Gabriel Fliflet, Norwegian accordion player, singer and composer, will also be a musical “commentator” at Solstrand. At its best, music can communicate beyond different cultural backgrounds and age.
Fliflet’s various musical projects show the range of his curiosity. For over thirty years he explored Norwegian old-time dance music with the group Rimfakse. He has toured with Shetland musicians, including the legendary Willie Hunter and Willie Johnson. He has worked with musicians from Serbia, France, Denmark, Lapland and Finland, explored Baltic popular music and Yiddish and Gypsy traditions.
Gabriel Fliflet was six years old when he moved from Sweden to Bergen in Western Norway. He grew up in a fertile musical environment, sung to in Swedish by his Finnish mother and, as often as not, in German or Hungarian by his polyglot Norwegian father. Not surprising, then, that he has made a career of frolicking in various folk traditions, Norwegian and foreign.
Most well-known connection is his partnership with drummer Ole Hamre in the enigmatic duo Fliflet/Hamre. They have created a style all their own – they call it Bergen music from the world – and have worked with Norwegian artists from a wide spectrum of music. Since 1999 he has been musical host and organiser of Norway’s foremost folk club, Columbi Egg in Bergen.
Gabriel Fliflet has so far made these commissioned works: Elvemot, Edvards lykkelige dag (ordered by Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen) and Åresong (Bergen International Festival 2010) with new texts by the great Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse.