Trio Mediaeval

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Xenia Groh-Hu

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General Management

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biography

Anna Maria Friman, Linn Fuglseth, Jorunn Lovise Husan

The brilliant Scandinavian singers of Trio Mediæval have created a fascinating and unique world of sound, which they give life to with unerring virtuosity. Founded in 1997 in Oslo, Trio Mediæval’s specialised repertoire features ballads and songs from the Norwegian Middle Ages, polyphonic music arranged by the three singers themselves from medieval England, France and Italy, as well as contemporary works written specifically for the ensemble. More recently the trio have been working to create new kinds of aural experiences with musicians and ensembles from the jazz and world music scenes, including Rolf Lislevand, Nils Økland, Sinikka Langeland, Arve Henriksen and the Mats Eilertsen Trio.

After performing at the Macao International Music Festival and Bozar Brussels last season, this season the trio are travelling for Christmas concerts with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and to the International A-cappella Week Hannover.

Trio Mediæval broke out with their debut release on ECM Records in 2002: their album Words of the Angel immediately reached Billboard’s Top Ten list and was Stereophile’s "Recording of the Month". Two further releases followed in 2007, including the Grammy-nominated Folk Songs, featuring Norwegian ballads and songs. 2011’s A Worcester Ladymass was also released to much acclaim, including being selected as one of the best new releases by the German Record Critics' Award. Aquilonis, released in 2014, was named one of the best recordings of the year by the New York Times.

At the beginning of 2017 the vocal ensemble’s eighth recording with ECM was released. RIMUR is a collaborative project with jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen and immediately drew comparisons to Jan Garbarek’s and the Hilliard Ensemble’s renowned Officium project. The recording reached the top five of the UK classical charts and received enthusiastic press: the German radio station SWR2 stating that “the two genres do not see eye-to-eye, but rather ear-to-ear: Rímur is a masterpiece of mutual empathy.” In 2016/17 the trio appeared on the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo’s CD “Concerti II” in John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music. In April 2020 NXN Recordings / Naxos Norway released Trio Mediaeval’s latest CD, Memorabilia, a collaboration with the Mats Eilertsen Trio.

Trio Mediæval has performed throughout Europe in prestigious venues such as the Oslo Concert Hall, Bozar Brussels, De Doelen Rotterdam, Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ Amsterdam and the Wiener Konzerthaus, as well as at renowned festivals, among them the Bergen Festival, Cheltenham Music Festival, Snape Proms/Aldeburgh Music, SWR RheinVokal Festival, Schwetzinger SWR Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersächsische Musiktage, the Dresden Music Festival and the Adelaide Festival. The ensemble is a regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall, and several engagements have also taken them beyond Europe, including performances at the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Carnegie Hall.

The trio collaborates with a multitude of contemporary composers including Gavin Bryars, Ivan Moody, Oleh Harkavyy and Andrew Smith. As a result of their collaboration with Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, David Lang and with the musikFabrik Cologne, the trio premiered Shelter, their biggest multimedia contemporary music project to date. Julia Wolfe then created a new work for the singers, Steel Hammer, which they premiered with the Bang on a Can All-Stars at Carnegie Hall.

2020/2021 Season

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Programme proposals

Symphony Orchestra
David LANG Reason to believe (2011)
John ADAMS Grand Pianola Music (1982)
CHRISTMAS SONGS arr. by Gaute Storaas, Helge Sunde
FOLK SONGS arr. by Helge Sunde, Peter Winroth
Chamber Orchestra / Ensemble
TONU KORVITS Kellamäng-Bells (2016) 
ANDREW SMITHS Songs of Solomon: Rose of Sharon (2013)
JULIA WOLFE Steel hammer (2009)
MICHAEL GORDON, DAVID LANG, JULIA WOLFE Shelter (2005)
MEDIEVAL HYMNS Arr. Trio Mediaeval, Arve Henriksen, Helge Sunde, Jon Øivind Ness
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Media Centre

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Discography

Rímur

Rímur

Trio Mediaeval; Arve Henriksen, trumpet
ECM, 2017, 4814742

CR NEOS

Concerti III

Francis Poulenc - Colin McPhee - John Adams
GrauSchumacher Piano Duo; Trio Mediæval; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Brad Lubman, conductor
NEOS 2017, 21703

the magical forest

THE MAGICAL FOREST

Sinikka Langeland, Arve Henriksen, Trygve Seim, Anders Jormin, Markku Ounaskari, Trio Mediaeval
ECM Records, 2016

Song of Songs

Song of Songs

Trio Mediaeval, Garth Knox, Agnes Vèsterman, Sylvain Lemêtre, Cliona Doris
Louth Contemporary Music Society, LCMS1502

trio

Aquilonis

Trio Mediaeval
ECM Records, 2014, ECM New Series 2416

steel

Steel Hammer, Julia Wolfe

Trio Mediaeval; Bang on a Can All-Stars
Cantaloupe Music, 2014

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A Worcester Ladymass

ECM Records, 2011, ECM New Series 2166

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Folk Songs

Trio Mediaeval; Birger Mistereggen, percussion, Jew's harp
ECM Records, 2007, ECM New Series 2003

stella

Stella Maris

ECM Records, 2005, ECM New Series 1929

Soir

Soir, Dit-Elle

ECM Records, 2004, ECM New Series 1869

Angel

Words of the Angel

ECM Records, 2002, ECM New Series 1753

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