Anne Hytta hardanger fiddle
Sigrun Eng cello
Amund Sjølie Sveen vibraphone
SLAGR is a trio founded in 2003, which consists of Anne Hytta on hardanger fiddle, Amund Sjølie Sveen on vibraphone and cellist Sigrun Eng. The combination of these three instruments enables Slagr to create a variety of resonant, sonorous sounds, warm and shimmering, concise and yet poetic.
Eschewing obvious quotes or cliched references, the minimalist chamberfolk trio from Oslo blend the brittle, drily poetic string stirrings of Norwegian tradition with the nocturnal eroticism of Jazz, the rhythmical patterns of Steve Reich and the sparse canvases of Morton Feldman. Pieces evolve slowly and almost imperceptibly, as Percussionist Amund Sjølie Sveen places sustained Vibraphone-droplets and glassy harmonics on top of the closely intertwined melodic motives and austere chord progressions of Anne Hytta's Fiddle and Sigrun Eng's Cello. As part of a deep and trance-like process, the band carefully and slowly arrive at a resonant, sonorous continuum of sounds that is as concise as it is poetic.
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