Lars Jakob Rudjord // Kjempe - Jo // Farsund Folk Festival
August 28, 2021 18:00 -
FIGHT - YES, THE MYTH FROM TOVDAL IN TONER.
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