I'm a musician from Norway trying to create a Scandinavian contemporary language for the acoustic guitar, by drawing heavily on tradition and talking to the past from the present.
My instruments are built by Arnt Rian in Trondheim, and I record for Øra Fonogram.
Following a career in conventional pop and rock music, I became curious about the musical traditions embedded in the landscape around the fjord where I grew up. Over five solo albums, as well as one in collaboration with fiddler Sturla Eide, I have attempted to adress central issues of timbre, attack, form, improvisation, interplay, solo playing, harmony and ornamentation as a personal version of musical tradition is slowly emerging from under my fingertips.
In 2009, I finished a research project within the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, focusing on improvisation in connection with traditional music. The exposition "FolkImprov" is an abbreviated version of this project's methodical sections. I serve as professor of guitar at Nord University, Levanger, Norway.
You can find examples of my music at www.andreasaase.com.