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Johs Bergh

(b Trondheim, Norway, June 19, 1952). Norwegian singer, lyricist, and actor. She lived for a period in England before settling in Oslo in 1976. A member of the soul group Chipahua (1979–85), she also worked through much of the 1980s in successful local jazz-rock groups led by the guitarist Jon Eberson. She moved into more contempo-rary modern jazz singing around 1986, led her own quartet from 1990 to 1995 (comprising Nils Petter Molvær, Django Bates, and Jon Christensen), and in 1994 formed a duo with the keyboard player Jens Bugge Wesseltoft. From 1989 she has appeared as an actress and singer in many plays with music by jazz composers. For the Molde International Jazz Festival in 1993 she was commissioned to write a large work, which was entitled Pagan Pilgrimage; part of it was later recorded as Exile.