Founded in 2003, Minimalist chamber-folk trio Slagr consists of Anne Hytta on hardanger fiddle, Amund Sjølie Sveen on vibraphone and cellist Sigrun Eng. The combination of these three instruments enables Slagr to create a coherent and varied array of resonant and sonorous timbres that are warm, shimmering, concise and utterly poetic.
Eschewing obvious quotes or clichéd references, the minimalist chamber folk trio blends the brittle, drily poetic string stirrings of Norwegian tradition with the nocturnal eroticism of Jazz, the rhythmical patterns of Steve Reich and the sparse canvases of Morton Feldman. Pieces evolve slowly and almost imperceptibly, as Percussionist Amund Sjølie Sveen places sustained Vibraphone-droplets and glassy harmonics on top of the closely intertwined melodic motives and austere chord progressions of Anne Hytta’s fiddle and Sigrun Eng’s Cello. As part of a deep and trance-like process, the band carefully and slowly arrives at a resonant, sonorous continuum of sounds that is as concise as it is poetic.
The trio has managed to trail its scope inwards, focusing on music’s long introspective lines while maintaining a keen sense for minute details in the sparse arrangements. Slagr’s members have varied musical backgrounds, ranging from traditional folk music training to conservatory-level studies of contemporary classical.
Slagr’s latest outing is ‘Songs by Geirr Tveitt’ which sees the trio exploring the music by Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt (1908-1981) with singer Camilla Granlien. The album is released via German label Ozella throughout Europe