PUST – “… sounds like something that has never been heard before…” (the international jury in Tampere Vocal Music Festival – June 2005)
“The vocal group PUST has done it again. They are wild growing, challenging and unpredictable, both experimental and temperamental in their vocal pleasure.” (Svein Andersen, 25.09.09, Aftenposten)
“On its best it is magical.” (Per Ivar Henriksbø, 01.10.09, Gudbrandsdølen) “Together PUST possesses a vocal magnificence that is rare, and they suit each other in an extraordinary manner.” (Tor Hammerø, 01.09.09, Nettavisen)
“A unique a cappella experience that features passionate performances, impeccable musicality, and a strange, unique approach to music through "voiceplay". Definitely the most intriguing and pleasantly different album of 2009.” (Andrew DiMartino, 24.01.10, The Recorded A Cappella Review Board)
PUST means breath in Norwegian. It also means to take a break, to get away, to breathe.
PUST is six skilled singers based in Oslo. The group’s key qualities are versatility, creativity and ”voiceplay” in addition to improvisation, combined with a high level of musicianship. PUST finds inspiration somewhere between folksong, jazz and ethnic vocal music. Tradition and innovation are a part of the group’s musical expression. All compositions and arrangements are written for or by the group.
Their first album ”Femkant” was released September 2007. The album received great response from both Norwegian press and the audience, and was nominated by Contemporary Acappella Recording Awards (CARA) for best a cappella Jazz Album 2007. It was also nominated for a Norwegian Grammy Award 2007 (Spellemannprisen), and chosen as “Picks of the decade” by The Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB).
Their second album ”Kry” was launched September 2009. The album includes songs composed by members of the group, and all the lyrics are in Norwegian. The album has received 4 CARA nominations, including “Best folk/world album” and “Best European Album”.
In 2009 PUST performed together with Bobby McFerrin in Oslo Concert Hall, shared stage with The Manhattan Transfer at Vocal Jazz Summit in Mainz, and with Club for Five (Finland) at the Voice Mania festival in Vienna. PUST is considered as one of the leading and most innovative vocal groups in Scandinavia, and their ambitions and performing activity are still growing.
In 2011 PUST will release a Christmas album. In February they will perform at Polarjazz at Svalbard, the world's northernmost jazz festival in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. In May, they are one of the main attractions at major festivals such as Aarhus Vocal Festival and A Cappella Woche Hannover.
The members of PUST are Jorunn Lovise Husan (soprano), Anne Hilde Grøv (soprano), Elisabeth Anvik (alto), Jostein Hasselgård (tenor), Håvard Gravdal (baryton) and Mads Iversen (bass).