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Majorstuen at Ollin Kan Festival in Mexico City
Majorstuen has been invited to play at the renowned festival Ollin Kan in the metropolis of Mexico City, and will do three concerts between the 23th and the 26th of April. The Ollin Kan festival has established a high-status standing in the world of folk music, and receives great reviews every year. It is one of the biggest music festivals in Latin America housing just about two million festival devotees.
With five fiddles Majorstuen has succeeded creating a unique sound, mixing traditional, contemporary and innovative musical expressions. All based on traditional Norwegian folk music and Majorstuen's own compositions. The beat is the bond of Majorstuen, and the band presents music of a certain purity with an irresistible groove. In other words - tempting music!
The group is comprised of Jorun Marie Kvernberg (fiddle), Synnøve S. Bjørset (fiddle and viola), Tove Dalbakk (fiddle and cello), Andreas Ljones (fiddle and viola) and Gjermund Larsen (fiddle and cello). The members of the group met while studying at the Norwegian Academy of Music, and gave their debut performance at the National Contest for Traditional Music in 2002, where they won first prize in the open category. Majorstuen is one of the few Norwegian folk music bands that is entirely self-produced. Their music is acoustic, perfectionist and self-assured. The group’s own record company, Majorstuen Fiddlers Company, has released two of their CDs. Their musical point of departure is traditional music from the home districts of the members of the group. They have also composed their own music for their two most recent releases. The group has been given an enthusiastic reception by both audiences and reviewers, and Majorstuen is currently one of the most important folk music bands in Norway. Their debut recording, Majorstuen, won the Spellemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy) in 2003, and their second release, Jorun Jogga, was nominated for the Norwegian Folk Music Award in 2005. Their third recording, Juledrøm, was released in 2006, and was nominated for a Spellemannsprisen that year. Majorstuen won the Norwegian Concert Institute’s competition for launching new talent, INTRO-Folk, in 2005, where they were named folk musicians of the year.