Listen to new music for the instrument from Southwestern Norway known as the Hardanger fiddle, (or hardingfele), but of course there’s a twist. For this New Sounds, there’s post-rock, world music, electroacoustic music, and even an Irish-American duet on this Norwegian instrument – with music from Scotland, Ireland, and the U.S. Hear the collaborative recording between Hardanger fiddle master Nils Økland and the post-rock duo The Low Frequency In Stereo, called Lumen Drones – which comes off as a psychedelic drone band. Then, listen to music from the octogenarian bard Robin Williamson (of Incredible String Band reknown), along with violist Mat Maneri and drummer Ches Smith. Then, hear a duo record from Caoimhin O Raghallaigh (of The Gloaming) and Dan Trueman (founder of Princeton Laptop Orchestra), which stretches and recombines the DNA of Norwegian folk and Irish trad fiddling on a 10-stringed instrument, the Hardanger d’Amore. Plus, there’s music from the Hardanger’s likely ancestor, the viola d’amore, by composer/violist Garth Knox, and more.


PROGRAM #3676 Hardanger Fiddle Music (First aired on 12/23/2014)  





Lumen Drones (Nils Okland/Per Steinar Lie/Orjan Haaland)

Lumen Drones

Dark Sea [3:54]

ECM 2434

Annbjørg Lien

Baba Yaga

Aja [6:27]

North Side #6044 / Grappa Musikkforlag GRCD 4158

Robin Williamson w/ Mat Maneri, viola and Ches Smith, drums

Trusting In The Rising Light

Our Evening Walk [5:40]

ECM 2393

Lumen Drones (Nils Okland/Per Steinar Lie/Orjan Haaland)

Lumen Drones

Keelwater [6:15]

See above.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman


fead an iolair [4:02]

Carla Kihlstedt

Borrowed Arms

Hold My Own [5:00]

Garth Knox


Malor me bat (2004) [4:54]

ECM 1925