The Slovakian-Norwegian orchestra Angrusori releases its debut-album Live at Tou on Hudson Records in May 2021. This album combines, and at times fuses two distinctive spheres of musical culture: on the one hand, an ancient migratory song tradition, and on the other, contemporary, experimental improvisation.
Since 2016, a group of musicians from the Norway based Kitchen Orchestra and the Slovak Roma community have collaborated on the project Phuterdo Øre (open ear), now renamed as the band Angrusori (ring). New connections have been developed between contemporary improvised music from Norway and traditional Slovak Roma music, beautifully re-composed and hybridized by Nils Henrik Asheim and Iva Bittová helped along by contributing musicians and hours of collaborative work.
For a number of years, researcher Jana Beliová has worked with the Roma population in Slovakia, collecting and documenting songs rarely heard outside the Slovakian countryside. This album offers a collection of these songs in a remoulded and repackaged format, inviting both old and new listeners of Roma music, and appealing to diverse audiences within and outside the Slovakian vernacular. These are songs from an otherwise secluded society, songs usually shared in peoples homes and kitchens. They are songs telling stories of a different European reality, encompassing experiences of social segregation, abject poverty and ill health, or love, jealousy and loss stories of specific and universal human tragedies, which nevertheless bear within them enduring qualities of resilience and togetherness. It is music that seeks to give renewed hope for our shared and interdependent humanity, through its ability to cross borders.
Angrusori was made possible thanks to a EEA grant.
Projekt Angrusori získal podporu v celkovej výške 200 000 EUR z dotačného programu EEA Grants z Islandu, Lichtenštajnska a Nórska. Zároveň je spolufinancovaný z verejných zdrojov Slovenskej republiky sumou 30 000 EUR. Jeho zámerom je spojiť nórskych a rómskych hudobníkov, ktorí spoločne vytvoria nové hudobné diela vychádzajúce z ich kultúrneho pozadia.
Ak sa chcete dozvedieť viac o programoch a projektoch financovaných z Grantov EHP na Slovensku, navštívte stránku www.eeagrants.sk.
The project Angrusori benefits from a € 200 000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The project has been co-financed from the State Budget of the Slovak Republic in the amount of € 30 000. The aim of the project is to is to bring Norwegian musicians together with Roma musicians, and to develop and produce especially commissioned musical works based on their cultural backgrounds.
If you want to know more about programmes and projects financed by the EEA Grants in Slovakia, visit www.eeagrants.sk.