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In 2007 three of Denmark’s most celebrated young musicians joined forces to explore their common passion for contemporary art music and folk music. Today Bolette Roed (recorders), Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin) and Andreas Borregaard (classical accordion) form the trio Gáman – a remarkable ensemble providing a new and highly acclaimed approach to both contemporary art music and folk tunes.
Gáman started out by examining the relationship between ancient and new music from the Nordic countries. New commissions from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands were juxtaposed to traditional folk music from the same countries to reveal similarities, contrasts and influences between the different pieces and traditions, and the resulting concert programmes were presented in large concert halls and small village churches alike in all the included countries.
In recent years Gáman has moved past the boundaries of the Nordic region. The trio has performed at renowned festivals in Poland, focusing on the relationship between Polish and Danish folk and baroque music, and in 2013 Gáman will have their US debut at Other Minds and their UK debut at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival performing with the acclaimed viola player Garth Knox.
The trio name Gáman refers to the old Norse word for “joy”.