Nils Økland is an innovative violinist and Hardinger fiddle specialist who is creatively expanding the range of the traditional music of his Nordic homeland.
The creator of a series of acclaimed albums on the prestigious ECM recording label, Økland is joined here by fellow countryman Sigbjørn Apeland for what promises to be a compelling virtuoso performance that includes traditional, folk and classical tunes from their native Norway.
Økland and Apeland's are master musicians whose drifting, morning-mist fiddle sound is pillowed by harmonium, to create a soft and brooding musical atmosphere that is both hypnotic and haunting.
The ‘personality’ of the instruments themselves set the tone - with the ‘drone’ qualities of the sympathetic 12-string Hardanger fiddle and the harmonium creating music that is both timeless, and ancient.
Økland's playing is surprisingly panoramic, and the sheer detail inherent in his instruments' tonal qualities creates a rich listening experience.
As a duo, Okland and Apeland weave celestial spells that are at times rough and earthy, as others majestically stratospheric in their marriage of tradition and modernity.