What sort of music will evolve when you form a band consisting of a Norwegian trumpeter, a Finnish-Sami protest singer and a Russian-Buryat vocalist? Few people will be able to answer that question; the collaboration between these three musicians is as unique as it is unlikely. Ole Jørn Myklebust, a Norwegian composer and trumpet player who has been working with amongst others Mari Boine, was commissioned by the Riddu Riddu festival to compose modern arrangements to folk music from the Buryatia region, a Russian republic just North of Mongolia. The musical traditions of Buryatia include string instruments and throat singing. Myklebust has collaborated closely with Namgar Lkhasaranova, a female vocalist known for her performances in Russia since the 1980s. Singing and playing the string instrument known as yataga, Namgar possesses a terrific vocal control, and her ability to convey ambiences of longing creates a sound that could fill even the most desolate steppe landscapes.
As if this wasn’t enough, the group is completed by Niillas Holmberg, a young guitarist and poet from Lapland known to use a guitar and his beautiful voice to convey self-written poetry. Nordic Namgar was a great success at last year’s Riddu Riddu festival, and is guaranteed to fascinate the crowd at Oslo World as well.
Namgar Lhasaranova (vocals)
Niillas Holmberg (vocals)
Ole Jørn Myklebust (trumpet, xaphoon, vocals)
Fredrik Ellingsen (guitar, electronics)
Kjetil Dalland (bass)
Jakop Janssønn (drums, percussion)
Evgeny Zolotarev (chanza)
In cooparation with:
Riddu Riddu Festivalen