Norwegian saxophone player living in Oslo, Norway. Graduated from the jazz conservatory in Trondheim in 2011, and released her debut album "Waltz for Lilli" on october 8th, 2012.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Video from Jazz a la Villette

Here is the full video from our performance at Jazz á la Villette, by Culturebox:

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Last weekend we played our concert at Festival Jazz á la Villette in Paris. It was an amazing experience for us, and we were extremely happy and thankful to wake up to a lovely review in Le Monde the next day.

Here is a link to the review on Le Mondes pages:

And here is the english translation:

Monday, August 21, 2017


The new version of GURLS had their Oslo-debut last friday at Oslo Jazz Festival, and it was such a fun evening! The room was packed, the audience was great, and we couldnt have imagined a better evening.

Next up for GURLS is recording our first album in a couple of weeks. We will record at Propeller Studio, and amazing Kåre Westrheim will be producing the album with us!

Here is a review of the concert: (In norwegian)

And a couple of pictures:

Photo: RESI Fotograf

Photo: RESI Fotograf

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


I am super happy to announce that Hanna Paulsberg Concept will be playing at two major jazz festivals in France this autumn! First up is Jazz a la Villette in Paris in september, where we will open for legendary Dianne Reeves. Next is Nancy Jazz Pulsations in october. We are so thankful and happy to get this opportunity, and look extremely forward to playing!

Jazz á la Villette, Paris - september 10th (
Nancy Jazz Pulsations - october 19th (

Friday, July 21, 2017


This week I was lucky enough to get to play two exciting concerts at Molde International Jazz Festival. The first was pianist Espen Bergs comissioned concert with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, a piece he based on several mathematic structures. It was a lot of fun, and the music turned out beautifully! A little bonus came the day after when the Jazz Orchestra received a mail from an eager member of the audience, who wrote that it had been one of the biggest musical experiences of his life. This turned out to be none other than Pat Metheny! What a nice surprise for both Espen and the orchestra.

The day after Hanna Paulsberg Concept played a sold out show at Storyville, and it was a lot of fun! National paper Dagbladet was at the concert and wrote a really nice review:
On the other hand, something causes my soul to vibrate is the saxophone game of Hanna Paulsberg. I have yet to attend a concert where she does not add anything extra. The same can also be said of her drummer Hans Hulbækmo, who has a childish curiosity: He makes every battle sound like the first of his life.  The two remaining members of Hanna Paulsberg Concept - pianist Oscar Grönberg and bassist Trygve Fiske - are also obviously very gifted and what makes the four-clover work well together is their knowledge and willingness to underplay. The highlight of their one and a half hour short concert is a jingle song and beautiful spiritual treat in Pharaoh Sanders' spirit. It feels like getting wrapped up in a nice and soft blanket and lying down in Mother Earth's lap.
Click here to read the review at Dagbladets pages:
Photo: Heida Mobeck

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


 Finally, the GURLS project is up and running again! We have been lucky enough to get the wonderful Rohey Taalah to join as our new vocalist, and we will do some concerts in Norway this spring/summer. Check out out video teaser below! And come to one of our shows if you're nearby:) 

May 7th: House of Foundation - Moss 
May 8th: Follo Fhs May 
9th: Maijazz International Jazz Festival - Stavanger August 
18th: Oslo Jazz Festival 


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Interview in french magazine Jazz News

We are overwhelmed by all the positive feedback we have gotten from France of our album Eastern Smiles, and after our concert in Paris in january. The french magazine Jazz News wasat our concert and did an interview with me that is published this month. Here it is both translated and the page in french from the magazine: 

At first she didn’t like jazz. Now things have changed : this 29 year old Norwegian brillantly condenses a whole part of the history of saxophone. The first great discovery of this new year.

The sound of Hanna Paulsberg is like her handshake, solid and warm. Before this meeting backstage, we ignored the existence of this young Norwegian saxophonist. We are in January 2017, the 22nd, Hanna and her quartet play for the first time in Paris, at la Maison de la Radio, as part of the concerts « Jazz Sur le Vif » organized by France Musique. Immediately, she evokes the history of her instrument : the tenor saxophone. Stan Getz for the languishing and whispered  phrases. Sonny Rollins for the rhythm and staccato playing, with sudden crescendos and decrescendos. The sound is round, full, wooded. During the same concert, later, we’ll even think of Dexter Gordon. But Rollins seems to be the most obvious influence. This is suggested by her new album Eastern Smiles : the writing of the tunes is quite complex, funky and the rhythm section often features a Caribbean atmosphere. Yet, all the musicians on the disc (and on stage) are real Norwegian and met 7 years ago at Trondheim university. This band, is the one Hanna put together to take her final exam. Since then, the quartet has released three albums. The first one was reminiscent of Coltrane’s approach, a second one that was transitional, and finally this Eastern Smiles of which we like everything : the melodies, the improvised parts, the textures, the alternation between writing and freedom, as well as the duration. Because in 2017, while we are used to 70 minute records, this one is only 39.

Hanna has grown up in a farm southwest of Oslo. Her father, Hakon Paulsberg was a jazz drummer. She used to hate this music. « It was before i came across a compilation, gathering Stan Getz & Antonio Carlos Jobim », she explains befor her concert. « This day, I wanted to become Stan Getz ». Her first reference. Her everything. By the way, she’s surprised to be talked about Rollins whom she never really listened to. On the other hand, she mentions Fredrik Ljungkvist - her Norwegian hero -, Wayne Shorter, Ben Webster and Lester Young, that she discovered throughout her training. In high school, she’s bored with theories and be bop, « it lacks emotion ». In her town, nobody plays jazz. Even her father eventually gave up on his drumstiscks. No traditional repertoire either. With her eyes fixed on America, she was not interested in the Nordic Tone. Ten years later, here she comes to France Musique. On stage, the speeches between the tunes are laborious. But the music sweeps everyone off their feet.

Click on cover to buy Hanna Paulsberg Concept's new album "Eastern Smiles" on iTunes!