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Nils Økland
Monograph

Nils Økland hardanger fiddle, violin, viola d’amore
 
Mønster
Pas de deux
Kvelartak
Horisont
Mono
Rite
Ø
Snor
Slag
Seg
Dialog
Skimte
Nattsvermer

Recorded July 2007
ECM 2069
 
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First ECM solo album from the Norwegian violinist who has gained many friends for his work with the Christian Wallumrød Ensemble. Økland’s solo music is strongly inspired by the rich Norwegian fiddle tradition and its freedom, variation and individuality, yet what he plays is not purely ‘folk music’ rather a reinvention of folk forms, with free improvisation and contemporary composition also powerful influences. The ‘personality’ of the instruments themselves is also an inspiration: on “Monograph” Økland makes the most of the ‘drone’ qualities of the viola d’amore and the Hardanger fiddle (he plays both old and modern models) as well as an old violin from 1700, in a recital of subtle and melodic invention.