Maria Jonsson, Ian Carr and Mikael Marin
Timber! (Nordic Traditions, 2007)
Fiddlers Maria Jonsson and Mikael Marin met guitarist Ian Carr in 1997 at Musikmuseet in Stockholm. The chemistry was there and the three musicians decided to jam and collaborate on a new project. The three musicians are active members of well known touring bands and didn’t find the time until ten years later. In 2007, the Swedish fiddle wizardry of Maria Jonsson (Slatta, Carina Normansson) and Mikael Marin (Väsen) met the virtuoso Celtic guitar style of Ian Carr (SWÅP). The result is an album titled Timber! that is one of the finest Nordic albums out of Sweden in recent years.
The instruments used by the fiddlers are not your usual violin. Maria Jonsson uses the alluring viola d’amore while Mikael Marin brings his Väsen magic on the five stringed viola and violino grande. Echoes of Väsen? Sure. But there are also elements of Celtic music, American newgrass and contemporary acoustic music.
Maria Jonsson, Ian Carr and Mikael Marin present a fascinating mix of new Swedish folk pieces (including compositions by all 3 musicians) and delightful traditional pieces.
The dazzling fiddle interplay and virtuosity will delight Nordic music fans.
Get the CD from www.nordictradition.com
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.