«This album is the result of a chance meeting between jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz an myself. He was playing in my home town of Voss, Norway, together with the Don Byron quartet. During a conversation he asked me if I sang? I replied: «A little bit», and asked if he would like to hear one of my own songs written that same day. He was kind enough to listen, and with inspiring words he encouraged me to follow my ideas and continue to write.

He invited me to join him in New York for a recording session, and I had the wonderful experience of working alongside great musicians who played my music so beautifully. Although this has been my first studio recording, under Aruans professional guidance, together with his arrangements and production, the music has become alive, playful and energetic and at the same time it has broadened the complexity of its harmony and rhythms.


Although these songs and lyrics has a personal background and express own experiences, moods and emotions, my hope is that the listener can relate to the universal expressions of love, loss and life. Enjoy!»



Grete Skarpeid vocals

Aruán Ortiz piano, arrangement, producer

Victor Prieto accordeon

Arturo Stable percussion

Marika Hughes cello

Tom Guarna guitar

Carlo De Rosa bass


Recorded at Samurai Hotel Recording Studios by David Stoller on 13. to 16. november 2014. Mastered april 2015, at Blackler Mastering by Kevin Blackler.

Recordlabel: Neuklang / Bauer Studios GmbH. 

All songs written by Grete Skarpeid, except «Jag vet en dejlig rosa» (Swedish folk song), and the lyrics to «The Sun» is an interpreted text from Galileo Galilei. The song ”Embrace“ is partly taken from the poem ”The Guest House“, by Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207–1273)