Ingfrid Breie Nyhus

Abstraction in Folk Art AlbumPurchased

The investigation of traits from Norwegian folk music in art music on the piano continues - this album presents three contemporary perspectives by highly acclaimed composers Øyvind Torvund, Lasse Thoresen and Asbjørn Schaathun, played by pianist and folk musician Ingfrid Breie Nyhus. Abstraction in folk art has for a long time represented the incomprehensible and mysterious in existence. Øyvind Torvund points to connections between abstract embroidery patterns in folk art and modernistic abstract language in arts - and the same connections in folk music and art music, in ’Abstraction in Folk Art’ (2014). Øyvind Torvund plays with the folk musical elements of imitation, learning by ear, microtonality, skewed rhythms. Lasse Thoresen's ’Solspill’ (1983) takes its inspiration from images of nature. The piece is a set of variations based on a folk like melody, that is subsequently transformed to the unrecognizable, “in a similar way that a camera lens may zoom in on a detail leaving the totality out of sight". Asbjørn Schaathun’s ’Nations’ for piano and live electronics (2014), expresses Norwegian details within the juxtaposing frames of Nature and Culture. Where Culture is represented in even rhythms and progressions, often technically demanding passages, Nature may be found in details drawn from Norwegian folk music, with its characteristics of unevenness, knobbliness, intimations of heterophony and varied repetitions.
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1. Abstraction in Folk Art 00:08:57 1.20 USD
Main artist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus
Composer Øyvind Torvund
Performers Ingfrid Breie Nyhus
Producers Ingfrid Breie Nyhus
2. Solspill 00:16:30 1.70 USD
Main artist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus
Composer Lasse Thoresen
Performers Ingfrid Breie Nyhus
Producers Ingfrid Breie Nyhus
Publishers Norsk Musikforlag
3. Nations 00:23:18 2.20 USD
Main artist Ingfrid Breie Nyhus
Composer Asbjørn Schaathun
Performers Ingfrid Breie Nyhus
Producers Ingfrid Breie Nyhus