One of Norway’s most celebrated folk music ensembles, the Gjermund Larsen Trio to play London’s King’s Place in June.
The 17th of June sees Gjermund Larsen trio performing at London’s King’s Place.
Gjermund Larsen enjoys a position as one of the most celebrated and active performers and composers on the modern Norwegian folk music scene. He is a fiddler distinguished by the gentle warmness of his tunes, the natural tempt of his melodies and the broad variety of music that range from catchy dance tunes to calm meditations.
Larsen’s proper debut as a composer came in the form of the work Brytningstid which was commissioned by the Telemark Festival in 2006. Double bassist Sondre Meisfjord and pianist/organist Andreas Utnem were featured at the premiere and the three musicians have continued the successful collaboration to date making up the excellent Gjermund Larsen Trio. 2008 saw the release of their debut album Ankomst (Arrival) for which they received a Norwegian Grammy the year after.
The musicians, their interaction, the arrangements and the compositions have had some time to evolve, and the material has advanced to perfection. Their second recording Aurum (Gold) has much of the same fine atmosphere as Ankomst, but with a more distinct shape and a clearer “Gjermund Larsen Trio sound”. The album is nominated for a Norwegian Grammy.
Backed by an enthusiastic Norwegian audience Gjermund Larsen Trio has approached the international music market and constantly collects great concert and album reviews abroad.
Larsen has succeeded in creating his own musical universe based on the traditional music of Nord-Trøndelag, but also with great influenced from other genres such as baroque music, jazz, contemporary music, pop, rock, bluegrass and Scandinavian folk music. Gjermund Larsen himself says that he digs up ideas from everything he listens to and all the musicians that he works with. The outcome is music that drifts nicely in the intersection between tradition and new invention, and with energy so vibrant that it stays within you everlastingly.
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