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Artist Profiles: Groupa

Groupa in 1999

Groupa plays its own brand of modern Swedish folk music. Since 1980, the band has been in the vanguard of the Nordic roots music scene: deeply rooted in tradition, yet always embracing modern instrumentation and improvisation. In the music of Groupa, you find a composed picture of the traditions of yesterday, the whims of today, and the possibilities of tomorrow.

Groupa’s music emanates from the band’s three personalities’ innermost passions. Groupa draw much of their musical inspiration from ‘hallingar’ (a specialty of the Nordic folk song form that could be called a celebratory holler) as well as waltzes and polskas, both traditional and newly-composed. All these elements contribute to the rhythmic drive that gives their music its own tone and color.

Over the years, many important figures in the Nordic music scene have worked with Groupa, including Ale Moller and Lena Willemark from Frifot and the Nordan Project, Hallbus Totte Mattsson from Hedningarna, and Gustav Hylen from Hoven Droven.

In 1991 they were awarded the top Swedish music award for their album Manskratt. The jury’s verdict read: “For pulling the old woolly feeling off folk music with a curious smile!”

In 1992, the band’s founder, Mats Eden, was appointed the Composer of the Year at the “Musik vid Siljan” festival. The band won its second Swedish award (equivalent to the Grammy in the US) in 1996 for their album Imeland.

In 1998, NorthSide marked the band’s achievements with Fifteen Years, a 7-minute collection of some of their finest moments and their first North American record release.

Their blending of old folk melodies, contemporary improvisational style and creative instrumentation has influenced a whole generation of musicians.

Groupa are: Mats Eden on fiddles and accordion; Jonas Simonson on flutes and bass saxophone; and Terje Isungset on percussion.

Discography:

Av Bara Farten (Amigo Music, 1983)
Vildhonung (Amigo Music, 1985)
Utan Sans (Amigo Music AMCD 721, 1988)
Manskratt, with Lena Willemark (Amigo Music AMCD 725, 1990)
Imeland (Amigo AMCD 73, 1995)
Fifteen Years (NorthSide NSD615, 1997), retrospective compilation
Lavalek (Europe: Xource/ North America: NorthSide NSD63, 1999)
Fjalar (Xource 134, 2002)
Frost (Footprint FRCD4, 2008)

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Artist Profiles: Utla

Utla

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.

Discography

* Utla (NOR-CD 9205, 1992)
* Juv (NOR-CD 9309, 1993)
* Brodd (NOR-CD 9514, 1995)
* Dans (NOR-CD 9935, 1999)
* Song (Nor, 2003)

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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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