Benedicte Maurseth: Hardanger fiddle, voice
Åsne Valland Nordli: voice
Over Tones is the highly attractive ECM debut of two exceptional folk musicians from the West of Norway – Benedicte Maurseth who plays the Hardanger fiddle and sings and vocalist Åsne Valland Nordli. Both musicians are well established in their homeland. Maurseth studied with Hardanger fiddle master Knut Hamre, and came to wider attention in 2007 as Norway’s Young Folk Musician of the Year. Nordli has collaborated with musicians ranging from the Bergen Philharmonic to jazz improvisers. Individually and together, Maurseth and Nordli have found personal ways to extend the essence of a great tradition – through historically-informed interpretation of old music and also through their own pieces. The purity of the delivery, of old music and new music alike, makes this a timeless performance.