| ||Rune Klakegg / Jan Olav RenvÃ¥g Duo|
Rune Klakegg - piano Jan Olav Renvåg -double bass Rune says about the album: "This recording consists of Norwegian folk tunes, arranged and performed by Jan Olav and myself. The material is gathered from written sources as well as from various musical collaborations with folk musicians throughout the years. For the first time I am stepping out of the accompanist´s shadow to do my own version of this music. One of the songs on the album «Det er nå så lystig i vennenes lag» («How merry it is in company of good friends») was sung by my grandfather to a well known folk music collector in the early 1900`s. It is my only claim to folk music heritage. The tune is very sad, in extreme contrast to its joyful title! This album owes its existence partly to the famous recording «Jazz på svenska» by Jan Johansson and Georg Riedel. Last year, Jan Olav and I were asked to play a concert of their arrangements of Swedish folk songs, and we did so, but included some Norwegian folk tunes as well. And we enjoyed this so much that we decided to do an album entirely of Norwegian repertoire. And here it is! The piano is no folk instrument, and when a pianist ventures into the dangerous and mystical world of folk music, he is likely to run into problems. Even the great Edvard Grieg hesitated for a long time before writing his «Slåtter», based on Norwegian hardanger fiddle tunes. The piano is well tempered, og conditioned for a life in the urban sphere. So the issue of authenticity must be forgotten. On the other hand, using the melodic and rhythmic material, playing with it, harmonizing it according to the nature of the instrument, is something quite different and can be a lot of fun! And with the warm and flexible sound of the double bass in addition, the result can be quite rewarding."