Gjermund Larsen Trio
Ankomst (Heilo/Grappa, 2008)
During my recent visit to Norway, I was given quite a few fiddle albums. The quality of all the material was exceptional. However, I was most impressed with Ankomst by Gjermund Larsen Trio. Fiddler, cellist and composer Gjermund Larsen stands out because of his richly melodic ability, his exquisite arrangements and impeccable technique. His music combines the best of Norwegian folk music with elements of classical music and contemporary jazz.
Larsen’s Trio includes double bassist Sondre Meisfjord and pianist/organist Andreas Utnem. Two additional guests participate in Ankomst: percussionist Helge Norbakken and vocalist Gro Kjeleberg Solli.
Ankomst received the Spellemannsprisen (the top Norwegian music award, equivalent to the American Grammy). He has also won the ’Landskappleiken’ (National Contest for Traditional Music) twice. In addition to his work with the Gjermund Larsen Trio, Gjermund Larsen is also a member of Majorstuen, Frigg and Christian Wallumrød Ensemble.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.