Tag Archives: Norwegian music

Artist Profiles: Tone Hulbækmo

Tone Hulbækmo

Award-winning Norwegian artist Tone Hulbækmo was born in 1957 in Tolga in Østerdalen. She’s a vocalist with broad repertoire, ranging European medieval and renaissance music to Norwegian folk modern songs. Hulbækmo bases her vocal style on old traditions Østerdalen that she has modernized given personal twist.

She’s also active as an instrumentalist, composer and arranger. Tone Hulbækmo has given new life into the Norwegian harp tradition, and developed her own style. In the group Kalenda Maya she plays medieval renaissance music from Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Norway.

Tone Hulbækmo has collaborated with folk musicians all corners of globe, leading to exciting musical combinations and tours throughout world. Hulbækmo introduces Østerdalen electronic loops as well as fiery dance rhythms.

Discography

* Kåmmå No (1983, reissued in 1999 by Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7024)
* Medieval and Renaissance Music, with Kalenda Maya (Grappa Musikkforlag PSC 1017, 1985)
* Svevende Jord (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7040, 1986)
* Langt Nord i Skogen (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 78, 1989)
* Norske Middelalderballader (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 82, 1989)
* Folk Music from Norway (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7078, 1993)
* Norsk Folkemusikk 3 (Hedmark) (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4063, 1995)
* Konkylie (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4095, 1995)
* Pilegrimsreiser, with Kalenda Maya (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 184, 1997)
* Jol, with Hans Fredrik Jacobsen (Via Music VCD 375, 1998)
* Wizard Women of the North, with various artists (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7138, 1998)
* Kyrja (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7147, 1999)
* Nordic Woman (Grappa Music, 2012)
* Stifinner (Heilo Records, 2016)

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Artist Profiles: Tindra

Tindra

Tindra consists of Åshild Vetrhus (vocal), Jorun Marie Kvernberg (fiddles) and Irene Tillung (accordion). The trio plays both traditional tunes as well as their own compositions based on Norwegian traditional music.

Tindra collaborated with acclaimrd Polish trio Kroke and with Georgian composer, singer and pianist Russudan Meipariani.

Discography

Lukkeleg vaking (ta:lik records 2006)
Den kvite hjorten, with Helge Jordal (Ta:lik, 2009)
Moder Norge (Ta:lik, 2011)
Tindra & Kroke – Live in Førde (Ta:lik, 2011)

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Artist Profiles: Terje Isungset

Terje Isungset – Photo by Emile Holba

Terje Isungset was born in 1964. He is regarded as one of the most creative, uncompromising and distinctive percussionists in Norway. He has spent many years developing his own unique mode expression, crafted instruments himself, using materials found in natural surroundings.

Isungset performs throughout the year with various bands from Norway and other European countries, including Swedish band Groupa.

Isungset has made a major contribution on various folk music CDs. The many years he has spent working to create a genuine, rhythmic dimension in his music have enabled him to develop a distinctly individual musical identity built on Norwegian sounds.

 

Terje Isungset – Photo by B. Furuseth

 

In additional to conventional percussion, Isungset has experimented and performed with glass and ice percussion instruments, ice horns and other creations.

 

 

Discography:

Orleysa (Odin NJ 4039-2, 1991)

Rom, with Isglem (NOR-CD 9102, 1991)

To steg, with Isglem (NOR-CD 9204, 1992)

Juv Utla (NOR-CD 9309, 1993)

Svanshornet, with Orleysa (Odin NJ 4048-2, 1993)

Rit, with Karl Seglem (NOR-CD 9410, 1994)

Haugtussa, with Lynni Treekrem and Ketil Bjornstad (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 159, 1995)

Brodd, with Utla (NOR-CD 9514, 1995)

Okuta Percussion (Osika Eucd 1343, 1996)

Null g, with Isglem (NOR-CD 9615, 1996)

Tya, with Reidar Sk?r and Karl Seglem (NOR-CD 9717, 1997)

Reise (NOR-CD 9724, 1997)

Trad, with Niss Kerstin Hallgren (Amigo AMCD 739, 1998)

Spir, with Karl Seglem (NOR-CD 9830, 1998)

Jol, with Hans Fredrik Jacobsen (Via Music VCD 375, 1998)

Lavalek, with Groupa (Xoucd 125, 1999)

Dans, with Utla (NOR-CD 9935, 1999)

Bergtatt, with Oslo Chamber Choir (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 214, 1999)

Floating Rhythms (Via Music, 2000)

Iceman Is (All Ice Records, 2002)

Middle of Mist (NorCD, 2003)

Igloo (All Ice Records, 2006)

Two Moons (All Ice Records, 2007)

Ice Concerts (All Ice Records, 2008)

Hibernation (All Ice Records, 2009)

Winter Songs (All Ice Records, 2010)

World Of Glass, with Arve Henriksen (All Ice Records, 2014)

Meditations (All Ice Records, 2015)

Terje Isungset & Stian Westerhus (All Ice Records, 2015)

Isslottet (All Ice Records, 2015)

Oase, with Sissel Vera Pettersen (All Ice Records, 2016)

Web site: www.isung.net

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Artist profiles: Synnøve S. Bjørset

Synnøve S. Bjørset – Photo by Photo by Vegard Fimland

Synnøve S. Bjørset is one of the leading performers of traditional Hardanger fiddle music today. At her concerts she presents a collection of little-known tunes and recreations of familiar Norwegian standards, playing a wide range of scordatura (cross-tuning) tunings.

She regularly performs with fiddle group Majorstuen. Over the past few years, her performances have won her a series of awards.

Discography:

* Marylands (Heilo, 2001)
* RAM (NorCd, 2001)
* Kalvik Klassisk (2002)
* Majorstuen (2L, 2003)
* New North (Ozella/NorCd, 2004)
* Hardanger Fiddle (NorCd, 2004)
* Majorstuen, with Majorstuen (2L, 2002)
* Jorun Jogga, Majorstuen (MFC, 2004)
* Juledrøm, with Majorstuen (MFC, 2006)
* Slåttar (ta:lik, 2009)
* Jølster 2012 (ta:lik, 2012)

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Artist Profiles: Susanne Lundeng

Susanne Lundeng – Photo by Ingvil Skeie Ljones

 

Susanne Lundeng was born in 1969 in Bodø, Nordland County, Norway. She studied violin at the local music school, starting at the age of nine. She has been involved in important efforts to collect traditional tunes from older fiddlers in her region. Her work was especially significant since many of the fiddlers were quite advanced in age, and have now passed away.

Lundeng has been highly praised and is greatly respected for her work. Her music showcases her involvement in the rich tradition of the northern area of Norway. Lundeng is known for her energetic playing style and her ability to communicate with her audience.

 

 

Discography:

* Havella (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7067, 1991)
* Drag (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 140, 1994)
* Norsk Folkemusikk 10 (Folkemusikk frå Nord-Noreg og Sameland) (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4070, 1995)
* Ættesyn (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 178, 1997)
* Vals Til Den Røde Fela (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 2000)
* Forunderlig Ferd (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 2004)
* Aejlies Gaaltije, with Frode Fjellheim (Vuelie, 2004)
* Nattevak (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 2006)
* Waltz For The Red Fiddle (Laika, 2010)
* Mot (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 2011)
* Wire and String, with Rolf Wallin (Simax Classics, 2011)
* Flåte, with Hammer & Hersk (Norway Music, 2013)
* Et steg ut (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 2014)

web site: www.susannelundeng.no

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Artist Profiles: Steinar Ofsdal

Steinar Ofsdal – Photo by Miriam Johanne Ofsdal Berg

Steinar Ofsdal was born in 1948 in Oslo, Norway. He has a varied musical background and is regarded as one of Norway’s top flute players.

He has worked within several musical genres in addition to folk music. Throughout the years he has collected instruments from all over the world, and his solo CD features compositions tailored specifically to these instruments. Ofsdal has collaborated with many other musicians, and is a member of the group Bukkene Bruse.

Discography

* Bukkene Bruse (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4053, 1993)
* Åre, with Bukkene Bruse (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4100, 1995)
* Seljefløyta, with Hallgrim Berg and Hans Fredrik Jacobsen (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7131, 1997)
* Steinstolen, with Bukkene Bruse (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7145, 1998)
* The Stone Chair, with «Bukkene Bruse» (North Side, 1999)
* Oslo-viser (Tylden & Co, 2000)
* På Stengrunn (Grappa 2001)
* Den fagraste rosa, with Bukkene Bruse (Grappa, 2001)
* The Loveliest Rose, with Bukkene Bruse (North Side, 2002)
* Sjøfløyta (Heilo, 2004)
* Spel, with “Bukkene Bruse” (Heilo, 2004)
* Kaké, with Aw-Ofsdal-Sereba (2004)
* Live at Sioux Falls, (Grappa GRCD4237, 2006)
* Sviv (Musikk & mystikk MMCD0801, 2008)
* Fjellfløyta/Vårfløyta (Musikk & mystikk MMCD0802, 2009)

Web Site: www.ofsdal.no

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Artist Profiles: Sinikka Langeland

Sinikka Langeland – Photo by Dag Alveng

Born in 1961 to a Norwegian father and a Finnish mother from Karelia, Langeland was given a Finnish name, Sinikka, and felt the influence of two nationalities and cultures from the beginning. She lives in Finnskogen, 120 km north of Oslo, close to the border of Sweden. Finnskogen, the ‘Finnish forest,’ was first populated by Finns in the 17th century.

After an early education in classical music Sinikka started to look at contemporary folk music and the singer-songwriter genre, but this was soon displaced by an interest in older forms, intensifying as her research continued and underlined by a wish to “create an original music rooted in my own area, taking account of local possibilities and looking back into history to find out more.”

She highlights that her specific musical journey has “always been about searching. I love folksong but I’m not exclusively a traditional folk singer. There were always influences coming from other places, too.”

At 20 she changed from guitar to kantele, the Finnish table harp. She plays the 39-string concert kantele, with its five-octave range. “At first it was just an experiment – I thought it would be fun to have a Finnish instrument for one or two songs. But I became completely fascinated by it.” Meanwhile she was expanding her repertoire to include rune songs, incantations, ancient melodies from Finland and Karelia, as well as little known medieval ballads and religious folk songs.

Sinikka Langeland

Her work has flowed in several directions simultaneously. She gives, for instance, solo performances with voice and kantele, and she gives duo concerts in churches, together with organist Kare Nordstoga, in which old folk songs and Easter hymns are placed alongside with J.S. Bach’s transformations of the same sources. And, since the early 1990s, she has been working and recording with jazz musicians as part of her ensembles.

Swedish bassist Anders Jormin has been a regular colleague for more than a dozen years, joining her for the first time on the recording ‘Har du lyttet til elvene om natta’ (Grappa, 1995). Sinnika also played regularly with drummer Markku Ounaskari, a backbone of the Finnish jazz scene.

Sinikka’s songs often focus on the relationship between people and nature as it is expressed in traditional and modern poetry. Her CD Starflowers (ECM, 2007) includes her versions of the poems of Hans Borli (1918-89) and is performed with a remarkable ensemble that opens up the songs to improvisation. In its interweaving of folksong, literature, and Nordic jazz it may be considered a typical ECM production, but it is also a consistent extension of the work Sinikka has been developing over the last decades.

Discography

* Langt innpå skoga (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4074, 1994)
* Har du lyttet til elvene om natta? (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4107, 1995)
* Det syng, with Anne Marit Jacobsen, Halvor Håkanes, Eli Storbekken and Agnes Buen Garnås (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4123, 1997)
* Strengen var af røde guld (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4136, 1997)
* Lille Rosa (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7156, 1999)
* Starflowers (ECM, 2007)
* Maria’s Song (ECM 2127, 2009)
* The Land That Is Not (ECM, 2011)
* The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM Records, 2015)
* The Magical Forest (2016)

Web Site: www.sinikka.no

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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)

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Artist Profiles: Rusk

Vocalist Unni Løvlid – Photo by Geir Dokken

Rusk was a Norwegian folk music trio from the Solør and Finnskogen area in Norway, near the Swedish border. The band featured vocalist Unni Løvlid, fiddle player Vegar Vardal, and accordionist Frode Haltli, raised in Våler i Solør, in the heart of this forested region.

Their first CD Rusk contains traditional dance music, traditional songs and psalms from the mysterious woods of Finnskogen with new arrangements.

On Rusk II, the trio recorded Norwegian ballads that frequently recount tragic tales, Swedish ballads, self-composed material, and even a version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” that was popularized by the legendary Johnny Cash.

Discography

* Rusk (2002)
* Rusk II (Grappa/Heilo, 2006)

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Artist Profiles: Rita Eriksen

Rita Eriksen

Rita Eriksen is one of Norway’s best vocalists. In addition to her own career, she is frequently used by Norwegian musicians.

In 1996 she released the album Tideland with the well-known Irish singer Dolores Keane on the Kirkelig Kulturverksted record label. This was a CD that was very well received and showed that Rita Eriksen is also a master singing Norwegian traditional folk music. Rita is known for her ability to express different directions in her singing.

Rita Eriksen is half of the duo Eriksen, the other half being her brother Frank. Eriksen has released several albums, including Two Blue (MajorStudio MSCD 1113, 1992), The Water Is Wide (MajorStudio MSCD 1118, 1994) and Alt Vende Tebage (BMG Norge 743213281122, 1995) that established themselves amongst Norway’s best selling artists. The record sales in Norway concerning these three records has now passed 125,000.

Eriksen received the Spellemannsprisen (the top Norwegian music award) for Two Blue and was nominated for both The Water is Wide and Alt Vende Tebage. Eriksen is frequently played on Norwegian radio.

In 2001, Eriksen began to tour as guest vocalist with Vamp, one of Norway’s leading folk groups. She also collaborated with the Tramps in 2002.

In 2009 Eriksen released a Christmas album titled Velkommen inn.

Her album Øyeblikk (Moments) came out in 2014. Rita wrote most of the songs and lyrics herself.

Discography

* Two Blue (MajorStudio MSCD 1113, 1992)
* The Water Is Wide (MajorStudio MSCD 1118, 1994)
* Alt Vende Tebage (BMG Norge 743213281122, 1995)
* Tideland, with Dolores Keane (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1996)
* Blamandag (MajorStudio MSCD 1142, 1998)
* From the Fountain (Odeon/EMI, 2005)
* Hjerteslag (BigBox, 2008)
* De Aller Beste (Best of..)(Sony/BMG, 2009)
* Velkommen inn (BigBox, 2009)
* Øyeblikk (MayB Records, 2014)

Web Site www.ritaeriksen.no

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