Singer and composer Niss Kerstin has assembled an impressive cast of musicians to create an ambitious and beautiful song cycle based on the poetry of Nobel Prize winning writer Harry Martinson. Mats Edén on fiddle, Anders Hagberg on saxophones and flute, percussionist Terje Isungset, bassist Johannes Lundberg and the keyboards of Rickard Åström offer ample talent for the realization of Kerstin's musical settings for Martinson's poems about trees (träd). The music ranges from slow and introspective folk ballads to expansive and rambunctious jazz inspired epics, a mirror to Martinson's dual fascination with the microscopic and cosmic aspects of nature.(The Nobel committee awarded him "for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos.")
Trad is available from cdRoots
"Askarna" written by Niss kerstin, based on the peom by Harry Martinson. Published by Amigo Musik, Sweden, and used with their express permission. Copyright 1998 Amigo.