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A sound like a shimmering picture puzzle – listening leads to a subtle shift of perception along with the constant discovery of new images, clear and pure, and then iridescent and milky...

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A sound like a shimmering picture puzzle – listening leads to a subtle shift of perception along with the constant discovery of new images, clear and pure, and then iridescent and milky. The fascination of the Hardanger fiddle comes from a combination of playing strings with the bow and resonating understrings on the fingerboard. Nils Økland reintroduced the traditional 17th century instrument into the modern repertoire. He plays folk dances like the Slåtter and Halling and his own freely improvised compositions. Undoubtedly, Økland is one of the world’s most popular masters of this fiddle. Sigbjørn Apeland’s harmonium creates sustained sounds with ‘personality’ along with rhythmically jaunty and dance-like grooves. Apeland is a graduate in Church music and Professor for ethnomusicology at the University of Bergen. The duo has played together for decades – even including an appearance at the very first Glatt&Verkehrt Festival ... back in 1997! They were thrilled to hear that Terry Riley will also perform on the same evening, not least because their music builds a rapport with minimal music ideas.

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