In 2013, the Riddu Riddu festival commisioned a piece by Ole Jørn Myklebust. With Namgar Lhkasaranova from Buryatia in Russia and Niillas Holmberg from Finnish Sápmi, it was set for a meeting between two of the most unique indigenous voices in the world today.
Both represent their culture, music and tradition at a very high level, a remarkable collaboration between two voices that both contrast and complement each other.
Most of the music is completely new, and written special for Nordic Namgar. But there is also some famous Buryat and Mongolian traditional tunes in brand new exciting arrangements. The band is among Norway’s finest musicians, and it’s truly a great pleasure to hear Namgar in a Nordic music landscape.
• Namgar Lkhasaranova (vocals)
• Niillas Holmberg (vocals)
• Ole Jørn Myklebust (trumpet, xaphoon, keyboard)
• Fredrik Ellingsen (guitar, electronics)
• Kjetil Dalland (bass)
• Herman Rundberg (drums, percussion)
• Evgeny Zolotarev (chanza)
The album is released in cooperation with the Riddu Riddu-festival, and is supported by the Norwegian Art Council.