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Baba Yaga

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Loki
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Irianda
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Astra
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Àja
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Baba Yaga
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Old Larry
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January
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Ritual
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Inoque
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Wackidoo
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W.
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 49:45

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Chris Nickson

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Chris Nickson lives in Leeds, England, the city where he was born. He moved back to the UK in 2005 after spending 30 years in the US, where he freelanced for nu...more »

04.22.11
Annbjorg Lien, Baba Yaga
1999 | Label: Grappa / Phonofile

Baba Yaga might be a figure of legend, but Annbjørg Lien herself is very real. She's one of Norway's main musical exports, wonderfully eloquent on both the fiddle and Norway's national instrument, the hardangfele (which is slightly bigger than the violin and features resonant strings). Although the melodies here draw their inspiration from her native tradition, this is very much her own work, edging at several times towards prog rock (as on "Loki," which possesses… read more »

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EMUSIC-00E52856

I'm a norwegian, but I will tell you - this is fantastic music. Annbjørg Lien has taken the norwegian folk music to a standard it is very hard to surpass.

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owlmerlyn

Ouch, I have just started giving this a listen, and its awesome. Its both traditional and modern at the same time, and the musicianship is great. Makes me think of Fjords filled with pixies, drunken debauchery, and plenty of love ;) 5 out of 5

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With her first release for Northside — an excellent fit, since they only issue Nordic music — Annbjørg Lien continues to spread her wings, moving quite a distance from the traditional music of her Norwegian homeland. The influence is still very much there, both in her writing and playing on the hardanger fiddle (which has drone strings under the fingerboard) and keyed fiddle, in addition to her rare vocals. But plenty of other ideas come into play, in the influence of rhythms and melodies from warmer climes on “Inoque,” a result of her visit to Mozambique with the Save the Children fund, or the title track, whose inspiration comes from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” — most specifically, the ELP version (Lien has stated she was a fan of the band and prog-rock), with a complex, pompous passage thrown in for good humor and good measure. “Iriandia” travels North to Sami territory, with its musical impressionism of the tundra and the folk tradition of joiking. But perhaps the most heartfelt track is the final one, “W.,” another Lien composition, dedicated to the memory of master Norwegian fiddler Hans W. Brimi, whose music affected Lien for many years. She’s long since moved on from being just a traditional artist. With this album she makes the transformation to important European musical figure. – Chris Nickson

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