Gjermund Larsen’s music displays an unusually broad emotional range, from virtuosic brilliance to gentle tenderness. He takes a masterly approach to the older tonalities of Hilmar Alexandersen, while at the same time he enjoys exploring new styles and presenting improvisations that few can match.
Det er den draumen
Now in his seventieth year, Sondre Bratland has made a powerfully melodious and moving album with his own songs featuring texts by Norwegian poet Olav H. Hauge.
Patterns of the heart
Inga Juuso is one of the most prominent Sami artists today, not only as a soloist, but also with her involvement in numerous CD-productions throughout the years. She grew up with classical Sami yoik as it has been practiced and performed in the Alta-Kautokeino region.
In recent years Ragnhild Furebotten og Tore Bruvoll have played a very important part in bringing some of Norway’s older music traditions into the present day. They are among the best known folk musicians in the country, reaching out to people far beyond the traditional folk music audience. Their ability to play modern music with strong roots in tradition is quite unique in Norway
Where the rivers meet
Yoik and jazz are innovative music genres that invite improvisation. This CD is a meeting between the genres by two outstanding representatives of each music style.
“I always imagined I’d be a rock musician or a ski jumper, playing drums with the hardest band in the world or flying for hundreds of meters off the ski jump. And it felt like it, too, those fabulous moments rehearsing with my band at the youth centre in Ulvik or stretching way past the 30 meter mark at Myråsen in Aurdal"
If you’ve never heard music played on the fiddle or jew’s harp before, this is the place to start. And if you have, be advised that what you are holding is a landmark recording.
This album presents two young and very competent performers of the rich folk music tradition from Setesdal. Sigurd Brokke and Daniel Sandén-Warg play solo folk music with marked rhythm and a rather high tempo. They give the tunes their own style by combining high technical ability with their personal temper. Foot stamping is used consciously to produce the special character of this music.
It is a pleasure to be able to present this selection of medieval ballads sung by one of the most distinctive and highly respected vocalists of the Scandinavian traditional landscape.
For allje dei
“I’ve been fascinated by traditional¬ music since childhood. I grew up in Hornindal, Nordfjord on the west coast, in a home full of music: My grandfather played the Hardanger fiddle, my father played accordion and guitar, and my older brother played the accordion.
Waltz With Me
In 2007 the Telemark Festival featured acclaimed artist and folk musician Annbjørg Lien as festival composer. As part of an international folk music string quartet Lien performed her newly completed commissioned work Waltz With Me. The work was also performed at the Celtic Connections festival in Scotland earlier in the year, and now Waltz With Me is launched on CD.
Tak hardt uti hand
In the growing forest of younger, competent performers of vocal folk music in Norway, Kim Amdre Rysstad is one of those who, in a short period of time, has established himself as a highly respected performer, with solid musical integrity.
Stille før stormen
Flukt has gained a name for creativity in Norwegian folk music. Here, in their third CD, the musicians are still flying high in their striving for ultimate expression for the combo of fiddle, accordion and drums.
The world premiere for an impressive” ramshorn” (goat horn) lure and willow flute album, of a kind never heard before!
Unni Løvlid returns with a new album, three years after her previous solo release Vita (2005) recorded in the Emanuel Vigeland mausoleum. It has taken four years to complete the present album, for which Løvlid has written all the words and music herself. Unni Løvlid is a versatile musician and artist and has experience from a great variety of projects and genres in the region Norwegian folk, contemporary music and electronica. The music on this record lies somewhere between electronica, contemporary and world.