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Folk tunes from Valdres in a new costume.

Almost two centuries ago Ludvig Mathias Lindeman toured Norwegian villages, collecting folk tunes, just as Cecil Sharp did in England, in the same way as the Brothers Grimm in Germany and Asbjørnsen and Moe in Norway did for folk tales. One of the people Lindeman met in Norway was the great-great-grandfather of 2023 Artist in residence Ragnhild Hemsing, violinist and Hardanger fiddler.

In her album Vetra (2023) Ragnhild has put together a collection of Lindeman's notations from Valdres, tracing the rich cultural heritage and the development of music in her home village and beyond.

In the recording Hemsing is joined by a versatile team: improvisers Mathias Eick and Terje Isungset, folk musicians Ole and Knut Aastad Bråten and a string ensemble consisting of viola, cello and double bass.

'I wanted to highlight unknown and rarely played material and take it to the next level in an artistic project, preserving our cultural heritage and moving it on into a modern setting, she explains. 'The title Vetra means winter. Like Ragnhild, the word comes from Valdres, just as Lindeman's notations do.

Photo: Cathrine Dokken


​Read more about Artist in residence Ragnhild Hemsing. Ole and Knut Aastad Bråten will perform in Grieg's villa Sunday 26 May, and Mathias Eick will join Ragnhild Hemsing in Valestrand Sunday 26 May.

Last Updated: 03/03/2024

Source: Visit Bergen

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