Musician and composer Anne Hytta is a performer of the traditional music of Telemark on hardanger fiddle, and she composes and performs her own music in her solo production Draumsyn and her trio Slagr.
The hardanger fiddle is a fiddle with sympathetic strings and its own repertoire of traditional tunes. Her background is deeply founded in the highly distinctive playing style of the repertoire of traditional tunes for the Hardanger fiddle, and from this basis she composes and performs her own music in the solo production Draumsyn, her trio Slagr, international folk string quartet Tokso and other ensembles.
She has created her own solo performance Draumsyn consisting of new compositions for hardanger fiddle, viola d’amore and medieval vielle. The music was released on German label Carpe Diem January 2014 to great reviews both in Norwegian and foreign press.
Her trio Slagr performs new music for hardanger fiddle, cello and vibraphone and tuned glasses. Their latest album, short stories, was released in 2015, and received the Norwegian Grammy for best album of the year in the open category.
Anne Hytta is participating in various projects including folk musicians from around the world, and also plays the medieval vielle in the duo SogeSong with singer Øyonn Groven Myhren.
In 2006, 2007 and 2009 Anne Hytta received the Norwegian Government Grants for younger artists. She received the Norwegian Folk Music Award for best solo album in 2006, 2011 and 2017, and the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen) in the open category in 2015 for Slagr album “Short stories” and in the category of traditional music in 2017 for solo album “Strimur”.
Folk musician and composer Anne Hytta keeps impressing - and surprising - the listener with her determined innovative search for the innermost soul of her instrument.
Svein Andersen, Aftenposten