Artistic leader Per Sæmund Bjørkum received his training at the Norwegian State Academy of Music, and is a musician at the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his classical career, Bjørkum is also a freelancer on the folk music circuit. Tone Hulbækmo is one of Norwegian folk music’s most influential vocalists as well as being a highly respected Norwegian harp player that has almost single-handedly revitalised the ancient instrument. Organist Kåre Nordstoga and bassist Bjørn Kjellemyr - highly respected performers on their respective instruments, supply solid accompaniment.
The material presented by Berg og Vatn can be viewed as a tribute to two central musicians from the North-Gudbrandsdalen area: Bjørkum’s mentor Pål Skogum plus fiddler and local music historian Torger Olstad. The arrangements have been skilfully adapted for the slightly unusual instrumentation that consists of fiddle, vocals, Norwegian harp, organ and bass. The tunes wary in expression from gentle and lyrical melodies to up-tempo dances and waltzes. The interplay between the diverse instruments creates a musical form of expression that’s both elegant and subtle but is also full of passion and warmth – a testament to the deep and profound love of music that’s on display.
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Genre\Folk / Traditional