Concert of the group "Trispann", Riga,
18 May 2003
At May 18, 2003, within the festival Rīga music, in the Small Guild
a Norwegian group Trispann performed.
The group has an unusual structure - a man singer (Aasmund Nordstoga),
a woman singer (Linn Korssjoen) and a musician (Asmund Reistad), which
plays guitar, mandola and contrabass. Unfortunately, those instruments
are not Norwegian traditional ones, and the singers sing in choral,
instead of traditional, manner. Sounds well, as the level of the musical
performance is high - the singers performs freely, with improvisations,
and has nice voices.
The repertoir of the concert was rather wide: from folk songs (comic,
Christmas and dancing songs, lullabies) up to psalms, Blues of love
and "an absolutely new song on mandola", which Reistad has composed in hotel
at night before the concert. On one number the singers has turned into dancers,
and, that's true, they has danced very good, with beautiful improvisations.
In spite of the fact that in Latvia such groups (two choristers + guitar player)
are not considered as folklore performers and participation of the ensemble in
this festival seems unreasonable, the qualitative musical performance
and the cheerful, playful behaviour of Nordstoga gave pleasure to listeners.
Article: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš, 21 May 2003
Photos: Ansis Ataols Bērziņš