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2017 Biographies — Norwegian

Mari Eikeland

Mari Eikeland

Raised biculturally and having lived in Norway and the U.S., Mari has enjoyed traditional songs and dances since early childhood. She studied Norwegian music and culture at the University of Oslo's summer intensive. Expanding upon her dance and music backgrounds, Mari integrates this with her other skills as a life and health coach. With a spring in her step, Mari is delighted to introduce Norwegian folk dance and culture to Festival this year.


Ann-Marita Garsed

Ann-Marita Garsed

Guitar, Singer/Songwriter

Ann-Marita Garsed is a Norwegian-born, California-based singer/songwriter with influences ranging from American country music to the traditional folk songs of her native Norway. A graduate of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA, Ann-Marita has since then released three independent albums of original songs. Being praised for her outstanding voice and stage presence as well as her exceptional songwriting, Ann-Marita has traveled far and wide, from Europe, to Australia, to the U.S., playing world-renowned festivals, fairs, clubs, coffeehouses and makeshift stages on flatbed trucks. Ann-Marita is also an inspirational vocal coach and music teacher, with years of teaching experience from three continents.


Knut Erik Jensen

Knut Erik Jensen

Piano and Accordion

Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen has performed over 150 solo concerts featuring Norwegian and international music on the North American continent since 2007. Mr. Jensen has appeared numerous times as a guest soloist in Europe and North America and completed his master's examination concert at the University of Trondheim, Norway playing Alexander Scriabin's piano concerto with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded two CDs of Norwegian piano music: "Edvard Grieg - Anniversary Collection" and "Nordic Elegance." Mr. Jensen's unusually rich musical background has given him versatility in many different genres and instruments. He started learning how to play the organ by himself from a very young age but his first main instrument was the classical accordion from the age of 7. He made a switch to the piano at the age of 17 after strong encouragements from the school ́s piano teacher and a discovery of Grieg's A minor concerto. He ended his career on solo accordion by winning the Norwegian Championship in 1999, won a first prize with the dance orchestra Jhohans, as well as a second place in the open solo class for entertainment music. In addition to his solo career, he has played in several rock bands, Perished being the most significant one with 3 CD releases. He has also worked with jazz and kletzmer musicians in the project orchestra Kilombo as an accordionist, recording the CD Bordello Music and performing concert tours throughout Norway.


Skogen Sällström

Skogen Sällström

Violin and Hardanger fiddle

A specialist in Norwegian music, concert violinist and Hardanger fiddler, Skogen Sällström brings to Festival for the fourth year the tonalities and rhythms of his heritage that span traditional folk, classical and contemporary genres. He conveys passion through his masterful technique and complete involvement. Skogen's mission is to raise audiences' appreciation to Norwegian music. He holds his Bachelor’s Degree in classical violin performance and Master’s Degree in Norwegian music violin and Hardanger fiddle performance, both from the music conservatory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.


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