Tour Availability  17-25 March 2020 (Avant Folk)
Booking  Kjell Kalleklev / +47 911 03 280 (e-post)
Frode Haltli Avant Folk is an all-star cast of Norwegian musicians spanning all ages, generations and genres, a elaboration of Frode Haltli’s work somewhere in the twilight zone between jazz, contemporary and folk music.

‘This is the beautiful world of Frode Haltli. It combines embellishment with devilry, alternating between the church and the forest.’ Arild R. Andersen,

The opening track of ëAvant Folkí is like a dream of what contemporary experimental folk-meets-jazz-meets-chamber-music might be. Composed by Frode Haltli, ëHugí begins with a galumphing off-centre rhythm that could be an accompaniment to elephants waltzing before the wheezing bellows-breath of Haltliís accordion creates delightfully airy whispers of noise that drift across the other instruments like wisps of cloud across the sky.
Line up:
Frode Haltli – accordion
Erlend Apneseth – Hardanger fiddles
Hans P. Kjorstad – violin
Rolf-Erik Nystrøm – saxophones
Hildegunn Øiseth – trumpet, goat horn and vocals
Ståle Storløkken – harmonium and synthesizers
Juhani Silvola – guitars and electronics
Oddrun Lilja Jonsdottir – guitar and vocals
Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson – double bass
Siv Øyunn Kjenstad – drums and vocals
Then we get the entry of the theme, a compulsive Nordic ear-worm folk melody led by Hardanger fiddle and violin thatís half woozy sea-shanty and half universal pan-African groove, backed up by shuffle-beat drumming like Ed Blackwell with Ornette Coleman. As if that wasnít enough for one tune already, the music continues to evolve, with a beautifully poised improvised solo on trumpet by Hildegunn ÿiseth that sounds so perfect it should really win some kind of award on its own.

The groove slows down, the elephant waltz returns to form a satisfyingly symmetrical conclusion and the music gradually resolves into silence, bringing to an end what has been seven and a half minutes of continuous invention. Itís quite a performance, and quite a band, the dectet of expert players covering enough instruments between them to simulate the tonal breadth of a full orchestra while retaining the humble, home-made aesthetic of a traditional folk ensemble, matching compositional sophistication and individual virtuosity with collective empathy and hard-won grace.