UPDATE: Saturday’s free line-up has been moved from Greene Square Park to CSPS because of forecasted rain.
Featuring the talents of young folk musicians from Finland and Norway, Frigg has developed a musical blend that some are calling Nordgrass, a combination Nordic folk and American bluegrass.
The seven-piece band contains three young Jarvelas, two sons and a daughter of the most famous fiddle family in Finland, whose fathers and uncles founded JPP, and two Larsen brothers, members of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle clan. The traditional sounds are supercharged with innovative arrangements, and combined with mandola, cittern, double bass, guitar, bagpipes and dobro.
With five successful albums and several nominations for the best folk music album of the year under their belt, Frigg balances traditional tunes with original innovations. All the musicians of the septet have studied in top-notch music universities like the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki or the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The folk music departments in these institutions encourage their students to compose, arrange and produce music that goes far beyond the conventional limits. Frigg has embraced this adventurous and open-minded attitude absorbing melodies and rhythms from various world music styles such as Americana, Celtic and Balkan, among others.