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Country of origin:

Denmark (Ploug), Norway (Pettersen), Belgium (Badenhorst)

Type of music generally:

ethereal, evocative/eclectic, experimental, jazz


Most recent release, Liquid Light (2014)

See also:

Mikkel Ploug's site

Sissel Vera Pettersen's site

Joachim Badenhorst's site


Meredith Monk, Anna Homler with some similarities to Agnes Buen Garnas's collaboration with Jan Garbarek

Covers/own material:


General comments:

The music is experimental jazz of an atmospheric ethereal style; the vocals are ethereal in that sparse Nordic icy style reminiscent of Agnes Buen Garnas's work with Jan Garbarek, but also full of little yelps and screams. Not as over-the-top as some experimentalists but still pushing boundaries. (

Recommended first album:

Equilibrium is the only one we've heard


  • Equilibrium (as Ploug Pettersen Badenhorst Trio, 2009)
  • Walking Voices (2011)
  • Liquid Light (2014)


Release info:

2009—Songlines—SGL SA 1578-2


See Songlines site

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of experimental jazz

Group members:

Mikkel Ploug—electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Sissel Vera Pettersen—vocals, soprano sax, live electronics
Joachim Badenhorst—clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax

Produced by:

Mikkel Ploug and Sissel Vera Pettersen


A lovely collection of songs and tunes from the ethereal, experimental outskirts of the jazz world. Highly listenable, either as foreground or background music, the instrumentation is strong with Sissel Vera Pettersen's lovely vocals working as the focal instrument in the overall sound. It's lyrical, sparse, full of odd corners and quirks but still has a strong flow. Anyone interested in the experimental edges of vocals and/or jazz will find this album a treat. (

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