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Aust og vest

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Aust og Vest

Meistermøte mellom tradisjon og improvisasjon med Erlend Apneseth (NO) og Karin Nakagawa (JP).

Erlend Apneseth
Foto: Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard
Karin Nakagawa
Foto: Mori Hirotoshi


Karin Nakagawa born in Tokyo and mainly living in Germany for the last several years, began taking piano lessons at three years old. At twelve, she dedicated herself to the study of the very rare 25-string koto under esteemed professor, Keiko Nosaka (Sōju Nosaka). She graduated from the world-renowned Tokyo University of Arts in the traditional style of “Sōkyoku-Ikuta ryū - Jiuta sangen” (traditional 13-string koto, shamisen and Japanese singing). Karin went on to collaborate with many internationally-acclaimed artists, organizing stage programs and performances in over 30 countries worldwide, and in 2009 she was awarded “the Best Debutant in Music” in Japan. In addition to her generous discography, she also won the “Swedish Grammy Award 2016” for the ECM-Records album “Trees of Light,” released in a trio with well-known Swedish musicians Anders Jormin and Lena Willemark. 

Today, Karin Nakagawa is an internationally-successful musician who works across borders and genres. Along with various collaborations and projects, she is always active as a solo artist and touches her audience with authentic and masterful performances. Her diversity—still based on cultural identity and tradition—gives her music a rare and unparalleled emotionality.

Erlend Apneseth er ein av landets leiande felespelarar. Han har motteke ei rekkje prisar, deriblant Grappas Debutantpris, Rolf Gammlengs pris, NOPA-prisen, samt fem nominasjonar til Spellemannprisen. Han har skrive bestillingsverk til blant annet Kongsberg Jazzfestival, Førdefestivalen og Ultima, og samarbeida i 2021 med komponisten Ørjan Matre om eit nytt verk for hardingfele og Det Norske Kammerorkester. Apneseth har foruten folkemusikken fordjupa seg i improvisasjon og alternative klang- og pizzicato-teknikker på hardingfela, og står fram som ein utøvar med eit heilt særeige uttrykk. 

«Det er folkemusikken som demonstrerer sin evige gyldighet, ikledd samtidens smakfulle innfall. Erlend Apneseth gjør folkemusikken viktig igjen» Arild R. Andersen, Aftenposten  

«Denne hardingfela låtar som ingenting annet» Audun Vinger, DN 

«A folksy, rhythmically powered zone of abstraction; Apneseth has developed the perfect hybrid.» Songlines Magazine


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