The bordeless trio 1982 present the unique combination of harmonium, Hardanger fiddle and drums. The instruments are played respectively by Sigbjørn Apeland, Nils Økland and Øyvind Skarbø. Apeland also plays church organ and, as the only person in Norway, he has a PhD in ethnomusicology. Apeland operates in the cross section between folk music, church music and improvised music. He has collaborated with musicians within a wide array of genres, including with Økland on the critically acclaimed ECM-record inspired by legendary fiddle player Ole Bull.
Økland is internationally known for his innovative style of playing and has released several solo albums on acclaimed labels such as ECM and Rune Grammofon. Skarbø has studied with Terje Isungset and travelled to Nigeria and Cuba to study rhythm patterns, and he works in several other constellations. The record Pintura by 1982 and BJ Cole, released on Hubro, received acclaim in a large variety of publications after its release late 2011.