Himmerland - The Spider in the Fiddle
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The Spider in the Fiddle ()
cdRoots Code: rwm-himmerland
Price 22.00 (Proceeds support RootsWorld magazine and radio)

The band calls it "New Danish music across styles, cultures and frontiers." With a multi-culti band with roots in many parts of the world, they build a sophisticated sound with a small band. The members are Eskil Romme (sax), Ditte Fromseier (violin, vocal), Morten Alfred Høirup (guitar, vocal), Andrzej Krejniuk (electric bass) and Ayi Solomon (percussion).

A RootsWorld Music of the Month selection for December, 2014. (This CD was donated by the band to help support the magazine and radio program.)

   

Listen:
"The Spider in the Fiddle"
"Sweet Nights Polska"
"Sacred Fire"
"Kaszubstep"
"Lykkelige Rejsedage"
"Når Solen sænker sine Stråler"

Ayi Solomon says, “Building the band required a lot of discipline as we all came from different musical backgrounds. I am a Ghanaian and from a tradition of drum and dance (Folklore) music. However, my musical carrier began with me playing highlife music, reggae Music, funk, soul, soukous, etc., so when songs are presented for the band to work on, my contribution to the composition would come straight from the elements of my musical background and the kind or style of music I am acquainted with, mostly contributing rhythms and beats and also the form of a song.”

Himmerland's bass player, Andrzej Krejniuk, is originally Polish, but grew up in southern Denm ark. He has played masses of jazz and rock, and has also played world music. He sees the challenge in starting a band with so diverse musicians, but he has been happy to be part of the process. "My intuition told me that this band would amount to somethin g, since we all got along so well," he says and goes on: “

The greatest hurdle in this band – and doubtless many other bands, no matter what kind of music they play – is to find the right balance between each musician's own personality and the shared soul of the group. We each bring our own background, and it is really important to be able to lay aside your musical tropes and to listen, to discover new ways of doing things. It has been very entertaining to see an African percussionist play a fast Danish

Himmerland's bass player, Andrzej Krejniuk, is originally Polish, but grew up in southern Denm ark. He has played masses of jazz and rock, and has also played world music. He sees the challenge in starting a band with so diverse musicians, but he has been happy to be part of the process. "My intuition told me that this band would amount to somethin g, since we all got along so well," he says and goes on: “ The greatest hurdle in this band – and doubtless many other bands, no matter what kind of music they play – is to find the right balance between each musician's own personality and the shared soul of the group. We each bring our own background, and it is really important to be able to lay aside your musical tropes and to listen, to discover new ways of doing things. It has been very entertaining to see an African percussionist play a fast Danish 4 keraus dance, or see a Danish guitarist play African soukous.

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