Kind of Folk – Vol. 2 Norway
In the second instalment in their album series Kind of Folk Groupa meld traditional melodies with innovative instrumentation and sensitive improvisation.
“Our journey into the Kind of Folk country continues. From Sweden to Norway. From forests and marshes to fjords and mountains. The richness of expression and sounds is so extensive in Norwegian music that it is like embracing a mountain. We have listened to everything from herding calls to Grieg. and the result is a conversation based on our impressions. Scents of mountain streams, rush hour traffic in the center of Oslo, mosquito bites on the cloudberry fens, and watching the sun go down over Finnmark.”
The musicians pose questions to each other, speaking with their instruments, and the responses spark a tonal richness that evokes an abundance of images. It’s an album that embraces the silence between the notes, the breaths taken to generate fragile flute notes, in the lingering reverberation of the fiddle and the mouth harp.
All three members of Groupa have a relationship to Norwegian folk music. Growing up close to the border, Mats was intrigued by the melodies he heard from Norwegian fiddlers and Hardanger fiddlers. Later, he studied the Hardanger fiddle under Ånon Egeland and went on to collect music from the province of Värmland in Sweden and eastern Norway. Terje Isungset (percussion and mouth harp) was born in Norway, in Geilo, and has played folk music since he was a boy. Jonas was inspired by the tonal language, and by the long chainlike formations, “gangar” and “springar”, in traditional Norwegian dancing tunes.
Recorded April 8th – 10th 2018 at Hallibakken Lydproduksjon, Norway. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tor Magne Hallibakken and Groupa.