Since 2000 Majorstuen has explored the Norwegian folk music heritage and presented output of their own stylistically strong compositions. Their energetic, pulsating, exploratory and humuoristic approach to music has won them a string of awards. Their urge to challenge them selves, the use of the string instruments, and how to present folk music on stage, has impressed and touched listeners of all ages throughout the world.
Majorstuen have set a new standard for ensemble folk music in Norway. They have toured extensively throughout the world, including performances at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, La Grande Rencontre in Montreal, TFF Rudolstadt, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Theatre de Abysses and Théatre de la Ville in Paris, one of world music’s most prestigious stages. Majorstuen was the first Norwegian ensemble to be selected as an official showcase act at WOMEX in 2007.
The ensemble was born in 2000, when several of the members attended Oslo’s State Academy of Music. The traditional fiddle playing and the stylistic traits and esthetics of folk music is the foundation of the ensemble’s form of expression, still Majorstuen are influenced by stylistic elements from other genres. Fiddles are the main instruments, but the sonic palette is also complemented with several string instruments such as octave fiddles, viola and cello. The entire repertoire is arranged by a joint ensemble, which has helped to shape the distinctive character and unique sound of the ensemble. In the later, Majorstuen are writing their own music.
Jorun Marie Kvernberg - fiddle Bjørn Kåre Odde - fiddle and viola Synnøve S. Bjørset - fiddle Anders Löfberg - fiddle and cello Tove Hagen - fiddle and cello