Eirnar Olav and Gjermund Larsen - Søttenpassingen - CD
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Eirnar Olav Larsen og Gjermund Larsen
Søttenpassingen (Ta:lik)

Don't be decieved by the cover, these two musicians are from the latest generation of young fiddlers from Verdalen, Norway - Eirnar Olav born in 1979, Gjermund in 1981. Spoon fed the music by their fiddler father, they both moved through the musical schools of Norway, formal and informal, often studying with some of the notable old-timers of the region, including many sessions with Hilmar Alexandersen before his death in 1993. These recordings were beautifully recorded in the relaxed setting of their own living room. Join them at home for 'down-home' performances of 20 tunes.

Listen:
Søttenpassingen
Barsengvalsen

Tracks
  • SØTTENPASSINGEN 1:29
  • POLS ETTER OLA SUUL 1:31
  • BARSENGVALSEN 2:26
  • FANGSTMANNSHALLINGEN 1:55
  • STORPOLSEN 2:09
  • POLS ETTER BLIND- OLA 2:12
  • VALS ETTER BIKKJE- FREDRIK 2:30
  • VISETONE + RINGLENDER ETTER K P ALEXANDERSEN 3:36
  • ANDERSVALSEN 3:19
  • GRANNEN 1:31
  • GROPEN 1:38
  • B- DUR- VALS ETTER HILMAR ALEXANDERSEN 2:16
  • POLKETT ETTER HILMAR ALEXANDERSEN 2:52
  • POLKAMASURKA ETTER OL' ARNTSA 2:39
  • B- DURVALS 1:51
  • KÅRKALL' N 2:33
  • RESTAR' N 1:31
  • HALVBROREN 1:46
  • KALVØYVALS 1:18
  • MIN FALSKE VENN 2:08
  • The information from the record label:
    Einar Olav and Gjermund Larsen
    The brothers Einar Olav (b. 1979) and Gjermund Larsen (b. 1981) come from Verdalen and were both spoon fed with traditional music, or as their father, the folk musician Geir Egil Larsen (b. 1944), likes to say, "they are environmentally damaged".

    Einar Olav began playing violin as a six year old, and at seven the tune "Trønderbrura" was in his repertoire. Gjermund already on his sixth birthday played Blind-Ola tunes for the guests. As early as spring 1988 they appeared on Steinar Ofsdal's children's television program, "Atte Katte Noa," and in 1991 they made their first tour for Rikskonsertane (national folk concerts) with their parents and sister, Ingebjørg (b. 1982).

    After music school at home in Verdalen they both ended up in the music program at Inderøy high school. They had further training in the two-year program at the folk musicians' school at the Ole Bull Academy and a one-year program in music at the college in Nord-Trøndelag. Gjermund is in his third year at Musikkhøgskolen i Oslo, and Einar Olav, based in Verdalen, subsists as a freelance folk musician.

    During their childhood years, along with their father they regularly visited older fiddlers. There were especially many visits to the home of Hilmar Alexandersen (1903–1993). These visits gave lasting memories. Both boys held Hilmar Alexandersen as their great ideal, and it is far and away these two who have best mastered Hilmar's playing style and repertoire. In addition to learning Hilmar's playing, they also were also exposed to the lesser-known tune tradition at home in Verdalen—a strong and distinctive playing style with an unusual rhythmic form of dance fiddling. The repertoire is also technically demanding with much position playing.

    This CD contains for the most part older tunes in Verdal tradition and a large number of tunes after Hilmar Alexandersen, and thus represents the starting point and basis for both Einar Olav's and Gjermund's fiddling. Several of the tunes have never been presented on earlier recordings.

    The arrangements have all been developed through ensemble playing over the years. Not one note is written down, and the presentation and second voice (harmony) generally vary from one time to the next.

    Through the years there has been more and more playing. Before he was confirmed, Einar Olav played for dance with P.A. Røstad Sr., and Gjermund had an early period as a dance fiddler in Bakkan's orchestra. They also played with uncles and cousins.

    Einar Olav and Gjermund now have a wide range of music in their repertoire, but their local traditional folk music is always the basis for their musical expression. They both play in the Finnish-Norwegian group FRIGG, and Gjermund is a member of Majorstuen, last years winner of the Spellemannspris in the class for folk music/old-time dance. Einar Olav plays regularly in P. A. Røstad Jr.'s orchestra, which has won Kappspell and Titano competitions.

    Together they have won in the category group playing, regular fiddle, at Landskappleiken (the national competition) three years in a row. In 2002 Gjermund was tops in solo fiddle at Landskappleiken, the youngest of any winner over the years.

    Together and individually they have won prizes, fellowships and honors, such as TA-prisen 2003, Skogsby-Lasses Hädersomnämnande, Asmund Bjørkens gammel- danspris and Øivind Berghs minnepris (Gjermund in 2004), and in October 2004 they shared the Osa prize.

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