VEV is a concert experience in which each musician's virtuosity and unique voice come into focus. The performers (SISU Percussion Trio, saxophone duo Rolf-Erik Nystrøm/Torben Snekkestad, solo harpist Ellen Bødtker, timpanist Torbjørn Ottersen) are among the elite of Norwegian musical life.
SISU is one of the most highly profiled contemporary music ensembles in Scandinavia. The group has been presenting distinguished music for percussion for almost 25 years. SISU is characterized by a distinctive aesthetic developed through their open and exploratory attitude towards sound, their boldness and curiosity regarding musical challenges, and their consciousness of the visual dimension in performance. SISU's members are Tomas Nilsson, Bjørn Skansen og Bjørn-Christian Svarstad.
Rolf-Erik Nystrøm og Torben Snekkestad are saxophonists, composers and improvisers. Both are internationally renowned for their virtuosity, their groundbreaking work on the expressive possibilities and playing techniques of the saxophone and for working in a wide range of musical genres including classical, contemporary music, jazz and folk music. To name just a few of the groups they work with on a regular basis: Rolf-Erik plays in Poing, Seven Winds, Hero, Nils Økland Ensemble og Oslo Sinfonietta. Torben plays in The Living Room, Copenhagen Saxophone Quartet, Per Oddvar Johansen Trio, and Barry Guy's Blue Shroud Band.
Ellen Bødtker is an innovative harpist and is today one of Scandinavia's leading and most highly profiled solo harpists. She has a broad repertoire ranging from the classics to modern works dedicated to her. She is known for her strong commitment to contemporary music and plays in ensembles such as Oslo Sinfonietta and Bit 20. Ellen was artistic leader and director (2009-2014) of the performance "Heart Blood" about Edvard Munch.
Torbjørn Ottersen has been alternating solo timpanist and percussionist in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005. Prior to that he was alternating solo percussionist in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and regular member of the BIT 20 Ensemble for seven years. He has worked with many of the world's most internationally renowned conductors and performed at prestigious concert stages around the world.