a Norwegian. If you are looking for music that really takes you on a journey, your body relaxed but your subconsciousness awake, then Zotora is your man. Special music, yet extremely elegant "A kangaroo in Hallingdal".
- DTBB Newspaper
"Together with his musicians, he plays around in a completely open landscape, not unlike the border crossing Jan Garbarek. It is done in an unconventional way, yet with great respect for the instrument. It is absolutely beautiful to listen to."
- Porsgrunn Dagblad Newspaper
The CD «Ninji-Ninji» (playful ceremony) was released in 1994. The didgeridoo is the only instrument. Inspired by the aboriginal music of Australia Zotora wished to cultivate a clean and simple expression.
What the press has to say:
"Zotora masters fully this technique of breathing as David Hudson and other famous didgeridoo players. For urban people, this is a sixty-five-minute exotic meeting with nature"
- Urban - Gunnar Innvær
"A brave and modern look into an ancient tradition."
- Natt og Dag - Ask
"Uncompromising and filled with respect and love for this very special wind instrument. If you let yourself go into this magical world, you will experience a new dimension of life"
- Fedrelandsvennen - Sigbjørn Nedland