– The first quality I discovered in hardanger fiddle music, was the sound. Sound as in the timbre of this particular instrument, the hardanger fiddle sound. I experience it as a light, crisp kind of scrapy sound, and yet it has this glass clear, slightly transparent, surface. I love that sound.
Synnøve S. Bjørset
Some music you don’t relate to, some music gradually pulls you in. The music of Norwegian hardanger fiddler Synnøve S. Bjørset does neither. Her warm and piercing sound is, from the moment she lifts the bow to the dust of the raison forms a vailed rain of flour in the room, without any compromise. Her target is a vibrating energy, which is really hitting you in her powerful interpretations of playful, groovy tunes with AC/DC as ideals alongside her old fiddler hero Sigurd Eldegard. And yet it is the still melancholy of the introvert, mysterious listening tunes that really shine. She respects their secret as she unfolds these curly linear tunes, leaving you in awe of their silent flood and quiet ecstacy.
As a listener to Synnøve’s music you are immediately a part of the experience of a tune evolving in the room with a distinct presence like the dramatic mountains of her home valley Jølster rising steeply up from the fjords, or the overwhelming, calm panorama view from the top of the same mountains with still landscape that just offer their quality of being, without the search of being anything else.
A meeting with Synnøve’s music leaves you knowing that time for a small second disappeared from your mind.
“I seek the sensation of discovering greatness in small things, and strength in simplicity—the kind of world that opens up when you draw long lines across smaller ones, adjusting, embellishing and reassembling. The tunes are there, ready to be examined and presented in the musical here-and-now”