Over several summers, Trio Mediaeval and trumpeter Arve Henriksen met by the beautiful Dalsfjorden, on the Norwegian west coast. Rímur was born in that landscape. Inspired by Icelandic sagas, lilting chants, folk songs, ancient hymns and fiddle tunes, the quartet created a haunting set of songs where improvisation, mediaeval and traditional music from Iceland, Norway and Sweden fuse in lyrical meditations on time, place, belief.
Anon. Tvísöngur (17th-century Iceland) arr. A.M. Friman (b. 1972): Morgunstjarna Anon. Tvísöngur (17th-century Iceland) arr. A.M. Friman: Anda þinn guð mér gef þú vist After Þuríður Friðriksdóttir (Ríma, Iceland) arr. Trio Mediaeval & A. Henriksen (b. 1968): Láta gjalla létt og hátt Nils Hermansson (1326-1391) (14th-century Vadstena, Sweden, from Office of St. Birgitta) arr. Trio Mediaeval & A. Henriksen: St Birgitta Hymn—Rosa rorans bonitatem Trad. Mediaeval ballad (Norway) after Kalenda Maya arr. L.A. Fuglseth (b. 1969): Villemann og Magnhild Anon. (13th- and 14th-century Orkney) arr. Trio Mediaeval & A. Henriksen: St Magnus Hymn—Nobilis humilis Trad. Folk song (Norway) arr. L.A. Fuglseth: So ro liten tull Trad. Folk song (Norway) after Sondre Bratland, arr. L.A. Fuglseth: Sulla lulla Anon. Tvísöngur (17th-century Iceland) arr. Trio Mediaeval & A. Henriksen: O Jesu dulcissime
Anon. (13th-century Bergen, Norway) arr. Trio Mediaeval & A. Henriksen: St Sunniva Hymn—Eterna—Christi munera Trad. Mediaeval ballad (Sweden) arr. A.M. Friman: Sankt Göran och draken Anon. Tvísöngur (17th-century Iceland): Rís upp, drottni dýrð Trad. Folk song (Småland, Sweden) arr. A.M. Friman: Om ödet skulle skicka mig Trad. Folk song (Sweden) arr. A.M. Friman: Jag haver ingen kärare Trad. Folk song (Fron, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway) arr. P.G Lien: Gammelkjerringvalsen Anna Maria Friman & Arve Henriksen: Krummi Trad. Sjömansvisa (Shanty) (Sweden) after Sofia Sandén arr. A.M. Friman: Du är den
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Generously supported by Leading Patron Ulrike Klein AO. Commissioned work supported by the Chamber Landscapes Commissioning Circle.
Trio Mediaeval Anna Maria Friman, voice & hardanger fiddle Linn Andrea Fuglseth, voice, melody chimes & shruti box Jorunn Lovise Husan, voice and Arve Henriksen, trumpet Jim Atkins, sound design
Founded in 1997 in Oslo, Trio Mediæval has a specialized repertoire of ballads and songs from the Norwegian Middle Ages and of polyphonic music from medieval England, France and Italy that the women arrange themselves, as well as contemporary works written specifically for the ensemble.
Arve Henriksen, trumpet
Henriksen has composed and commissioned music for festivals, films and documentary programs. He has a long discography counting over 180 records in total on various record labels.
Jim Atkins, sound design
Jim Atkins designs and mixes sound for a host of live and recorded situations nationally and internationally. Recent highlights include One Infinity (Melbourne Festival); The Black Rider (Victorian Opera/Malthouse); En Masse and Pleasure Garden (Sydney Festival/ National Sawdust NY); Armand Van Helden (MSO); Satan Jawa (AsiaTOPA/ Berlin Festival); Between 8&9 (Chamber Made).