«Music that touches the deepest in those who wants to listen» Sindre Bremnes, Bladet Folkemusikk
«Impressive!» Lars Mossefinn, Dag og Tid
Lyrical, sensitive, warm and with great virtuosity – Linda Gytri from Oldedalen, Norway, is an unique accordionist and composer, playing folk music and own tunes that touches your soul directly. She invites her audience into new landscapes of music, with quiet places for melancholy quickly changing to windfull polkas full of joy.
Linda Gytri is awarded a two year scholarship from Arts Council Norway to work with her music. She was Norwegian Champion of the accordion at early age, and has a Master in folk music, studying with Jon Faukstad in Norway and Maria Kalaniemi in Finland.
Gytri released the album Audire in 2015 together with Timo Alakotila, piano, and Anders Bitustøyl, double bass. The album is about listening inwards to your own heart, and is all Gytri`s compositions arranged by the trio. Audire got great reviews from both audience and critics, and Gytri recently received the Music Award at Førde International Folk Music Festival for her work.
Her first album Umbra was nominated Best Soloalbum of The Year at Folkelarm 2012, and listed as third best album by the national papers Dag og Tid and Adresseavisen, and she was nominated by NRK to Luttprisen 2013. Gytri has performed and given workshops many places around the world – from Russia, India, Malawi, Mosambiq, USA, Shetland and Finland abroad to several festivals in Norway – even Kråkenes Lighthous in Måløy and a small stone age cave in Oldedalen.
«At the Jodhpur International Folk Festival 2013, in October, Norway trio, Linda Gytri with Kristoffer Kleiveland and Vidar Berge, presented a range of Nordic folk on accordions. Needless to say, audience was enthralled. For most in India, accordion usage is limited to Bollywood films of the 1960s. To be suddenly exposed to compositions that ranged from quiet melancholic tunes to joyful polkas, was a wonderful revelation.» Medha Dutta, The Times Of India
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