Sturla Eide Sundli (fiddle, hardanger) and Andreas Aase (guitar, bouzouki)
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Sturla - Andreas
Glimmer (2L, Norway)

Norwegian musicians Sturla Eide Sundli (fiddle, hardanger) and Andreas Aase (guitar, bouzouki) offer the real deal: pure and unadorned duets with grace, power and style, in a set of traditional and trad-inspired tunes that will inspire both lovers of Nordic tradition and anyone with a love of good fiddle-driven dance tunes from anywhere in the world.

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Andreas Aase talks about their music in his own words

Also by Andreas Aase: Maus

The record label says:
As the notes from Sturla Eide Sundli’s fiddle and Andreas Aase’s guitar soar towards the ceiling of the Sofienberg church in Oslo, different thoughts and emotions are unleashed. Every single melody in Norwegian traditional music is saturated by rhythm, simply because the tunes had to be danceable by themselves a long time ago - the melody is in the rhythm, the rhythm is in the melody. So when Andreas’ guitar and occasional bouzouki is added to Sturla’s fiddle and hardanger fiddle playing, it is done in a thoughtful and gentle way.

More about the artists:
The core of the tune — a quiet journey in the intensity of folk music

Why is there such a thing as traditional music? What makes a set of tunes survive in the collective memory of numerous generations of musicians, creating a common ground?

Hard to say. The righteous work of tireless collectors over the centuries has certainly played an important role, as have the institutions that teach and preserve this music for generations yet to come: Every little ornament, rhythmic detail and twist of the melody can be studied and learned by talented musicians in the making, and by undergoing this arduous, but rewarding process, these young musicians can take their place in the long line of worthy executors of the music from where they grew up.

However, as the notes from Sturla Eide Sundli's fiddle and Andreas Aase's guitar soar towards the ceiling of the Sofienberg church in Oslo, different thoughts and emotions are unleashed. Every single melody in Norwegian traditional music is saturated by rhythm, simply because the tunes had to be danceable by themselves a long time ago — the melody is in the rhythm, the rhythm is in the melody. So when Andreas' guitar and occasional bouzouki is added to Sturla's fiddle and hardanger fiddle playing, it is done in a thoughtful and gentle way. Since these tunes work perfectly well on their own, they are merely adorned with the simplest of chord progressions and the most discreet pulse. Instead of imposing on the tunes a landslide of sounds and arrangements (which works just fine in other contexts), this is an attempt to combine tunes in new ways, so that by a gentle change of key or pulse we can make the melodies shed a clarifying light on each other.

We always ask ourselves: What does tune need? What can we do without? Have we found the core of the tune, the essence of the melody? Through this calm and disciplined way of arranging our music, a different level of listening can be reached and the heart can fly into the world of traditional tunes from Trøndelag. The process has just begun, and it is our humble ambition that some of our thoughts and the deep joy we feel in playing this stuff translates to the listener.

The music on this recording bridges a gap of 150 years, all the way from the crippled farmhand Elling Holstad, whose fiddling wizardry could be heard in the Orkladal region in the 1850s, through the legacy of Hallvard Ørsal who played in the Nordmøre region and in the U.S. in the early- to mid-20th century, we've included a set of tunes composed by the distinguished Røros fiddler and teacher Sven Nyhus, and two of the selections are composed by ourselves.

Sturla Eide Sundli (fiddle and Hardangerfiddle) was born in 1975 and has played folk music since he was a child, taking part in competitions where he finally managed to be classified as an A-class fiddler in 1999. He has studied music at the University of Trondheim, and works as a freelance musician specialised in folk music. He also does teaching for children and youths who are learning to play fiddle, violin and guitar. Among Sturla's merits, you can see he has been representing Norway in several occasions abroad. He is also known as an open minded musician, which has lead to quite a few cross-over projects. Sturla is also a composer working in traditional style.

Andreas Aase (guitar and Irish bouzouki) was born in 1967, and has been an active musician in his native city of Trondheim since the mid-eighties. He has been a sideman for many of Norway's pop and folk singers, including Jonas Fjeld, Åge Aleksandersen, Eriksen, Steinar Albrigtsen and many others. He teaches guitar and music theory at the Teacher's Training College (HIST-ALU) in Trondheim, and graduated from the University of Trondheim (NTNU) in 1997.

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