Powerful & beautiful folk music with a star-studded chamber orchestra!
Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola have
created their own chamber orchestra
Sølvstrøk (Silverstroke), consisting of a
dream team of Norwegian folk & classical
musicians, with a punchy & nuanced sound.
Each track takes a tune as its starting point
(5 self-composed & 5 traditional), which
Summers/Silvola recomposed & expanded
into refined string arrangements, focusing on the rhythmic drive & distinctive melodies of
Scottish & Norwegian folk music, classical harmonies, and contemporary music colour.
The album opens with Tune For Alistair, illustrating the day of an energetic toddler. Number
81 is a 400 year old 6-bar reel that we call Baroque-Techno, while Christmas Day I Da
Mornin’ is a Shetland Christmas meditation. Owerset II, a Scottish-Norwegian pols by
Summers, has an extended contemporary music section. Morning Prayer is a prayer that was
finally answered. Donald Morison & Miss Mary MacDonald are driving dances, the latter
reusing the opening of Mozart's 25th Symphony. Call & Response is inspired by the unique
psalm tradition from The Isle of Lewis, which was visited by the Vikings and has many
Norwegian place names. Finally, In Dispraise Of Whisky’s energy belies the sober title!
"I always dreamt of ‘super-sizing’ our music for chamber orchestra, and when I was heavily
pregnant, we went to see Oslo Chamber Orchestra. Afterwards, I said I wanted to write for
them. So, we did! We played together at Oslo World Festival; what a joy! Førdefestivalen
then got in touch and suggested we create a chamber orchestra of primarily traditional
musicians for the 2021 festival, and Sølvstrøk was born,” explains Sarah-Jane.
Summers & Silvola is an internationally acclaimed Scottish/Finnish duo, who celebrated their
10th anniversary in 2021. All three of their duo albums received Top of the World from
Songlines; their latest was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy in 2022.
Summers is one of Scotland's foremost fiddlers & a tradition bearer of the old Highland style.
She has a master's degree in Norwegian folk music & improvisation from the Norwegian
Academy of Music, has released five solo albums & played with GRIT Orchestra, RANT &
Quatuor Bozzini. Silvola is a sought-after guitarist, renowned composer of electro-acoustic
contemporary music, and record producer. He has released five solo albums, toured with the
Nils Petter Molvær Group and plays with Susanna Wallumrød and Frode Haltli's Avant Folk.
“magnificent…absolute masters of their instruments" (5/5, Songlines, Top of the World)
"Great music, grand arrangements & gorgeous playing ... another terrific album from this
prodigious pair of musicians" (The Living Tradition)