Musicians with firm roots in Swedish and Norwegian musical traditions, composing new music for Hardanger Fiddle and Cittern with their own personal contemporary voice.
Guro plays Hardanger fiddle and violin, Thomas Cittern – or Mandola, as the instrument also is called – and in their own compositions they follow each other closely in intricate musical details. Guro is among the top young Hardanger fiddle players in Norway, and Thomas is one of the leading musicians on his instrument in his generation. Since they met in the summer 2012, they have played a large number of concerts in Sweden and Norway, as well as some in Estonia, Croatia and India. When Thomas and Guro are not playing concerts, they study World Music at the University of Gothenburg.
grew up in Oslo, Norway, and started playing the Hardanger fiddle when she was seven years old. She has learnt to play the traditional music of Norway from many great Hardanger fiddle players and has received prizes for her playing in national competitions for folk music. In 2013 she began her folk music education in Sweden at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.
Guro is composing a lot of music, and has a great interest and love for the old music traditions of Norway and Sweden.
In 2011 she went to the world music camp Ethno and was bit by the “Ethno-bug”. Since then she has attended many Ethno Camps as a participant and leader, and setup Ethno Norway with a team of fellow musicians. In spring 2015 she worked at the Opera House of Gothenburg with the dance piece “Shadowland” where the famous Swedish folk musician Ale Möller had the musical responsibility. She is now freelancing and playing in different constellations.
is from the small town Bergkvara in the south of Sweden. He initially discovered the guitar at age seventeen and jumped directly with full power into the music, first studying at Gotlands Folkhögskola and then at Skurup Folkhögskola before studying at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. After having immersed in finger-picking guitar he started playing the Cittern.
He also composes a lot of music and his tunes are often inspired by swedish and norwegian traditional music, but also the celtic and american old-time/bluegrass music in which he has a great interest.
Thomas has been to several Ethno camps and has been touring with Ethno as well as being a leader at Ethno and teacher at other music camps. He is now freelancing and playing Cittern and Mandolin in different constellations.
The Hardanger fiddle is a traditional instrument from Norway. It is called the Hardanger Fiddle because the oldest known Hardanger Fiddle, made in 1651, was found in the area Hardanger. The instrument has beautiful decorations, traditional rose painting, mother-of-pearl inlays and often a lion’s head. The main characteristic of the Hardanger Fiddle is the sympathetic strings that makes the sound very special – it’s like an old version of a speaker that amplifies the sound. In comparison to a normal fiddle its bridge is flatter, making it possible to play on two or three strings simultaneously, allowing one to make chords and harmonies which is also very typical for Hardanger Fiddle music.
Guro is playing on:
Hardanger fiddle made by Leif Salve Håkedal, 2007
Hardanger d’Amore made by Leif Salve Håkedal, 2014
Fiddle from Germany made in 1784
The Cittern originates from the Irish bouzouki, which in turn originates from the Greek bouzouki. In the late sixties the Greek instrument of four courses (eight strings) was brought to Ireland and luthiers developed new designs – the essential modifications being a flat back and a widened body. The name Cittern is applied to instruments of five courses (ten strings), with an added lower bass course.
Thomas is playing on:
Cittern made by Mats Nordwall, 2013
Sandra Peevers, On Queue Performing Artists, New York
Per Gudmundson, Swedish fiddler