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Nils Økland (Hardanger fiddle/violin/viola d’amore) is a renowned master of Norway’s national instrument the Hardanger fiddle. However, his musical outlook is far wider than just traditional music and his contributions diverse.

Both as an instrumentalist and as a composer he interlaces elements of classical and contemporary music as well as jazz with traditional Norwegian expressions, finding common traits and not least common expressive mindsets across genres and time periods. Nils Økland has released several solo albums on the labels ECM and Rune Grammofon, all of them critically acclaimed. He has played with several big orchestras, written music for London Sinfonietta, films, ballet and theatre. He has featured on albums with Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Åsne Valland Norli and Bjørnar Andreas. Nils Økland Band´s recording “Kjølvatn” (ECM, 2015) was awarded jazz album by the year by Aftenposten, nominated to the Norwegian Grammies and won a Folkelarm award. Their album “Lysning”(Hubro, 2017) won the Norwegian Grammies.

2021: Glødetrådar


”Glødetrådar”, the commissioned work for Vossajazz 2016, is a sort of ”back to the roots” for Nils Økland. The area of Voss has been an important part of his musical development, in the 80´s as a student and later as the musical leader at Ole Bull Akademiet (1989-95). His time at the academy gave him important impulses that inspired his characteristic, personal style: the mix between jazz, free improvisation, contemporary music and folk music. More.The NILS ØKLAND BAND is formed of musicians that each on their own has collaborated with Økland over a long time.

There have been numerous notable commissions at Vossa Jazz since the very first in 1983, but it’s hard to imagine there have been many quite as compelling as Nils Økland’s “Glødetrådar.” – Ian Patterson, All about Jazz


LUMEN DRONES is a fascinating and powerful collaboration between Hardanger fiddle master Nils Økland and Per Steinar Lie and Ørjan Haaland, respectively guitarist and drummer with Norwegian ‘post-rock’ group The Low Frequency In Stereo.

The participants describe their project as a psychedelic drone band, but its stylistic reach is broad and evocative and will trigger many musical associations. Specific influences include the Doors, Sonic Youth, Durutti Column and “the jazz of the Dave Pike set”, but the Lumen Drones also rove through modal, ambient, multi-folk, minimal and noise zones, making exciting music all the way.


Torbjørn, Henrik and Nils have for many years played together in private contexts and family gatherings. Now they want to play concerts together and have recently been checking out different ideas and instrument combinations. In this project, they improvise music that is inspired by various genres they have played over the years,
everything from nice sounds and drones to spontaneous pop songs and music with more rhythmic drive. In addition, they also perform new versions of each other’s songs and some folk music-inspired stuff.

Henrik Økland – vocals, piano, saxophone, string instruments,
Torbjørn Økland– trumpet, vocals, string instruments
Nils Økland – violins and Harding fiddles


Sigbjørn Apeland and Nils have played concerts on Lysøen for several years. They are particularly interested in Ole Bull’s relationship with folk music and improvisation.The program contains compositions by Ole Bull, folk music, as well as improvisations on themes Ole Bull used during his own concerts. Their album, Lysøen – Hommage à Ole Bull, was released on ECM. Apeland has had an extensive concert activity internationally and has played pump organ/piano on around 100 records in genres such as church music, folk, and improvisation. The program will be presented orally during the concert.

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