Unni Løvlid is one of Norway's leading folk music vocalists, and was the
first musician to be nominated 'Performer of the Year' at the Folkelarm festival
2006. The following year she was awarded a Spellemann prize in the contemporary
music category together with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Grex Vocalis.
Unni Løvlid was born in 1976 in Hornindal in the county of Sogn og Fjordane in
west Norway. She has been an active folk musician for some time, and has learned
her music from many different sources in Hornindal, including Marta Seljeset
According to the classification system of the national folk music competition
Unni belongs in the top category of folk musicians, something which provided her
with a fundament for her masters degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Her
wide-ranging musical activities include concerts and tours in Norway and abroad,
and teaching engagements at the Norwegian Academy of Music, the Ole Bull
Academy, and the State Theatre Academy.
Unni has received a number of awards for her contributions to folk singing. She
released her first solo recording So ro liten tull in 1999 on her own label,
Løvlid; the recording was subsequently released in book form by Lyche
Musikkforlag. Unni participated on Listen the Art of Arne Nordheim, Aurora 2002,
and has contributed to a number of other recordings for Honndalstausene, Frie
former 2000, NRK, Radio France, and Karl Seglem, among others.
In addition to her career as a solo performer Unni is a member of the trios Rusk
(with Frode Haltli and Vegar Vårdal), and FJØGL (with Liv Merete Kroken and
Sigrid Moldestad). Unni is not afraid to do something in which she believes, and
is continually involved in new productions and events.
She is known for her collaboration on contemporary music projects as well as in
folk music; in 2003 she performed in the premiere of Maja Ratkje's opera No
Title Performance and Sparkling Water during the Ultima Festival. At an event
hosted by Ballade at Mono in 2004 Unni performed in a noise duo together with
horn player and Fe-mail member Hild Sofie Tafjord.
One of her exam concerts at the Music Academy was a performance of Arnold
Schonberg's 1912 masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire together with the Academy's
contemporary music ensemble. Unni has collaborated on several occasions with
percussionist Terje Isungset, and she performed the part of Ophelia in Hamlet
In 2008 Unni Løvlid returned with Rite (Grappa GRCD4223), a new album, three
years after her previous solo release Vita (2005) recorded in the Emanuel
Vigeland mausoleum. It took her four years to complete Rite, for which Løvlid
wrote all the words and music herself.
The music on Rite lies somewhere between electronica, contemporary and world
music. Participating on the recording are: Unni Løvlid, Hild Sofie Tafjord,
Frode Haltli, Lene Grenager, Hakon Kornstad, Ragnhild Furebotten, Ingar Hunskaar,
Helge Sten, Helge Nordbakken and the Norwegian National Opera Children's Choir.
Rusk (Heilo HCD7179, 2002)
Rusk 2 (Grappa, 2006)
So ro liten tull (Lovlyd, 1999)
Vita (Grappa Musikkforlag, 2005)
Rite (Grappa GRCD4223, 2008)