Utla is a trio whose music based on the Hardanger fiddle tradition, primarily that of western Norway. The group focuses on creating music on its own terms.
Utla aims at preserving the rich heritage of Hardanger fiddle music. New elements are added through combinations of instruments used, as well as sounds, improvisation and compositional structures. The result is a modern musical expression, unique in both Norwegian and international context.
Musicians: Håkon Høgemo on Hardanger fiddle; Terje Isungset on drums, percussion, Jew’s harp; and Karl Seglem on tenor saxophone, bukkehorn.
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.
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.
In additional to conventional percussion, Isungset has experimented and performed with glass and ice percussion instruments, ice horns and other creations.
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)