Helene Blum & Harald Haugaard
- Harald Haugaard (fiddle, mandolin)
- Helene Blum (vocals, fiddle)
- Kirstine Elise Pedersen (violoncello)
- Mikkel Grue (guitar)
- Sune Rahbek (percussion)
- gender:male, female
- instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, string, singer songwriter
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Two of Denmark’s finest artists have together formed an outstanding band which performs traditional and contemporary Danish music with great passion and virtuosity. Beautiful old Danish ballades are gently blended with neck-breaking fiddle tunes and it’s all brought out to the audience with great passion and presence.
Both Blum and Haugaard have long individual high profiled carreers behind them. Their quintet (established 2009) with cellist Kirstine Elise Pedersen,guitarist Mikkel Grue and percussionist Sune Rahbek sum up all their musical aspects and qualities to be one of Denmark’s musical Dream Teams. Fine acoustic music with integrity and innovation.
Helene Blum has thrilled audiences throughout Europe, and from Canada to Japan, with her intensely expressive, crystal clear voice. Her artistic focus embraces both traditional roots and innovation. Using ancient songs and ballads as a base, she reinvents them with contemporary expressions and mixes them elegantly with newly written songs, including her own. She is deeply rooted in Danish music traditions, but at the same time not afraid to challenge them. With her versatility and the many facets of her talent and voice, she is a unique singer with a strongly personal expression - at times understated and whimsical, at times radiant, and at times intense and commanding. She is an outstanding communicator with the rare ability to unite sensitivity with power.
Harald Haugaard has since the mid-90s, established himself as one of Denmark's finest musicians. In his virtuoso fiddle playing, he combines the playful ease with a characteristic deep and melancholy sound. His compositions are present and original, and in his overall artistic work he drawns on the deep roots in the rich Danish musical tradition, which he treats in an innovative, contemporary and extremely present way like no other. Haugaard has toured intensively worldwide with different contempoary and traditional bands such as the duo Haugaard & Høirup but April 2009 he released his first album in his own name ”Burning Field” for which he acclaimed great reviews from the Danish and international press.
Haugaard won many national and international prizes: he was awarded the Danish music award 9 times, was awarded the Odense life time award in January 2012 and won the prize of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik several times.