Tuvaband. Photo by Maria Louceiro.

Norway Emerging Artists
Tuvaband + Marthe Halvorsen

Ottawa, Ontario

October 20, 2022

Presented by
National Arts Centre

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An evening of performances by Norwegian artist Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser (Tuvaband) and Montreal based Norwegian artist Marthe Halvorsen.

Over the last few years Norwegian artist Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser has proven herself a master of crafting songs that capture a special atmosphere in her sound, that paint a shapeshifting world of burning emotion, music that spellbinds.

Marthe Halvorsen is a Montreal based Norwegian artist and composer who weaves together dreamy Pop music with influences from Folk and World Music. In 2018 she released her debut album All is in The Seed, receiving great acclaim around the world. With a unique sincerity in her voice Marthe Halvorsen has a special ability to touch something deep inside the listener.


Oslo, Norway-based indie-rock artist Tuvaband (Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser) is a critically-acclaimed artist with an impressive international profile that, to date, has earned 40 million cumulative streams on Spotify. Tuvaband is the wildly eclectic brainchild of fearless songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser. Tuva previously earned a Norwegian Grammy nomination. Her song “Irreversible” was remixed by beloved dub icon Lee «Scratch» Perry. Tuva’s intrepid artistry has garnered favorable comparisons to Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, David Lynch, and Coco- Rosie. Her songwriting exudes an indie-pop mystique, easing through delicate, piano-led folk, softly-soaring post-rock, and carefully-crafted sound design. Floating over these carefully-composed songs and densely textured soundscapes are Tuva’s fluttery vocals which manage to be both visceral and vulnerable. Tuvaband’s upcoming album, New Orders —her fourth overall—is a bold exploration of the many facets of her creativity. It marks the first time she did everything on an album, including playing all the instruments (except trombone and drums, though she programmed these beforehand and additionally kept parts of it), recording, producing, and mixing. It’s a pure transmission of Tuva’s full-bloom artistry.


Marthe Halvorsen

Marthe Halvorsen is a Montréal based Norwegian artist and composer who weaves together dreamy Pop music with influences from Folk and World Music. Having grown up in Arctic Norway, nature has always been an important source of inspiration in her music. The spaciousness and the raw unpolished landscapes of the north can be traced in her sense of songwriting and taste in music production. With a love for a minimalistic and an unpolished sound, Marthe seeks to write songs that carry an intention and that comes from an authentic place within herself. Serving as a tool for reflexion and connection.

The release of her debut album All is in The Seed has been followed by an album tour in Norway as well as a series of concerts in both Norway and Canada, including a mini tour in Québec in 2019. She has played for several Montréal Festivals such as Festival FIKA(S) (2019), Pop Montreal (2019 & 2020) , Festival FAR (2021) and MUZ – Vision Diversité (2021). Marthe officially became a Canadian resident in 2020 and is in the process of establishing herself as an artist in Québec and Canada.