Maja Kjær Jacobsen
- function: musician
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- WOMEX 2016
- WOMEX 2015
Instruments: Fiddle (GDAE), Hardanger Fiddle (BEBF#, 8-stringed fiddle from Norway), and song.
As the daughter of a singer and guitarist, the path to becoming a musician herself lay very close. At age 14 she took up the fiddle, with great inspiration from the fiddlers performing at festivals such as Tønder Festival (Denmark) where Maja has been coming since she was 8 years old.
Maja is a fiddler, a singer, a researcher and a teacher, as well as a composer, arranger and a dancer. Especially the old music and singing traditions of Central Jutland (Denmark), where she grew up, is what gives her energy, and soon she will be a published author of a book about the Central Jutland music.
She also plays the Norwegian instrument, the Hardanger Fiddle, which she took up while living in Norway in 2009, and her Scandinavian roots take physical form when she performs with her fiddle trio Fru Skagerrak, where the two other members are fellow folk musicians from Norway and Sweden.
When singing, Maja brings back some of the power and spark that the older generations carried on in the small communities of Denmark for decades and centuries. She has searched for and nourished the old ways of singing, and one of her missions is to sing the songs in the old dialects in which they were originally sung. Other than Maja very few people master this form of traditional song in Denmark.
She graduated from the Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts Southern Denmark (Odense) in June 2012, as a Master in Folk Music with the fiddle as her main instrument.