Knut Aastad Bråten & Ole Aastad Bråten
Langeleik brothers from Valdres.
'Many of Grieg's folk tunes received a facelift just here – at Troldhaugen. We are looking forward to breathing new life into the old tunes, because in many ways they too belong here.'
These words were written by twin brothers Knut and Ole Aastad Bråten, who in recent times have been instrumental in reviving the langeleik tradition in Norway.
After receiving basic instruction from their grand-uncle Jørgen in their teens, the brothers entered on an immersive journey into the world of the langeleik, visiting living players, both male and female, and earthing out old recordings. With sisters Oddrun and Gunvor Hegge as their principal teachers, they became versatile representatives on the folk music scene. Altogether they have won the Landskappleik – the national folk dance and music competition – 12 times, and both brothers have won the king's trophy.
At this Bergen International Festival concert they carry further forward the strong narrative tradition of folk music, along with traditional langeleik material from Valdres in the categories: springar, klokkelåt, halling and waltz. All of this in Grieg's own parlour.
'Grieg's contribution to folk music has been underestimated by many. Even though he used the music as inspiration for his own compositions, his interest for folk music also resulted in increased attention and elevated the status of folk music and folk dancing,' the brothers write.
Photo: Ingvil Skeie Ljones