Tag Archives: Norwegian music

Artist Profiles: Harald Skullerud

Harald Skullerud (right) with Ulla Pirttijärv and Olav Torget

Harald Skullerud has worked as a professional musician since 1995,
primarily as drummer and percussionist. He uses drums from various continents that he has collected throughout the years during his international tours.

Harald studied drumming traditions in West Africa and Arab countries. He has performed with Jon Balke, Inga Juuso, Solo Cissokho, Wissam Murad, Mari Boine, Jørun Bøgeberg, Bjørn Klakegg, Anders Røine, Niko Valkeapää, Håkon Høgemo, Nicolay Ivanov, Karl Seglem, Wassim Qassis, Rudl Trio, and Steinar Strøm, Friland among others.

He won the Folkelarmprisen award (Åpen class) 2012 in Norway with Juusk (Inga Juuso & Harald Skullerud).

Olav recorded the album Áššu with Sami singer Ulla Pirttijärvi .


Stave Church Songs – Martyred Saints & Sister Bells, with Elisabeth Holmertz, Anders Røine and Elisabeth Vatn ‎(Heilo, 2011)
Rudl, with Håkon Høgemo and Stefan Bergman (ta:lik, 2013)
Áššu (Bafe’s Factory, 2019)


Artist Profiles: Olav Torget

Olav Torget

Olav Torget has been an independent musician since the early nineties. He plays electric and acoustic guitars and the West African konting (ngoni).

He learned music at the University of Oslo with guitarists Knut
Værnes, Bjørn Klakegg and Staffan William-Olsson. Olav also studied konting in Senegal and Gambia with Amadou A. Gueye.

He has performed with Kristin Asbjørnsen, Karl Seglem, Geir Lysne,
Solo Cissokho, Diom de Kossa, Anita Skorgan, Sjur Miljeteig, Eli
Storbekken, Steinar Ofsdal, and Ali Farka Toure among others.

Olav recorded the album Áššu with Sami singer Ulla Pirttijärvi .


Suburban Jive ‎(Echofisk, 2007)
Áššu (Bafe’s Factory, 2019)


Norwegian Setesdal Music and Dance Added to the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Hardanger fiddler – Photo courtesy of Agder Folk Music Archive, 2007

Norway’s practice of traditional music and dance in Setesdal (stev/stevjing has been added to UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Setesdal dancers – Photo by Knut Utler, 2012

In Setesdal, dance and music go together. The melodies are named after the ‘gangar’ dance and the ‘stev’ songs, habitually performed in intermissions between dancing and music-making, either solo or by two or more singers in dialog with each other.

The dance is performed by couples in a circular motion and the music is played on the Hardanger fiddle and the jaw harp. This tradition has been transmitted uninterruptedly since the 18th century, and continues to progress, with the consistent composition of new songs and tunes.


Hardanger Fiddle Beauty from Benedicte Maurseth

Benedicte Maurseth – Benedicte Maurseth

Benedicte Maurseth – Benedicte Maurseth (Heilo, 2019)

This self-titled album features exquisite solo performances on the hardanger fiddle by Norwegian fiddler and composer Benedicte Maurseth.

Most of the pieces on Benedicte Maurseth are traditional tunes recreated by Benedicte Maurseth. They are transformed into mesmerizing chamber folk performances highlighting the simple beauty of solo hardanger fiddle.

Buy Benedicte Maurseth


Absorbing Experimental Joiks from Torgeir Vassvik

Vassvik – Gákti

Vassvik – Gákti (Heilo, 2019)

Torgeir Vassvik has transformed traditional joik music from Samiland in Norway. His new album Gákti focuses on animism, which is a fundamental part of Sami culture.

The core of the Sámi culture is the animism: everything is connected, everything is alive,” says Torgeir Vassvik.

The ancient meets modernity in “Gákti.” Vassvik’s joik’s are fittingly interlaced with improvised instrumental music, electronic sound design, guitars two types of fiddles. The music crosses the boundaries of traditional world music and avant-garde experimentation.

The album includes personal joiks (a joik dedicated to somebody); celebrations of nature; companionship; love and female power; songs about climate change; songs for those who have left, but still live on; and joiks of the world from the viewpoint of indigenous people.

Personnel: Torgeir Vassvik on joik, guitar, frame drum, igil, birbyné, munnharpe, electronics; Hans P. Kjorstad on violin; Rasmus Kjorstad on octave violin; and Audun Strype on sound design.

Buy Gákti


Artist Profiles: Tone Hulbækmo

Tone Hulbækmo

Tone Hulbækmo (born 1957), from Tolga in Østerdalen, is a vocalist with broad repertoire, ranging European medieval and renaissance music to Norwegian folk modern songs. She bases her vocal style on old traditions of Østerdalen that she has modernized and given personal twist. She is also active as an instrumentalist, composer arranger.

She has breathed new life into the Norwegian harp tradition, and developed her own style. She plays harp and lyre.

In group Kalenda Maya she plays medieval renaissance music from Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Norway. collaboration with folk musicians all corners of globe led to exciting musical combinations tours throughout world. Hulbækmo introduces lovely Østerdalen electronic loops, fiery dance rhythms cosmic tones.


Kåmma No …. ‎(Heilo, 1983)
Kalenda Maya (1985)
Svevende Jord (Heilo, 1986)
Langt Nord I Skogen (Kirkelig Kulturverksted, 1988)
Konkylie ‎(Grappa, 1995)
Pilgrimsreiser, with Kalenda Maya (1997)
Kyrja ‎(Heilo, 1999)
Nordic Woman (Grappa Music, 2012)
Stifinner ‎(Heilo, 2016)


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)


Artist Profiles: Åse Teigland

Åse Teigland

Åse Teigland was born in 1975. She comes from Utne in Hardanger. She is one of Norway’s talented ardanger fiddle players, and plays with authentic feeling and elegance.

Åse Teigland studied with several well-known fiddlers, including Knut Hamre, Stein Versto and Leif Rygg. She studied at the Folkemusikakademiet in Rauland (1994-96), Bergen University College and the Ole Bull Academy at Voss (1998-2000).

She has collaborated with Knut Hamre, Frank Rolland, Synnøve S. Bjørset, Anne Hytta, and Alexander Aga Røynstrand.

Åse Teigland’s repertoire consists primarily of traditional songs and tunes from Hardanger and Voss.


Dansarsteinen ‎(NORCD, 1998)
Håstabøslåttar ‎(Heilo, 1999)
Stille ‎(NORCD, 2008)
Soli ‎(ta:lik, 2010)
Granvin – Spelarhola ‎(ta:lik, 2014)


Artist Profiles: Frode Haltli

Frode Haltli – Photo by Rolf Schoellkopf

Accordion virtuoso Frode Haltli has received several awards, including a Norwegian Spellemann Prize in 2002, and was named Young Soloist of the Year by the Norwegian Concert Institute in 2001.

Haltli was was a member of Rusk and contributed to a long line of productions, including recordings for the prestigious German label ECM.

Since 1999 he has performed and recorded regularly with Scandinavian trio POING.

Frode Haltli – Photo by Knut Bry


Looking on Darkness, with the Vertavo String Quartet (ECM, 2002)
Rusk (Heilo/Grappa, 2002)
Rusk II (Heilo/Grappa, 2006)
Passing images (ECM, 2007)
Yeraz, with Trygve Seim (ECM, 2008)
Arne Nordheim Complete Accordion Works (Simax Classics, 2012)
Vagabonde Blu (Hubro/Grappa, 2014)
Air, with the Trondheim Soloists and the Arditti Quartet (ECM, 2016)
Rumi Songs, with Trygve Seim (ECM, 2016)
StaiStua, with Ulvo and Hole (NorCD, 2016)
Avant Folk (Hubro/Grappa, 2018)


Giants of Jazz (LLRR, 2003)
Planet POING (Jazzaway, 2005)
River Mouth Echoes (Tzadik, 2008)
Wach auf! (Øra Fonogram, 2011)
Sur POING (Aurora, 2016)
Kapital & Moral (Grappa, 2016)


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.


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)
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)