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Frode Haltli's Border Woods at Constellation

  • Constellation 3111 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

Frode Haltli "The Border Woods" 

Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli works across folk, improvisation and contemporary classical genres, and campaigns tirelessly to create a modern identity for his instrument. Blending the accordion with the richly resonant sounds of the Swedish nyckelharpa, Grenseskogen (The Border Woods) picks up resonances and overtones from Nordic folk musics and traces their connections with Indian and Arabic scales. The nyckelharpa is a unique traditional "keyed fiddle" with a 1000 year old history in Sweden, performed here by Emilia Amper, a true folk musician and innovator on the instrument. ‘Hopefully this work can give some new perspectives on what folk music can be today,’ comments Haltli, ‘from a point of view where you can see backwards and forwards, to the east and to the west.’

Frode Haltli – accordion
Emilia Amper – nyckelharpa
Håkon Stene – percussion
Eirik Raude – percussionwww.

frodehaltli.com 

“Grenseskogen” (“The Border Woods”) is composed on the basis of musical ideas that comes from playing and interacting with experienced traditional musicians through years. These ideas could be rhythmical motives and figurations; well known harmonies as well as expansions such as the use of bitonality; modal scales which occur both in Norwegian, Indian and Arabic music. I have mainly used these elements in improvised playing with folk musicians so far. Writing things down on paper does of course give possibilities to develop the musical material more, to create unheard links and forms. New melodies sneak out of the old tunes...The Swedish national instrument nyckelharpa has a fantastic rich sound. It is like the instrument creates grounding in itself with its sympathetic strings that resonate a tradition several hundreds of years old. Especially when it is played by Emilia Amper, a true folk musician and innovator. Folk music is to me very much about vital interpretation and playfulness, and we have a fantastic Norwegian/Swedish ensemble tradition that I want to spin further on. The nyckelharpa and the accordion is in this work supported by percussion instruments we normally don’t find in the traditional music of the north, and they help to expand the sound. Hopefully this work can give some new perspectives on what folk music can be today, from a point of view where you can see backwards and forwards, to the east and to the west!--Frode Haltli, August 2015

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