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This blog is changing to (partly) English, as I see some Russian readers. Hello, Boris and Sergej.
A month ago, parts of the KonTiki2-expedition came together in Bergen to be trained by the doctors of Radio Medico at Haukeland University Hospital. I got to meet both Boris and Sergej. They are very friendly, and their English surprisingly fluant. Boris will be sailing on my raft, the Rahiti Tane. He works in Moscow as an anesthesiologist. Boris appears to be a very family centred man. I met his mother one day we were on Skype, and I hope to meet her at some point. Boris has a son who is a very skilled tap dancer, and who got married recently. I can imagine a russian wedding as a very pleasant (is it a russian wedding in the Deer Hunter?).
Boris plays the guitar and clarinet/saxophone. Musicality is important on a raft, and Cecilie is bringing her guitar. My knowledge about Russian music is limited to Jan Johanssons «Jazz på rysska», and I will bring that album on the raft. Boris and I talked about gypsy music, and Django Reinhart. I started linking this music in Kristiansand when I had a boyfriend who was a singer in Christiansand String Swing Ensemble, and I was introduced to a new universe of guitar play. I remember a party at Smia in Skippergata where Hot Club de Norwege came after their concert. It was the first time I saw a really skilled guitar player improvise. I can’t remember his name. He was from Holland.
Sergej and I talked a little bit about music, and we soon started talking about rock. Iron Maiden has been to Bergen a couple of times over the years I have lived there, and I love their live shows. Last summer, I met Nico (the drummer) at Fiskebryggen and got star struck for the first time as an adult. Sergej went to Metallica in Moscow just a few weeks ago, his pictures on Facebook show him having a really good time.
Jeg har fått litt tips om hvilken musikk jeg burde ta med meg. En journalist fra svensk radio, Jens, synes Georgiansk folkemusikk er det nydeligste i verden. Det tar jeg med meg. Og Øyvind Solberg på Amalie Skram vgs anbefalte Bolero av Ravel, Peer Gynt Suiten av Grieg, Perlefiskerduetten av Bizet og Brandenburgerkonserten til Bach. Hvis noen har musikktips til meg, så tar jeg gjerne imot.
I love Beirut, Analogik, Farmers Market, Razika, Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Iron Maiden, Hanne Kolstø, The Cure, The Smiths, Rachmaninov, Ojos de Brujo, Ozomatli, and all sorts of different music that reminds me of places and people.