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MÄNGLEIK from Duo Jansen/Jüssi - understated, elusive magic

(May 13, 2014)

Despite my rather limited knowledge of traditional music from Estonia and Norway, I found MÄNGLEIK ssifrom Duo Jansen/Jüssi a sparkling collection of dance tunes with a certain familiarity such time-honoured music often evokes. It must be a primitive attraction, a fundamental flow that resides somewhere deep inside or maybe just a love of ‘old-school’ added to a contemporary touch. Whatever it is, there’s an understated, simple, elusive magic at work here.

Originating from Estonia and Nord-Trøndelag, the musicians are Jo Einar Jansen (fiddle, octave fiddle) and Johanna-Adele Jüssi (fiddle). Clearly they have a deep-seated appreciation of the roots of their music coupled to a creative edge that’s ready to innovate and invent. An empathy exists between musicians, instruments and music and it’s obvious throughout this album. I found an organic level of contact to these tunes - traditional arrangements or self-penned compositions, richly ornamented polkas or seductive waltzes - this music lives and breathes.

For those that love the simplicity of music in its most fundamental form, unembellished and unrefined, this is an album you really should buy. To find MÄNGLEIK from Duo Jansen/Jüssi go here:

Reviewer: Dan Holland

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