Nils Økland is a renowned master of Norway’s national instrument, the Hardanger fiddle (it has four violin-like strings and multiple resonating drone strings).
With that as his weapon, he bridges traditional folk music, modern composition and jazzy improvisation – and he has one of the most personal “voices” out there.
His concerts are usually deeply poetic experiences where Nordic folk traditions and contemporary music meet and make time stand still for a while. It’s practically impossible not to be moved by this type of music that is balanced by open landscapes and a vibrating Nordic soulfulness.
Økland has gained an international reputation for his innovative playing style. The solo albums he has released on the ECM and Rune Grammofon labels have garnered raving reviews.
Økland has guested with several leading orchestras, has written music for the London Sinfonietta, films, ballets and theatre, and has played on records by Christian Wallumrød, Arve Henriksen, Åsne Valland Nordli and Bjørnar Andresen.
Some of the foremost musicians in Norway are part of the Nils Økland Glødetråder:
Rolf-Erik Nystrøm (saxophone), Sigbjørn Apeland (harmonium), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium and trumpet), Per Steinar Lie (guitar), Håkon Mørch Stene (vibraphone and percussion), Ørjan Haaland (drums) and Mats Eilertsen (double bass).