There is breadth and closeness in the soundscape and the making of the music, which creates a depth in the music. Melancholic and romantic melodies and arrangements that put emotions in waves, and playing skills that make the foot start to stomp. The traditional and modern mix makes Slåtter fra Gaupdalen a wonderful record.
A Magical Walk in the Lynx Valley
One of the things that is so much fun about festivals like the Smeltedigelen are the musical surprises you sometimes get when you experience new and unknown artists you have no relationship with, but who completely blow you away. This year it was an Estonian violinist named Johanna-Adele Jüssi who gave the undersigned that experience. /--/
From the stage, she tells about Gaupdalen, a beautiful place she found in a dream. In Gaupdalen she came home, where her musical wanderings found a resting place, and the result was some of the most incomparable new folk music the undersigned has heard.
"I wake up and don't remember why it was so special, but the warm feeling was there." We have no doubt about that, because she spreads the warm feeling to the audience with her music.
With her on stage, she had two outstanding musicians Bendik Lund Haanshus on guitars and electronics and Christo Stangness on double bass, and together the three appear as a particularly well-coordinated, playful and dynamic trio. /--/
Gaupdalen (The Lynx Valley)! Where should I start? I was born and raised in Estonia, and have lived in many different places: Germany, Shetland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland - and southern, central and northern Norway. I play music from many different traditions, and I like to compose myself. So I've had a little trouble finding myself as a folk musician. Especially because, I think, when living in Norway, it is most legitimate to play music from where you come from. But what about me, then?
Impressions of the Harvest Party
Folk music is repetitive music, and from this repetition, one can extract or achieve serenity, provocation, insight, inspiration, or true ponderous burdensome boredom. I appreciated Jüssi’s music because she knew when to begin and end her songs. Each one was a well-crafted knot, perfectly tied up. Justin Petrone 14th October 2021