Tag Archives: Norwegian music

Artist Profiles: Kerstin Blodig

Kerstin Blodig

Kerstin Blodig was born in Berlin and has Norwegian roots. She is a leading vocalist and guitarist in the German acoustic scene. Her band Touchwood, with Irish singer Cristina Crawley, has an album distributed in Ireland.

Kerstin studied musicology and Scandinavian languages and cultures in Berlin and in Bergen (Norway). She is involved in a wide variety of different projects, ranging from studio work, German folk-pop and theater music productions to the Celtic groups Norland Wind and Talking Water. She made a world music album, Valivann (with Mick Franke), combining her own Scandinavian/Celtic influenced compositions with traditional lyrics and modem grooves.

In her solo performances, Kerstin presents her arrangements of traditional Norwegian and Celtic songs as well as her own material.

In 2011 she released Trolldans, the debut album by Huldrelokkk, an all-female trio featuring acoustic folk music from Norway, Sweden and Denmark as well as their own material. The band includes Kerstin Blodig on vocals, guitar, bodhrán; Mia Gunberg Ådin (Sweden) on vocals, fiddle, nykkelharpa; and Liv Vester Larsen (Denmark) on vocals, fiddle, percussion.

Discography:

Atlantic Driftood – Harp Music & Song From The Celtic Northwest, with Norland Wind ‎(Slow Motion Records, 2000)
December Journey, with Norland Wind ‎(Alula Records, 2002)
Valivann (Alula Records, 2002)
Kelpie (Alula Records, 2002)
From Shore To Shore, with Norland Wind ‎(Laika Records, 2004)
Trollsang
Nordisk Sjel
Var det du – var det deg? (2007)
Kelpie: Live! (2010)
Trolldans, with Huldrelokkk (Westpark Music, 2011)
Desember måne – December Moon (2012)
Storm in a Teacup (Laika, 2013)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P08LJZW?ie=UTF8&tag=musidelmund-20&camp=1789&linkCode=xm2&creativeASIN=B00P08LJZW, with Huldrelokkk (Westpark Music, 2013)
Out of the Woods (Stockfisch, 2015)

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A Musical Journey Around Nordfjord

Britt Pernille Frøholm – Nordfjord

Britt Pernille Frøholm – Nordfjord (Mere Records, 2017)

Nordfjord is the second solo album by talented Norwegian fiddler Britt Pernille Frøholm. Although she has recorded and performed various musical genres, on Nordfjord Britt Pernille Frøholm focuses on the fiddle tradition of Nordfjord, the fiord in northwestern Norway.

The music selection includes upbeat performances and melancholic pieces; it’s a mix of well-known tunes and rare compositions that are barely known today. The fiddle used in the region was the violin until the early 20th century. The hardanger fiddle was introduced after that.

Nordfjord is a solo fiddle effort, with no other instruments or vocals used. It represents the raw fiddle as it was used in villages for dancing and other events.
Britt Pernille Frøholm is a founding member of two groups, MAAR and Boreas.

Nordfjord is an evocative and fascinating portrait of the musical traditions of northwestern coastal Norway.

 

 

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Gabriel Fliflet’s Warm and Poetic Norwegian Songs

Gabriel Fliflet – Sevje

Gabriel Fliflet – Sevje (Etnisk Musikklubb, 2017)

Sevje is a calm, laid back album by Norwegian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Fliflet. It’s a melodic recording where Fliflet’s unique vocals are accompanied by accordion, piano and other instruments.

The lyrics include a mix of original compositions by Gabriel Fliflet along with texts by Kjartan Fløgstad, Robert Burns, and Per Olav Kaldestad.

Personnel: Gabriel Fliflet on vocals, accordion, piano and harmonium; Ole Hamre on hamrophone, xylophone, vocals; Arve Henriksen on trumpet and vocals; Anders Røine on langeleik (Norwegian zither), fiddle and vocals; Jørgen Sandvik on vocals; Olav Tveitane on cittern and vocals; Kristoffer Chelsom Vogt on vocals; and Kato Adland on guitar, percussion and bass.

The CD includes lyrics, a biography and other details.

 

 

Buy the digital edition of Sevje or the CD from www.etniskmusikklubb.no

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Sinikka Langeland’s Enchantment

Sinikka Langeland – The Magical Forest

Sinikka Langeland – The Magical Forest (ECM Records ECM 2448, 2016)

Norwegian folk music, jazz and early music come together in The Magical Forest, a captivating album by Norwegian vocalist, kantele player and composer Sinikka Langeland.

Highlights of The Magical Forest are Sinikka’s gorgeous vocals, her mesmerizing kantele and the beautiful vocal interactions with Oslo’s Trio Mediaeval.

The artists featured on The Magical Forest are Sinikka Langeland on kantele, vocals; Trygve Seim on soprano and tenor saxophones; Arve Henriksen on trumpet; Anders Jormin on double bass; Markku Ounaskari on drums, percussion; and Trio Mediaeval featuring Anna Maria Friman; Berit Opheim; and Linn Andrea Fuglseth on vocals.

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Den Store Stuten Uncovers the Folk Music of Åseral

Mari Ormberg and singer Kari Røyinlid-Song – Den Store Stuten

Mari Ormberg and singer Kari Røyinlid-Song – Den Store Stuten

Fiddler Mari Ormberg and singer Kari Røyinlid have released an album of folk tunes from The Åseral area of Norway. The album, titled Den Store Stuten (Etnisk Musikklubb EM 120) includes a booklet with liner notes that describe the lyrics, the music and the artists.

The Åseral area is where some of the oldest and most authentic techniques, compositions and original tonal types of Norway are found. The earliest melodies can be dated back to the Middle Ages.

Kari Røynlid was born and raised in Åseral. She grew up learning folk music by being a part of the musical environment in the hamlet. She was predominantly taught by Ingebjørg Liestøl, Jens Røynlid and Kari Røynlid (The older).

Mari Ormberg plays hardanger fiddle. She has a bachelor’s degree in (utøvende) folk music. Since she moved to Åseral in 2010, she has been studying the region’s “slåttespel”, the traditional Norwegian fiddle music.

To order the album go to www.etniskmusikklubb.no

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Artist Profiles: Vegar Vårdal

Vegar Vårdal

Vegar Vårdal performs on the regular fiddle and the hardingfele (hardanger fiddle), the Norwegian fiddle with sympathetic strings. He performs both solo and with groups, for concerts and dances for many types of organizations and events.

He has performed numerous concerts and tours both in Norway and abroad. He has appeared as a studio musician in numerous radio and TV programs, and has also made many recordings.

Vegar offers performances based on themes taken from folk music, folk dance and Norwegian folk culture. He also teaches Norwegian folk music or dance to groups or individuals, and gives lectures.

He has had experience in teaching from the elementary school level up to the university level.

He was a member of Rusk.

Discography

* Norske turdansar (Norwegian Figure Dances) I, II and III
* Hueknuden Danseslåttar frå Vest-Agder (Dance Tunes from West Agder)
* Danseslåttar frå Finnmark (Dance Tunes from Finnmark)
* Pols i Rørostraktom (Pols in Røros)
* Wizard Women of the North
* Rusk (Heilo HCD7179)

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Artist Profiles: Vamp

Vamp in 2016 – Photo by Edgar G. Bachel

Vamp was formed in 1990 by Øyvind Staveland, Calle Øyvind Apeland, Paul Hansen, Bjørn Berge, Odin Staveland and Tore Jamne. It is one of Norway’s best-known and most popular groups in the field modern folk song. The group’s unique blend music has resulted in three Spellemannpris awards so far. Vamp preserves the best of Norwegian modern folk song tradition, and its Celtic music-influenced sound evokes the band members’ close connections to countries bordering the North Sea.

Vamp’s songs are built around the concepts of longing and belonging, and the lyrics are the group’s main focus. Poet Kolbein Falkeid, who has collaborated with Vamp for many years, deserves a special mention. Vamp tours in Norway and Denmark, and the group draws full houses everywhere it plays.

Discography

* God morgen, søster (Majorselskapet MSCD 1114, 1993)
* Horisonter (Majorselskapet MSCD 1121, 1994)
* 13 Humler (Majorselskapet MSCD 1131, 1996)
* Folken (MajorStudio MSCD 1135, 1996)
* Flua på veggen (Majorstudio MSCD 1138, 1998)
* Ei med alt (Majorstudio MSCD 1146, 1999)
* En annen sol (2000)
* Camomile (Emi Fujita, 2001)
* Månemannen (2002)
* Siste stikk (2005)
* Tir n’a noir 1992 (2006)
* I full symfoni (2006)
* Velkommen inn (2008)
* På Bredden (2008)
* St. Mandag (2008)
* Liten fuggel (2012)
* To me alt (2013)
* Populas (2015)

web site http://www.vamp.no

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Artist Profiles: Valkyrien Allstars

Valkyrien Allstars – Photo by Geir Dokken

Norwegian band Valkyrien Allstars plays new music based on traditional Norwegian tunes.

The band’s vibrant sound is characterized by the soulful and powerful vocals of Tuva Syvertsen combined with three funky hardanger fiddles, bass, drums and collective improvisatio. The group was awarded the “Folk Music Artist of the year” in Norway in 2009.

Band Members: Tuva Syvertsen on vocals and Hardanger fiddle; Ola Hilmen on vocals and Hardanger fiddle; Erik Sollid on vocals and Hardanger fiddle.

Discography

* Valkyrien Allstars (Heilo/Grappa, 2007)
* To Måner (Heilo/Grappa HCD-7240, 2009)
* Ingen Hverdag (Heilo, 2011)
* Farvel Slekt Og Venner (Heilo, 2014)

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Artist Profiles: Vajas

Vajas – 2005 Photo by Britt Halvorsen

Norwegian band Vajas (Echo) represented a synergy of arctic voices and sound: (i) the traditional Sami yoiks of Ánde Somby emanating from the distant tundra; (ii) the entrancing violin stylings and melodic voice of Kristin Mellem; and (iii) the renowned and captivating synthesizer sound voyages and creations of Nils Johansen.

All three accomplished musicians were based in the arctic city of Tromsø, northern Norway.

Ánde Somby is a famous Sami traditional yoiker as well as a well-known legal scholar and indigenous rights activist. Kristen Mellem is a classically trained violinist and composer who works with folk music, yoiking and community theatre. Nils Johansen is a contemporary musician and composer and was the music mastermind of the internationally celebrated group Bel Canto.

Vajas’ essence was the meeting of the cold arctic breeze and human warmth, the traditional Sami yoik combined with soundscapes.

Discography

* Tracks in snow (2005)
* Sacred Stone (2006)

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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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