In 2013-14 I’ve been an exchange student on the master level with Frode Haltli at the Norwegian Academy of Music of Oslo. I interviewed him on the theme “New Scandinavian music for accordion” and we spoke on several issues regarding the Scandinavian culture and identity.
The interview is divided in seven parts: 1) Introduction to the Scandinavian culture and society, 2) From the contemporary to the traditional music and back, 3) Ellegaard and Nordheim, accordion meets Norway, 4) A personal experience, New Scandinavian music for accordion, 5) Maja S.K. Ratkje – Gagaku Variations, Ich bin ein Japaner!, 6) Bent Sørensen – Looking on Darkness, researching a new sound, 7) Atli Ingólfsson – Radioflakes, new virtuosism
We went in details as playing techniques in pieces by Sørensen and Ingólfsson, but we also spoke about the Scandinavian identity and how this is reflected in music from Scandinavia. I hope that the interview can be a resource for musicians who are studying any of these works, and for those interested in learning more about Scandinavian music in general.
List of topics
Part I: Introduction to the Scandinavian culture and society
Part II: From the contemporary to the traditional music and back
Part III: Ellegaard and Nordheim, accordion meets Norway
Part IV: A personal experience, New Scandinavian music for accordion
Part V: Maja S. K. Ratkje – ‘Gagaku Variations’, Ich bin ein Japaner!
Part VI: Bent Sørensen – ‘Looking on Darkness’, researching a new sound
Part VII: Atli Ingolfsson – ‘Radioflakes’, new virtuosism