Posted by Manon Courtaux

Marita Isobel Solberg (Bilde tatt av: Katarzyna Mikolajewska)

Those who haven’t ever been in the same room as Marita Isobel Solberg (aka Mara, the singer of Mara and the Inner Strangeness) when she’s performing won’t realize how much she can frighten the poor men in front of her. And maybe the women, too. On Tuesday 17th the artist sang two songs, accompanied by two excellent musicians: Mr. River Warbler (aka Stig Arne Sigmund Pettersen) on drums and Mr. Oyster Catcher (aka Christo Stangness) on double-bass.

At first, kneeling in the middle of the small room and in the middle of the circle of people standing along the walls, she began to sing “The Thought Beyond”. The song apparently concerned itself with silence. Then, disappearing into a corridor, she went on after a short while with “The Sound of Stone”. This was about the center of the Earth in which one can hear the sound. All the while she was going round the room, looking the spectators and musicians in the eyes, seemingly in her own world, acting out her emotions. Her presence and her voice, sometimes a cry, sometimes a murmur, always intense, were filling the place, creating the sound and the silence. Her way of singing, so powerful and free, reminded us of Björk’s…