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Synnøve S. Bjørset


Synnøve S. Bjørset ranks among the foremost performers of traditional Hardanger fiddle music today. With uncommon strength and spirit, she now presents a tasteful, melodious collection of little-known tunes and reinterpretations of familiar standards. The traditional tunes are rooted in the fjord and mountain regions of Sunnfjord, Sogn and Valdres, areas where dance tunes and airs go hand in hand.

Many of the tunes are based on simple melodic structures, which Bjørset attacks with her own brand of ferocious Hardanger fiddle minimalism. Building on archived transcripts and recordings, she has developed a uniquely individual style that accentuates the rhythmic nuances of the music. The album, which naturally includes classics such as Fanitullen and St.Thomasklokkene, has Bjørset playing a wide range of scordatura tunings. The album was recorded in Ålhus church in Bjørset’s native district, Jølster, the mighty acoustics of the old timber structure providing an excellent framework for the Hardanger fiddle’s crisp, full sound and abundance of harmonics. Bjørset released her first solo album in 2001, and has since then participated on numerous recordings. A full-time freelance performer, she has toured extensively at home and abroad, both as a solo performer and with groups such as Majorstuen. Over the past few years, her performances have won her a string of awards and scholarships.


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