Terje Johannesen: guitar, trumpet · Line Horntveth: vocals, tuba · Morten Qvenild: piano, keyboards · Martin Horntveth: drums and percussion · Thomas Dybdahl: vocals · Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen: bass · Torben Snekkestad – saxophones · Jonas Alaska: harmony vocals · Bjørn Holm: harmony vocals Andreas Mjøs
Multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Terje Johannesen, from Tønsberg, has been a professional musician for two decades. He has played with artists as diverse as Odd Børretzen/Lars Martin Myhre, Proviant Audio, Adjagas and Levi Henriksen, but is perhaps best known as a highly profiled theatre composer.
The seed for what would become Budding Rose was planted when Terje was commissioned to compose the score for Gard Eisdvold and Hans Petter Blad”s theatrical production of “Roe Head” at Torshov Teateret in 2003. The subject of the play was the lives and writings of the British sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë. The Brontë sisters, who wrote such literary classics as “Wuthering Heights”, “Jane Eyre” and “Villette”, were also prolific poets in the first half of the 19th century. Johannesen found their work so fascinating and inspiring that he has been setting them to music ever since. After having worked on this project alone for four years, Terje invited Line Horntveth, from the group Jaga Jazzist, to participate as a singer, musician and collaborator, and the duo adopted the name Budding Rose after one of the Bronté sisters” poems.