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Traditionally, the Norwegian instrumental traditional music (folk music) has originated from the music being passed on orally from one musician to another. In the same way, music has been taught from musician to musician, from generation to generation. What has often characterized this transfer of knowledge is that it occurs through a series of gestures, hints and metaphors that are not directly stated, but it is "tacit".

In this project, the artists involved will go deeper into this knowledge transfer and try to put it into words. The goal is to find a language and vocabulary that can describe the craftsman skills of the folk musician, and how it is transferred from musician to musician or from musician to dancer and vice versa. What are the nature of musical craft knowledge? What words and expressions can be used on the little gestures and hints communicated between the musicians? How can we describe the "magic moments" that arise in the performance situation? These are questions that the project wants to explore.

The project is led by Kjell Tore Innervik (percussion). Other participants are the folk musicians Unni Løvlid (song) and Håkon Høgemo (harding fiddle). The group also consists of folk dancer Silje Onstad Hålien, folk musician and early musician Claire Salaman and interaction designer Maziar Raein. The project is a collaboration with KHiO, the Royal College of Music and cultural schools in Sogn og Fjordane county and Lærdal municipality.

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Published: Mar 19, 2020 — Last updated: Feb 1, 2024