Four concerts in five days and I’m feeling pretty good. I’ll delve more into the Congolese and Malian music in the coming days.
Frigg, a Finnish-Norwegian fiddle band, played Thursday at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. The opening act the Orange Mighty Trio was the perfect complement to Frigg…they were all over the place musically and I think TC Cheap Concerts captured it perfectly in describing OMT’s violinist, Zach Kline’s playing style as:
“…he showed a sure and steady hand while bowing slow, empathic pieces across your heart, but it was the lightning-fast, dragonfly-nimble notes that buzzed and crackled past your ears that really caught my attention and made Kline stand out in my memory from all the other violinists I’ve seen perform.”
OMT was not what I expected…a great surprise that I hope to see again. I highly recommend checking out their MySpace site and listening to their songs. I really liked their performance of Millenium.
After the intermission, Frigg came on and played more of a Finnish-folksy, blue grass set. I did like the fact that they would introduce each song, and played a lot of different Finnish polskas, which sounded very different than the polkas, I keenly recalled being played at my grandparents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary many moons ago.
The chemistry of the band was great through out the entire set. The band was extremely warm in both playing and speaking with the audience. Antti Järvelä, who played double-bass and fiddle, was especially great in feeling out the audience and explaining the meaning of the various polskas written by the group – one inspired by what they called the European version of Nascar called touring car racing and another that was dedicated to some infamous Finnish cross-country skiers accused of doping. The songs were good, I wish they could have played a little longer…but they were fun to watch and a good way to end a week of great concert going.
Zack Kline – OMT Violinist’s Website
Finnish Fiddler Music – From Virtual Finland
The Nation of Singers – Explains the musicality of the Finnish culture and language