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Kaizers Orchestra


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Bryne, Rogaland, Norway (2000 – 2013)

Kaizers Orchestra is a Norwegian group. Owing to their energetic live concerts and critically praised recordings, they are among the most popular and acclaimed musical acts in their homeland, and have also gained international renown; they are among the first Norwegian artists (outside the genre of ) to gain international recognition and popularity while singing in their native language. Their work spans a multitude of genres, from and to and . Their lyrics, composed primarily by frontman Janove Ottesen with second guitarist Geir Zahl as the secondary contributor - concerning subject matter such as organized crime, war, underground resistance organizations and mental institutions - are often interconnected stories told through song. A distinctive symbol of Kaizers Orchestra is the gas mask worn by organist Helge Risa during performances. The band is currently on an indefinite hiatus that will last a number of years, at the very least.

The band was founded by Janove Ottesen and Geir Zahl, two childhood friends from the small town of Bryne, Rogaland, Norway. The two had earlier played in several bands together, including Blod, snått & juling, and gnom. The musical and lyrical style of Kaizers Orchestra was in part conceptualized during the active period of latter group.


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