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Trio Mediæval består av sangerne Anna Maria Friman Henriksen, Linn Andrea Fuglseth og Jorunn Lovise Husan. Trioen har utviklet et repertoar med tre ulike retninger: flerstemmig middelaldermusikk fra England og Frankrike, samtidsmusikk og norske folketoner og middelalderballader.

Foto: Ingvil Skeive Ljones.

Siden starten har Trio Mediæval utgitt flere album på det tyske plateselskapet ECM Records: Words of the Angel (2001), Soir, dit-elle (2004), Stella Maris (2005) og Folk Songs (okt. 2007). Disse innspillingene har alle ligget på den amerikanske Billboard Top 10 Bestsellers List – og sistnevnte ble i tillegg Grammy-nominert. A Worcester Ladymass (ECM, 2011) fikk den tyske German Record Critic's Award og har bla a fått glitrende anmeldelser i England. På sin sjette ECM New Series utgivelse Aquilonis, oppkalt etter nordavinden, tilbyr Trio Mediaeval  en samling av polyfoni fra middelalderen og til det mer moderne i vår egen tid. I mars 2017 kom platen Rímur. Her samarbeider trioen med Arve Henriksen.

Trio Mediæval har gitt konserter og radio- og TV-opptredener over hele Europa, USA og Canada, og holdt sin første konsert i Asia under Hong Kong Arts Festival i februar 2008.  Ensemblet har samarbeidet med musikere som Arve Henriksen, Jan Bang, Trygve Seim, Frode Haltli, Birger Mistereggen, Bang-on-a-Can (New York), Tord Gustavsen Trio og samtidsmusikkensemblet musikFabrik fra Köln. Trio Mediæval i februar 2018-utgave består av Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Anna Maria Friman, Jorunn Lovise Husan. Sistnevnte sanger er ny på laget i 2018.

The mesmerizing voices of Oslo's Trio Mediaeval have captivated the concert world with their breathtaking performances and recordings of a diverse polyphonic repertoire that features medieval music from England and France, contemporary works written for the ensemble, and traditional Norwegian ballads and songs.

 

Ny plate Rímur mars 2017:

 

Over several summers Trio Mediaeval and trumpeter Arve Henriksen spent many days together by the beautiful Dalsfjorden on the Norwegian west coast, and it was there that most of the music for this recording was born. Fascinated and inspired by Icelandic sagas, beautiful chants, folk songs, religious hymns and fiddle tunes, the quartet have arranged a unique set of songs where improvisation, mediaeval and traditional music from Iceland, Norway and Sweden meet the present. Henriksen has often performed with Trio Mediaeval in live settings – and the singers and trumpeter appear on Sinikka Langeland’s recent record The Magical Forest – but Rímur is their first extensive collaboration on disc. It was recorded in February 2016 at Munich’s Himmelfahrtskirche, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

 

 

Anna Maria Friman Henriksen
Linn Andrea Fuglseth
Jorunn Lovise Husan

Arve Henriksen

Sinikka Langeland´s new recording "The Magical Forest" ECM Records,
featuring:
Sinikka Langeland
Arve Henriksen
Trygve Seim
Anders Jormin
Markku Ounaskari
Trio Mediaeval
 

 

 

Discography:

 
TRIO MEDIVÆL & ARVE HENRIKSEN -  RÍMUR

According to tradition Norwegian Ingólfr Arnarson was the first Nordic settler in Iceland, founding Reykjavík in 874. In the 20th century a statue of Arnarson was raised in Reykjavík and a copy put up in Rivedal, his home village on the Norwegian west coast. The two statues, facing towards each other across the sea, provided a conceptual starting point for Rímur, Trio Mediaeval’s seventh ECM recording. What music did Arnarson hear in Rivedal? What songs did the Vikings bring with them to Iceland, and what music was new to their ears? These are among the questions pondered here.

Joined by trumpeter Arve Henriksen, Trio Mediaeval presents a unique programme in which mediaeval and traditional music from Iceland and Norway and improvisation are integrated. Henriksen has often performed with the Trio Mediaeval in live settings – and the singers and trumpeter appear on Sinikka Langeland’s recently issued The Magical Forest – but Rímur is their first extensive collaboration on disc. It was recorded in February 2016 at Munich’s Himmelfahrtskirche, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

 

TRIO MEDIVÆL -  AQUILONIS

På sin sjette ECM New Series utgivelse Aquilonis, oppkalt etter nordavinden, tilbyr Trio Mediaeval  en samling av polyfoni fra middelalderen og til det mer moderne i vår egen tid. Man kan ane en referanse til sangernes nordiske røtter og repertoaret fører oss fra Island til Italia, fra nord til sør som nordavinden selv. Trioen er innom italienske sanger fra 1200-tallet, engelske carols fra det 16. århundre og tidløse skandinaviske folketoner. Fra vår tid får vi nye stykker av svenske Anders Jormin, amerikanske William Brooks og engelske Andrew Smith.

It’s tempting to see the idea of Aquilonis as a metaphor – the fresh north wind driving the creative vocal endeavours of three Scandinavian women southwards to Europe and the Americas – and the music in tonight’s concert can indeed be seen as a journey from the cool north to the warm south. But it also represents a snapshot of the trio’s own musical journey through time, an adventure which began with singing the medieval polyphony with which they developed their unique sound world; it was from here that they would explore that mysterious nexus where the medieval meets the present. The genesis of the trio dates from Linn Andrea Fuglseth’s revelatory encounter while a student at the Guildhall School Music with Alleluia a Newe Work, one of three English medieval carols performed tonight  -  that single piece, with its exotic mixture of modal surprises and spectacular virtuosity, was where it all began. Aquilonis ripples through the music for St Thorlak, who died on December 23rd 1193 after a life of miraculous adventure and devotion reminiscent of that of his English near-contemporary St Godric. We will never know what this music originally sounded like, and the trio’s solution to the problem is typical of their creative engagement with the early music movement. Spontaneous polyphony and discreet instrumental support bring the music to life while keeping the spirit of the original.

We also know very little about the beginnings of the medieval carol. The three examples here are typical of the genre which, like most medieval music, was essentially a male domain. Sung by women’s voices, the music gains a clarity and brilliancy that would surely have been missing from the originals. That same transparency informs the three carols by Andrew Smith, the English composer who has adopted Oslo as his home and with whom the trio have a long association. Smith’s pieces display echoes of Grieg and James MacMillan but are aesthetically rooted in the medieval world of chant and modality which originally inspired the trio.

Trio mediaeval has collaborated with countless composers on both sides of the Atlantic, and a substantial repertoire has coalesced around the ensemble’s remarkable ability to create crystal-clear textures. The pieces by William Brooks and Anders Jormin vividly illustrate this:  Vale Vale, a song of farewell, is the last of Six Mediaeval Lyrics Brooks wrote for them 2006. The poems are taken from Peter Dronke's landmark study of Medieval Latin and the Rise of the European Love-Lyric (Oxford University Press, 1966), with its extraordinary range of texts, many by women. Jormin’s Ama is based on a two thousand year old love poem by Virgil, and is one of three pieces composed for the trio inspired by their ability to create a synthesis of sound and atmosphere.
Although Vale Vale, appropriately, is the final piece in the programme, the Trio’s musical  journey ends really in Italy, with Laude from the famous Cortona manuscript. The trio have mined this source in some depth over the years, and the versions we hear in this programme have evolved quite a way from the austere simplicity of the songs heard on their first album.  The harmonic implications of the melodies are worked up into polyphonic arrangements by the trio members and it will come as no surprise to hear Norwegian folk tunes weaving in and out of the texture, history and geography blending seamlessly in that timeless trio mediaeval sound world.  John Potter

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Trio Mediaeval – three Scandinavian women whose singing produces "a sound of extraordinary and consoling beauty,” says the Boston Globe – offer a collection of polyphony from the medieval to the modern titled after the North Wind with their sixth ECM New Series release, Aquilonis. One can sense a reference in the title to the Nordic roots of the singers, as well as the bracing purity of their voices; moreover, the album’s repertoire travels from Iceland to Italy, from north to south like the Aquilonis wind. In creatively realizing Icelandic chant from the Middle Ages, Trio Mediaeval accompany their vocals with discreetly textural instrumentation. The group also arranged 12th-century Italian sacred pieces and sings 15th-century English carols, with timeless folk melodies in the air, too. From our contemporary age come works by the Swede Anders Jormin, American William Brooks and Englishman Andrew Smith. In his liner notes to Aquilonis, John Potter – former Hilliard Ensemble tenor and longtime Trio Mediaeval mentor – aptly describes the group’s ability to "create a synthesis of sound and atmosphere… history and geography blending seamlessly.

 

TRIO MEDIÆVAL - A WORCESTER LADYMASS

TRIO MEDIÆVAL - FOLK SONGS

On their fifth ECM New Series album, Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Torunn Østrem Ossum present a reconstruction of a 13th century votive Mass to the Virgin Mary, based on manuscripts and fragments originating in an English Benedictine Abbey. As Nicky Losseff, the trio’s medieval music editor, explains in the liner notes, “complex polyphonic music was important to the monks who lived at the Abbey of St Mary's, Worcester. Polyphony gave life to the otherwise ‘plain’ song of the liturgy. At Worcester, an unusual number of single leaves and fragments have survived. Through them, we have been left more than 100 songs, in many different musical styles: polyphony to adorn the movements of the Mass; the freely-composed, intricately-interweaving voices of motets; the stricter, declamatory tones of the conductus. All in all, it testifies to a thriving musical community. A Worcester Ladymass, is selected as one of the Quarterly Best of New Releases for the Third Quarter 2011 by the German Record Critic's Award (Preis der Deutchen Schallplattenkritik). The album is listed as one of the best new releases in the "Alte Musik" category. Go to top right of page and listen to two tracks from the album.

-An absolute delight that has been worth the wait.
It has taken the enterprising women of Trio Mediaeval a while to produce a medieval sacred music follow-up to their 2005 hit Stella Maris, but it has been well worth the wait. A Worcester Ladymass is a glorious experience.

Full BBC review HERE

 

TRIO MEDIÆVAL - FOLK SONGS

After three very-well received recordings - Words of the Angel, Soir, dit-elle and Stella Maris - combining medieval sacred music and contemporary composition, Trio Mediaeval's newest project is a departure for the trio. Here the singers investigate their Scandinavian roots with a powerful and compelling account of Norwegian folk songs. On several selections they are joined by percussionist Birger Mistereggen, a specialist in the rare Norwegian folk-drum tradition. Though exploring new ground, the trio continues to display their universal appeal that communicates to an incredibly diverse audience.

Stella Maris juxtaposes and seamlessly blends the old and the new. Chants from the 13th century, most of them from English and French Conductus traditions, are complemented by a new sacred composition commissioned by the Trio. Prior to her Missa Lumen de Lumine, Korean-born Sungji Hong had already written several pieces for Anna Maria Friman, whom she had met while studying at York University. Hong's Missa is a contemporary and explorative setting of the Mass Ordinary which displays a keen awareness of the Trio's distinctive vocal style. "We encountered quite a few rhythmic challenges at first," Anna Maria Friman recalls, "but we felt at once that this piece is really written for our voices."

Trio Mediaeval made a powerful impact in 2001 with their debut album Words of the Angel, their highly distinctive "Scandinavian" vocal sound bringing something fresh to the performance of sacred music. Soir, dit-elle, with equal persuasiveness, reverses the ratio of old to new music... The uniqueness of their vocal blend has encouraged composers Gavin Bryars, Ivan Moody, Andrew Smith and Oleh Harkavyy to write new music for the three women singers. Contemporary works are here interwoven with the Alma redemtoris mass of Leonel Power, the great English composer and theorist who ranks alongside Dunstable as one of the defining forces of 15th century sacred music.

Debut from the female trio from Norway singing music from the Messe de Tournai, plus motets and songs, as well as a collection of Laude, and the contemporary piece by Ivan Moody that gives the album its title. Formed in Oslo in 1997, the Trio Mediaeval studied intensively with the Hilliard Ensemble and shares the English group's sense of adventurousness and equal interest in early and new music. This recording was produced by Hilliard singer John Potter.

 

Trio Mediaeval Bio:

The vocal ensemble Trio Mediaeval was founded by Linn Andrea Fuglseth in Oslo in 1997. For sixteen years, the three original members Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Torunn Østrem Ossum constituted the trio. In December 2013, Torunn left the group. Linn Andrea and Anna Maria are now joined by Berit Opheim, who has been singing with the ensemble regularly since 2010. In 2017 Berit left the group to focus on her own projects.

The trio's core repertoire features sacred monophonic and polyphonic medieval music from England, Italy and France, contemporary works written for the ensemble, as well as traditional Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic ballads and songs, mostly arranged by the group members. During the last eight years, the trio has developed exciting collaborations with both individual musicians as well as larger ensembles/orchestras.

Trio Mediæval's first CD on ECM Records, Words of the Angel, immediately reached Billboard's Top 10 Bestseller list and was made the Stereophile "Recording of the Month" in April 2002. Further releases on ECM followed in 2004 withSoir, dit-elle and in 2005 with Stella Maris. The first three recordings, produced by John Potter, consisted of medieval and contemporary works. In 2006, the trio started a long-term collaboration with the Norwegian percussionist Birger Mistereggen, and the long awaited recording of Norwegian ballads and songs, Folk Songs, was produced by Manfred Eicher and released in the Autumn of 2007. Folk Songs was nominated for the Norwegian Spellemannprisen and for a US Grammy Award for "Best Chamber Music Performance" the following year. Their latest recording, A Worcester Ladymass (2011), like the previous releases, hit the Billboard's Top 10 list, and was selected by the German Record Critic's Award as one of the best new releases in the "Early Music" category.

Trio Mediæval has performed throughout Europe in a variety of venues: churches, cathedrals, monasteries, farms, clubs, industrial spaces, museums as well as prestigious halls such as Oslo Concert Hall, Bozar in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London's Wigmore Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus. The group made its US debut in 2003. Since that first appearance, the trio has embarked on multiple North American tours, performing in 31 states, in cities across the continent. Highlights include concerts in New York's Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the Kennedy Center, engagements at San Francisco Performances and Spivey Hall, and broadcasts on American Public Media's Saint Paul Sunday and Performance Today. In Asia, the trio has performed in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

The trio has collaborated with a multitude of contemporary composers, including Anna Clyne, Gavin Bryars, William Brooks, Ivan Moody, Sungji Hong, Oleh Harkavyy, Bjørn Kruse, Trygve Seim and Andrew Smith. As a result of a cooperation in 2005 with the New York based composer trio Bang on a Can consisting of Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and David Lang, and the musikFabrik Cologne, the trio premiered Shelter, the group's biggest multi-media contemporary music project to date. Shelter premiered in Cologne, Germany, and it was fully staged the same year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Julia Wolfe was so fascinated by the trio's voices that she wrote a piece for them entitled Steel Hammer. Together with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the trio premiered Steel Hammer in New York's Carnegie Hall in November 2009, and recorded it in 2011. In May 2013, the Steel Hammer was performed in Europe in Bruges, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, and at the Barbican Centre/LSO in London. The Bang on a Can collaboration also resulted in the full orchestral pieceReason to believe by David Lang, that the Trio Mediæval and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra premiered in Oslo in October 2011.

The season of 06/07 was a seminal period for the trio, with the inception of a number of new collaborative projects with Norwegian jazz/improvisation musicians, and the inspiration and creativity that these musicians brought to the music and to the group marked a significant artistic shift for the singers. These included projects with Trygve Seim and Frode Haltli, and the Tord Gustavsen Trio where Gustavsen composed "musical miniatures" with lyrics by the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273); the trio also began an ongoing collaboration with Arve Henriksen, often incorporating guest artists such as Ståle Storløkken, Jan Bang and Terje Isungset. This unique constellation has given concerts and radio broadcasts at the Bergen Festival (where the Trio were Artists in Residence in 2007), the Molde Jazz Festival (where Arve Henriksen was Artist in Residence in 2009), Wigmore Hall (2011) and the West Cork Music Festival as well as performances in Norway, Holland, Italy and Germany. In May 2012, the quartet toured the UK with seven concerts.

In 2013, the trio performed new projects and programmes with artists such as the video designer Lillevan, Sinikka Langeland Ensemble and the Kristiansund Sinfonietta.

Anna Maria Friman Henriksen from Göteborg, Sweden, studied singing at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo and further with Linda Hirst and Barbara Bonney at Trinity College of Music in London. In 2010 Anna completed a PhD at the University of York, UK, where she was researching the modern performance of medieval music by women. From 2001-2007 she taught singing and coached vocal ensembles at the University of York. Anna has given workshops and seminars in Europe and USA, and has been a jury member at the vocal ensemble competition at the Tampere International Choral Festival, Finland, since 2001. For 13 years she has been a member of Gavin Bryars Ensemble. Bryars has composed music especially for her voice and together they have given concerts and radio broadcasts in Europe, Canada and Mexico. The 14/15 season will bring the group to Australia and the US. Her solo engagement include performances and recordings with Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang, John Potter and Jacob Heringman, Rolf Lislevand Ensemble, Opera North, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Latvian Radio Choir, Ricercar Consort, Collegium Vocale Gent, Hille Perl and Lee Santana. Anna also plays the violin and hardingfele and arranges Nordic folk songs for the Trio Mediaeval.

Linn Andrea Fuglseth was born in Sandefjord, Norway in 1969.
She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London 1994-1995, receiving a diploma in Advanced Solo Studies in Early Music. She completed her Masters Degree in vocal performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music in 1997, specializing in baroque interpretation and writing a dissertation on the Restoration Mad Songs. In October 1997 she founded Trio Mediæval.
Linn Andrea’s solo engagements include performances with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra, Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Kvarts and Rolf Lislevand. She is a member of the folk music ensemble Østfolk, touring with school concerts in Norway. In 2007 Linn Andrea was awarded a Government Grant for Artists for a period of three years. In addition to singing, she started and still conducts Bolteløkka Jentekor, a school choir for girls aged 5-13, in Oslo in 2004.Linn Andrea writes vocal arrangements of folk songs, being published by Musikk-Husets Forlag AS. Linn Andrea is invited to lead a work shop in medieval music at this years’ Europa Cantat Junior in Bergen.

Jorunn Lovise Husan is a mezzo soprano and vocal teacher from Rennebu, based in Stavanger. She has a master's degree from the Norwegian Music School with Svein Bjørkøy, Randi Stene, Håkan Hagegård and Berit Opheim Versto as teachers. Jorunn Lovise mainly performs church music, and has been soloist on compositions of the most important church musical works. During her studies she has been immersed in folk-based interpretation of Norwegian composite music. She has been touring as a soloist with BIT 20, performed Markus Paus opera "Witches", and worked with conductors like Grete Pedersen, Andrew Manze and Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch. Jorunn Lovise also has broad experience as an ensemble singer and sings in the Norwegian Soloist choir. She has previously been a member of the critically acclaimed vocal vocabulary Pust. Husan is a member of the Stavanger cathedral singers and has been conductor of the cathedral's choir choir since 2012.

Jorunn Lovise Husan er en mezzo-sopran og sangpedagog fra Rennebu, basert i Stavanger. Hun har utøvende mastergrad fra Norges Musikkhøgskole med Svein Bjørkøy, Randi Stene, Håkan Hagegård og Berit Opheim Versto som lærere. Jorunn Lovise gjør i hovedsak kirkemusikk, og har vært solist på oppsetninger av de mest sentrale kirkemusikalske verkene. I løpet av sin studietid har hun fordypet seg i folkemusikalsk interpretasjon av norskkomponert musikk. Hun har turnert som solist med BIT 20, urfremført Markus Paus opera “Heksene”, og jobbet med dirigenter som Grete Pedersen, Andrew Manze og Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch. Jorunn Lovise har også bred erfraing som ensemblesanger, og synger fast i Det norske Solistkor. Hun har tidligere vært medlem i den kritikerroste vokalsekstetten Pust. Husan er medlem av Stavanger Katedralsangere og har siden 2012 vært dirigent for domkirkens pikekor.

 

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Nov
17
2018

Bodø, Norway

Bodø domkirke

Mar
11
2018

Porsgrunn, Norge

Ælvespeilet Kulturhus

Dec
14
2017

Oslo, Norway

Kalkmølla Kulturstasjon

Mar
10
2017

Bristol, England

St. Georges

Mar
9
2017

London, England

Kings Place

Mar
8
2017

Leeds, England

Howard Assembly Room

Jan
21
2017

Reykjavik, Island

Hallgrímskirkja

Oct
26
2015

Salzburg, Austria

Kollegienkirche

May
30
2014

Bergen, Norway

Bergen Domkirke

Feb
14
2014

Oslo, Norway

Riksscenen

Sep
20
2013

Kristiansund, Norway

Nordlandet Kirke

Sep
19
2013

Røbekk , Norway

Røbekk Kirke

Jun
16
2013

Øystese, Norway

Øystese Kirke

Mar
24
2013

Voss, Norway

Vossajazz

Mar
8
2013

Kristiansand, Norway

KILDEN Teater- og Konserthus for Sørlandet IKS

Feb
12
2013

Andenes, Norway

Nordlyskatedralen

Dec
18
2012

Oslo, Norway

Oslo Konserthus

Dec
17
2012

Oslo, Norway

Oslo Konserthus

Nov
2
2012

Porsgrunn, Norway

Vestre Porsgrunn Kirke

Oct
28
2012

Ludwigshafen, Germany

BASF Gellschaftshaus

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