Hardanger Fiddle and Drum Informance

“Travel” through sound to the 1800s to hear the peasant weddings of Hardanger, Norway, with master musicians and historians Håkon Høgemo and Kjell Tore Innervik! This entertaining free informance by scholar-performers from the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, will be on August 11 from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the museum’s Bethania Church on Mill Street.

Over the last year, Høgemo and Innervik have been exploring the traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle and drum music that might have been played during the 1850s as shown in the iconic paintings of Norwegians Tidemand and Gude. They have been especially interested in drumming, “slåttertromming,” because the tradition of drumming together with the Hardanger fiddle for dances and rituals has been lost.

Now they are visiting from Norway to present their findings—both the history and music. During the informance, they will share tunes that might have been played, how they might have sounded, and possible ways to play the drum in this style of music.

Høgemo, from Aurdal in Sogn, has learned the traditional tunes directly from the original source of four generations of Hardanger fiddlers. He has won Spelemannspris (the Norwegian Grammy) for his traditional playing.

Innervik has attracted attention both in Norway and abroad as an individual percussion artist who is not afraid to explore new music and new ways of communicating through music. He has won several competitions, and was selected to take part in the Norwegian Concert Institute’s prestigious young artists’ programme, INTRO Classical, from 2004 to 2007.