Artist Profiles: Sigurd Brokke

Sigurd Brokke

Sigurd Brokke was born in 1971 in Hylestad, Valle (Norway). He plays munnharpe (Jew’s harp) in the Setesdal tradition. His technique is frequently very personal, inspired by many different sources. Sigurd won the Jew’s harp class at Landskappleiken, the annual national competition, in 2003 and 2004. He has also won several local competitions in Agder and Telemark.

Sigurd has also taken part in many folk music festivals the last few years, has instructed many courses and has been teaching Jew’s harp playing at the Valle comprehensive school.

Currently, he works at the Agder folk music archives at Rysstad. Since 2001, he has been the leader of Setesdal Spelemannslag.

Discography

Rammeslag, ordinary fiddle and jew’s harp from Setesdal (Etnisk Musikklubb EM29, 2007)
Rammeslag II (Etnisk Musikklubb EM49, 2009)
Munnharpe (Etnisk Musikklubb, 2012)
Munnharpe II (Etnisk Musikklubb, 2015)

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 produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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