#3676: New Music for Hardanger Fiddle

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Listen to new music for the instrument from Southwestern Norway known as the Hardanger fiddle, (or hardingfele), but of course there’s a twist. For this New Sounds, there’s post-rock, world music, electroacoustic music, and even an Irish-American duet on this Norwegian instrument – with music from Scotland, Ireland, and the U.S. Hear the collaborative recording between Hardanger fiddle master Nils Økland and the post-rock duo The Low Frequency In Stereo, called Lumen Drones – which comes off as a psychedelic drone band.

Then, listen to music from the octogenarian bard Robin Williamson (of Incredible String Band reknown), along with violist Mat Maneri and drummer Ches Smith. Then, hear a duo record from Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (of The Gloaming) and Dan Trueman (founder of Princeton Laptop Orchestra), which stretches and recombines the DNA of Norwegian folk and Irish trad fiddling on a 10-stringed instrument, the Hardanger d’Amore. Plus, there’s music from the Hardanger’s likely ancestor, the viola d’amore, by composer/violist Garth Knox, and more.

PROGRAM #3676 Hardanger Fiddle Music (First aired on 12/23/2014)

ARTIST: Lumen Drones (Nils Okland/Per Steinar Lie/Orjan Haaland)
WORK: Dark Sea [3:54]
RECORDING: Lumen Drones
SOURCE: ECM 2434
INFO:   ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Annbjørg Lien
WORK: Aja [6:27]
RECORDING: Baba Yaga
SOURCE: North Side #6044 / Grappa , Musikkforlag GRCD 4158
INFO:  annbjorglien.com

ARTIST: Robin Williamson w/ Mat Maneri, viola and Ches Smith, drums
WORK: Our Evening Walk [5:40]
RECORDING: Trusting In The Rising Light
SOURCE: ECM 2393
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Steve Tibbetts & Knut Hamre
WORK: Bygdatråen [6:00]
RECORDING: Å
SOURCE: Hannibal #1438
INFO: stevetibbetts.com

ARTIST: Lumen Drones (Nils Okland/Per Steinar Lie/Orjan Haaland)
WORK: Keelwater [6:15]
RECORDING: Lumen Drones
SOURCE: ECM 2434
INFO:   ecmrecords.com

ARTIST: Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman
WORK: fead an iolair [4:02]
RECORDING: Laghdú
SOURCE: store.irishmusic.net

ARTIST: Carla Kihlstedt
WORK: Hold My Own [5:00]
RECORDING: Borrowed Arms
SOURCE: kihlstedtbossi.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Garth Knox
WORK: Malor me bat (2004) [4:54]
RECORDING: D'Amore
SOURCE: ECM 1925
INFO: ecmrecords.com