Vesterheim is thrilled to host Danish musician Maja Kjær Jacobsen in a lively concert on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Bethania Church on Mill Street. The cost is $15, paid at the door, which opens at 7:00 p.m.
Jacobsen plays the violin and the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle and she sings. Her specialty is traditional music from her home region in central Jutland, where the songs have their own sound and are sung in both standard Danish and a local dialect. Jacobsen says it is part of a rich Danish musical tradition, which very few people know about. “Denmark’s traditional folk music sounds like nothing else, yet somehow familiar. It is happy-go-lucky with an underlying note of melancholy,” she said.
Jacobsen is an accomplished composer and arranger, and writes music for her own bands as well as for others. In concert, she switches between traditional fiddle tunes and her own compositions. “The music should not be treated as a museum piece, but as a contemporary variant of something that is almost forgotten and gone from people’s minds,” she said.
Jacobsen’s fiddle style is influenced greatly by the playing of her former fiddle tutor, Klaus Pindstrup, and her singing is influenced by the numerous recordings of singers made in the beginning of the twentieth century. She graduated with a master’s degree from The Academy of Music in Southern Denmark in 2012. She was nominated for a Danish Folk Music Award in 2016 for her work on the debut album of pan-Scandinavian fiddle trio, Fru Skagerrak.