Bilde Lars Jakob Rudjord

Lars Jakob Rudjord // Kjempe - Jo // Farsund Folk Festival

August 28, 2021 18:00 -

kr 300



In the 19th century, a mythical figure lived in Tovdal in Agder: A legendary man, known among people as Kjempe-Jo. It is said that he was a fighter who was impossible to defeat, but also an excellent dancer. He was big, constantly walking on his hands, and once he took the life of a bear with an ax. The man's name was Jon Olsen (1816-1883), and he was Lars Jakob Rudjord's great-great-grandfather.

I have been fascinated by the walker "Kjempe-Jo" ever since I heard Annbjørg Lien play it a few years ago. And when I discovered that the man who gave the name to the mowing was one of my ancestors, I simply had to address this, says Rudjord.

Now the pianist and composer from Farsund has been inspired by the stories of Kjempe-Jo, everyday life in Agder in the 19th century and traditional music from Tovdal, and written completely new music. The work was created with a work grant from the Composers' Remuneration Fund in 2020, and the premiere will take place at Farsund Folk Festival with a star team of musicians put together for the occasion. Afterwards, the band travels on to Oslo to play on the national stage.

With Kjempe-Jo, Lars Jakob Rudjord offers an intimate, exciting and engaging concert experience, where old meets new, and a trad song or two from Tovdal is intertwined with Rudjord's own music. Maybe a fairy tale or two from 19th century Agder is also told.

Lars Jakob Rudjord - piano, keyboards
Johanne Flottorp - hardingfele
Katrine Schiøtt - cello
Jakop Janssønn Percussion


Husan in Farsund was originally a large merchant's house, built by the merchant, shipowner and yard owner Jochum Brinch Lund for use by his sons Gabriel Lund (Eidsvollsmannen) and Ebbe Lund in the 1790s. The building was considered the country's second largest secular wooden building. The name means "house" in the plural. Jochum Lund died in 1807, and the sons continued their father's business from the property. Reduced trade with England during the Napoleonic Wars instead provided the opportunity…
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