Artist Profiles: Kirsten Bråten Berg

Kirsten Bråten Berg

Kirsten Bråten Berg (born 1950) has her own silversmith workshop, but is known primarily for unique, richly resonant kveding.

She has lived in Setesdal since 1973, and been one of the leading figures efforts to preserve folk music heritage area. She also instrumental presenting new contexts, for instance through her collaboration with jazz bassist Arild Andersen.

Kirsten Bråten Berg won the first prize at National Contest for Traditional Music in 1987, has released a number of recordings, Spellemannpris award several times, and toured often Norway abroad.

In 1996 two musicians from western Africa and two from Setesdal combined forces to produce a recording, “Frå Senegal til Setesdal”, featuring stev, traditional songs and lullabies. The music is unmistakably Norwegian, but the African music weaves its way effortlessly into its fabric and reminds us that folk music is created by something deep inside the human soul, beyond language and culture.


Slinkombas (1979)
Kirsten Bråten Berg ‎(Heilo, 1980)
Setes-Dalarna ‎(Four Leaf Records, 1984)
min kvedarlund ‎(Heilo, 1988)
Juletid ‎(Heil, 1991)
Norvège – Musique Des Vallées Scandinaves ‎(Ocora, 1993)
Pilegrimen ‎(Grappa, 1996)
Frå Senegal Til Setesdal (Grappa, 1997)
Runarstreng ‎(Grappa, 1999)
Syng Du Mi Røyst ‎(Grappa, 2001)
Spor.Sørland ‎(Grappa, 2002)
Stemmenes Skygge ‎(Heilo, 2005)
Stev For Dagen ‎(Heilo, 2007)
Songen ‎(Heilo, 2010)
Nordic Woman (2012)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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