The 7-piece group have brought their fast and furious fiddles to close to 500 gigs. Tours in North America, Australia, Japan, Europe and the UK, appearances on major festivals such as Chicago World Music Festival, Celtic Connections, Glatt & Verkehrt, WOMADelaide, Rudolstadt Festival, and Rainforest World Music Festival, to name just a few.
Also the global world music media have featured Frigg extensively. Articles and reviews on FRoots and Sing Out, live performance on BBC Radio 3, and Top of the World selections on the Songlines magazine have paved the way. Frigg’s latest studio album ”Polka V” (2014) was selected as the Folk Album of the Year in Finland and nominated for the prestigious Teosto Prize, awarded annually by Finnish composers – underlining the fact that Frigg performs mostly original material written by the band members. Their latest and 8th album “Frost on Fiddles” released in June 2017 has been praised in the world music media and beyond: five star reviews, continuous radio play in e.g. BBC stations all over UK, high rankings in global music charts, nominations in Finnish Ethno Gala 2017, and offers to play at prestigious events.
The living tradition aside, the second cornerstone of Frigg’s music is innovation. Frigg has absorbed melodies and rhythms from various world music styles such as bluegrass, Celtic and Balkan, among others. All the musicians of the septet have studied in top-notch music universities like the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, quaranteing virtuoso and effortless mastering of their instruments.
‘Embracing everything from Nashville to Nordkapp, Salzburg to Stornoway, this Helsinki septet manages to sound like a polka band, a rock group, or a Riverdance ensemble, while remaining purely acoustic and firmly string-powered. Four fiddles, an upright bass, guitars and mandos: that’s all there is, but Frigg fill the air, live or on CD.’ – Alex Monaghan, Folkworld
‘This is Blazin’ Fiddles on steroids!’ – Jim Byrne, The Living Tradition
Tommi Asplund, fiddle
Tero Hyväluoma, fiddle
Alina Järvelä, fiddle
Esko Järvelä, fiddle, viola
Juho Kivivuori, double bass
Anssi Salminen, guitar
Petri Prauda, cittern, mandolin, bagpipes
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