Emilia Amper - LUX
In 2012, Emilia Amper’s solo début disc Trollfågeln (‘The Magic Bird’, BIS-2013) was a revelation. Not only to those who had never before heard the silvery sound of the nyckelharpa (‘keyed fiddle’), but also for the way Emilia on it combined her roots in Scandinavian folk music with her very own and individual voice.
Lux, her new album, confirms the promise of the earlier disc – a selection of her own compositions and traditional Swedish and Norwegian tunes which she performs solo and with a group of musician friends in various constellations.
With its roots stretching back to medieval Europe, the nyckelharpa (‘keyed fiddle’) almost died out in the middle of the twentieth century, but has made a remarkable comeback and is attracting an increasing number of performers in Sweden and around the world. Firmly grounded in Swedish traditional music, Emilia Amper has also worked with musicians from many other backgrounds, and can be regarded as an important ambassador for her instrument, but also for the inquisitive and open spirit which characterizes modern folk music.
Emilia Amper - Trollfågeln - The Magic Bird
Emilia Amper, one of Sweden’s most exciting young folk musicians, is also one of the finest nyckelharpa players in the world today. (In fact, she can even boast of being a World Champion on the instrument, a title she won in 2010.) For Trollfågeln, her first solo disc, she has devised a programme which demonstrates the numerous facets of her own musical personality, and of her instrument.
With its roots stretching back to medieval Europe, the nyckelharpa (‘keyed fiddle’) almost died out in the middle of the twentieth century, but has made a remarkable comeback and is attracting an increasing number of performers in Sweden and around the world.
Firmly grounded in Swedish traditional music, Emilia Amper has also worked with musicians from many other backgrounds, and regards folk music as a common international language, and a way of combining tradition with spontaneous improvisation in a playful reflection of our own times.
Consequently, on Trollfågeln (‘The Magic Bird’) a traditional dance tune such as Bredals Näckapolska stands next to Emilia’s own take on rock music, Kapad (‘Hijacked’). Similarly, Ut i mörka natten (‘Into the Dark Night’), a song about budding love that she’s written and composed herself, is contrasted with Herr Lager och skön fager, her setting of a poem from the late 1800s describing the sad outcome of a love affair.
Solos are mixed with settings in which Emilia is joined by a string ensemble from the famous Norwegian chamber orchestra the Trondheim Soloists, or by another well-known virtuoso on the nyckelharpa, Johan Hedin, as well as by some of her regular collaborators: Anders Löfberg, Dan Svensson and Olle Linder. In turns hypnotic, melancholy and meditative, groovy and jubilant, Trollfågeln is a breathtaking roller-coaster of a disc.
Trollfågeln comes in an attractively designed digipak, with a full-colour booklet containing photo material and an introduction in five languages (Swedish, English, French, German and Japanese), as well as texts by the performer about the music and the nyckelharpa in English and Swedish.
Trondheimsolistene - in folk style
In Nordic Melodies we find Grieg in passionate play with folk songs. The work sparkles with harmonies and expression, developing a whole story from just a few short stanzas. The Holberg Suite, loved for its beauty and feared for its challenges, is a fusion of European musical tradition and a genuine Norwegian sound palette. The Trondheim Soloists follow up with two brilliant soloists, Emilia Amper on nyckelharpa and Gjermund Larsen on fiddle, in newly commissioned music characterized by the same energy and tenderness. Wild nature and Nordic light are essential elements of the folk style. This lies at the core of the Trondheim Soloist's soul, a meeting between the musical playfulness and passion.
Suite "From Holberg's Time" op. 40
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Two Nordic Melodies op. 63
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
ABRÉGÉ - folk suite for nyckelharpa and string orchestra
Emilia Amper (1981-)
DIPLOM - folk suite for fiddle and string orchestra
Gjermund Larsen (1981-)
The Trondheim Soloists are regarded one of the top chamber orchestras in the world. Their DIVERTIMENTI was also nominated for the 51st GRAMMY Awards as "Best Small Ensemble", "Best Engineered Album" and "Best Surround Sound Album" in 2008. Now IN FOLK STYLE sets a new standard for the performance of Edvard Grieg's "Suite From Holberg's Time" with the intense musical details revealed in this most spectacular surround sound recording ever made.
Hoppa kajak är en svängig, välklingande och virtuos folkmusikdebut. Nyckelharpa, cello och traversflöjt byter roller med varandra och leker med melodier, stämmor och groove. Skaran består av några av Sveriges mest rosade unga folkmusiker just nu: Anna Roussel,Jonas Bleckman, och Emilia Amper. Var för sig har de skaffat sig ett världsmästarskap i nyckelharpa, ett norskt Spellemannspris, en Landskappleikvinst i spel med dansare och nomineringar till en amerikansk Grammy, Årets Artist på Folk- och Världsmusikgalan 2011. De började spela ihop redan 2008, men nu först kommer alltså deras debutalbum, med svenska traditionella danslåtar och nykomponerade låtar, allt arrangerat av bandet själva.
BLINK - BLINK
Blink´s mixture of traditional music from the North, and their own compositions blends naturally together. With a stage performance radiating of feeling and humor they evoke both laughing, crying and dancing amongst their listeners. These young but experienced and awarded artists are aiming at the stars.
“Blink set the bar very, very high. Voices and instruments moved in musical fringe areas. The girls’ four very individual, and very personal forms of expression flowed into a fascinating performance with four different roles.”
(Hans Christian Davidsen, Flensborg Avis, 11.04 2011)
“These fantastic four women bring you to the great universe of Nordic music like no one else. With great integrity they create a sound that calls for the ancient Nordic roots and bravely bring them up to date. It's a lot of power, it's sensitive and it's some of the best at the Nordic scene right now.”
(Harald Haugaard april 2011)
Also appears on:
John Leo Carter
No monsters only toys
(Dreamix records, 2016)
(Øra fonogram, 2012)
Waiting for the full moon (Nordic records, 2008)
Beyond the notes
(Capitol Records, 2004) album and live DVD