We met for the first time in the autumn of 2011 with an idea.
Two instruments with a short geographical distance between them, but still very rare to hear them played together, would now come together in a cellar in Stockholm.
We soon found out that there were natural
reasons behind the instruments’ rare meetings. The repertoire is quite different but it’s also about the keys, rhythmic differences, ornamentation and so much more.
We chose to go the hard way in following traditional playing styles, pace and rhythm.
We wanted to add a new dimension to the music, without removing the many qualities that had already existed before, and we would, amongst other things, try to play the hardanger fiddle music as if they were played by a solo player.
One solution was to give each other signs as we played the tunes instead of making solid arrangement ideas.
Erik was so disciplined in learning the Hallingdal style that he slept with springar’s and halling’s in his head for the whole of the spring.
Olav also learned new fingering techniques for the fiddle whilst trying the hardanger in different keys.
It has always been important for us to let our own personalities and musical thoughts get space in the music. Therefore, it is perhaps not so strange that this album, the last in the triology, consists largely of our own compositions.
The result, we think, is harmonious, an embracing soundscape.
The sound of 25 strings in interaction and harmony, with an underlying, addictive intensity and energy.
We have always been very open to each others ideas and let each other have the room to play. Neither of us can remember anytime where any of us have had an idea that has not been approved or allowed.
It has been an evolving and educational journey that we will take with us for the rest of our lives.
A huge thank you to all of you who have given us encouraging words and to those who have had faith in this project.
All the best Erik and Olav
Recording, mix and mastering: Audun Strype, Strype Audio. Released on NFB Records. NFBCD002. February 2019.