SYM released in the UK

Norwegian musician Anne Hytta and her band SYM released their debut album ‘Symbiosis’ in the UK in May. The music is fresh and original, rooted in northern European folk traditions.

The trio SYM consists of Anne Hytta (Norway), Eleonore Billy (France) and Clare Salaman (UK), who first met in January 2007 with the intention of exploring the sound world of their remarkable instruments, which all have sympathetic (resonating) strings. Each musician came with some musical ideas and an open mind, and at the end of the three-day collaboration SYM had been formed and plans to record a CD, which has now been released on Taith Records Label. They play Norwegian hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpas and the hurdy gurdy, creating an extraordinary vibrant sound world; resonant, ethereal and original. Through sharing their rich and varied musical experiences as well as their own cultural perspective they have created a repertoire, grounded in the traditional music of Northern Europe and Scandinavia.

Anne Hytta, from Sauland, South Eastern Norway, is currently living in Oslo. She is among the foremost performers of the hardanger fiddle in Norway and was recently awarded the Norwegian Folk Music Award for Best Solo Album of 2006.

Anne Hytta : hardanger fiddle
Eleonore Billy: nyckelharpa, bass nyckelharpa, hardanger fiddle
Clare Salaman: nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy, hardanger fiddle

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