Artist Profiles: Arve Moen Bergset

Arve Moen Bergset was born in 1972. He grew up in Vinje, Telemark, an area with a rich folk music tradition. He studied the kveding vocal tradition with Sondre Bratland.

Bergset’s debut was unusual: in 1987, at the age of 15, he performed at the Spellemannpris awards ceremony.

His first solo CD was released later that year, and won the prestigious Spellemannpris award in 1988. The follow-up recording, “Religiøse folketoner” (Religious Folk Songs) was released in 1997, and illustrates his superb development as a kvedar (traditional vocalist), accompanied by the violin and organ.

Bergset is also a member of the group Bukkene Bruse. He is a trained violinist, and has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and ensembles.

Discography

* Litle Fuglen (Buen Kulturverkstad (MC) BKMC 8, 1986)
* Arvesølv (Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 68, 1987)
* Fjøllmanntonar, with various artists (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7083, 1993)
* Bukkene Bruse (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4053, 1993)
* Åre, with Bukkene Bruse (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4100, 1995)
* Religiøse folketonar, with Kåre Nordstoga and Geir Inge Lotsberg (Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4114, 1997)
* Steinstolen, with Bukkene Bruse (Grappa Musikkforlag HCD 7145, 1998)

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.

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