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Saturday, March 24, 2012 Options
Erlend Viken

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Erlend Viken, award-winning violinist and virtuoso on Norway's national instrument, the hardanger fiddle, stops by for a live solo session and interview. The hardanger is like a standard violin but in addition to the usual four strings there are four or five "sympathetic" strings that vibrate to give the instrument a haunting echo-like sound. Erlend plays in various bands including the fiddle duo Aslak & Erlend and the bluegrass outfit Early Bird String Band, two-time nominees for the Spellemann award - Norway's equivalent to the Grammy.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Matorralman: Chicas Kamikaze Options / Guateque Estelar / Nacional (0:00:00 )

Quetzal: Estoy Aqui Options / Imaginaries / Smithsonian Folkways / * (0:05:43 )

Filastine: Shanty Tones Options / Loot / Muti Music / * (0:10:41 )

Cheikh Lo: Sante Yalla Options / Lamp Fall / Nonesuch (0:15:45 )

Natalie Natiembe: Hkdododansing Options / Karma / Sakifo Records (0:20:05 )

Alexis Cuadrado: Draconium Options / Noneto Iberico / Bjurecords (0:26:39 )

Eva Ayllon: El Surco Options / Kimbafa / Times Square (0:36:12 )

Antonio Zambujo: Nao me Dou Longe de Ti Options / Guia / World Village (0:45:50 )

Grupo de Cordas: Teledisco Options / Live / Unreleased (0:49:55 )

Erlend Viken: Springar from Valdres Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (1:11:33 )

Erlend Viken: The Girl with the Farm (Halling) Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (1:17:15 )

Erlend Viken: The Day After Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (1:24:15 )

Erlend and Aslak: Lugumleik i Hallingtakt Options / Duo / Ta:lik (1:30:25 )
Springlek learned from Aslak Brimi's Grandfather Hans Brimi

Early Bird String Band: Way to Go Options / Blindsides / Voices of Wonder (1:35:38 )

Erlend Viken: Blue Cabin Waltz Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (1:40:15 )

Erlend Viken: Couples' Dance Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (1:48:40 )

Erlend Viken: Five Miles From Town Options / Live on WFMU / Unreleased (1:52:20 )
American fiddle tune played on hardanger - learned from Bruce Molsky and Big Hoedown who recorded it as "Five Miles out of Town"; the tune can be traced to legendary Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport

Hukwe Zawose: Mateso Options / Mateso / Triple Earth (1:57:00 )

Igd el Djilad: Mande Options / Madaris / Popular African Music (2:07:55 )

Ernst Reijseger & Groove Lele: Oh Lele, Somin Zirode Options / Zembrocal Musical / Winter & Winter (2:18:39 )

Lo Cor de la Plana: La Noviota Options / Tant Deman / Buda Musique (2:28:10 )

Tomoko Sugawara: Archaic Phrase Options / Live / Unreleased (2:38:15 )
Composition by Kikuko Masumoto

Listener comments!

  Sat. 3/24/12 6:13pm Detroit Mac:

I'm here (hear)
  Sat. 3/24/12 6:46pm Tom Bien:

Yo tambien!
  Sat. 3/24/12 7:03pm E:

where is Jerome?
  Sat. 3/24/12 7:18pm DaveInSoDak:

Oh, this is beautiful. Just tuned in and heard a Hardanger! Memories of going to Norwegian camp "Skogfjorden" in Northern Minnesota as a kid... That is the coolest stringed instrument ever. And such beautiful melodies...
  Sat. 3/24/12 7:19pm DaveInSoDak:

Veldig fint!
  Sat. 3/24/12 7:36pm Frank:

Did he mention Odd Bakkerud? He was a great hardingfele player :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 3/24/12 7:41pm Rob W:

I think so - I can ask..
  Sat. 3/24/12 7:45pm Frank:

What he played was so similar I couldn't help but think of him, heh.
  Sat. 3/24/12 7:57pm Frank:

Erlend has that great timbre too. Sweet bluegrass
  Sat. 3/24/12 8:19pm E:

I see now it's Drom: I swore I heard "Jerome"
  Sat. 3/24/12 8:35pm groucho:

Manchester, England signing in
  Sat. 3/24/12 8:35pm Eric:

I've been rocking this track at home ever since I heard it on this show last week
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