Hege Rimestad

White Arrow

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Hege Rimestad offers an eclectic and intoxicating blend of traditional melodies mostly from North Sea countries, led by her faerie fiddle playing and arranged for unique arrangements of acoustic and electric instruments. Sometimes, tablas work with kit drums to bring a full swath of percussion. On "Fullriggen & Femboringen" is a medley of Shetland Island folk songs praising impressive sail ships. Here, Rimestad's fiddle duos with the wind, rolling surf, and distance evoking musicianship (pan flute and charango, the South American armadillo shell guitar) and vocals of gruff and sea-communing Carlos Z. Quispe. More rarely heard ethnic instrumentation accompanies multi-tracked fiddle with the tarogato (Romantic period clarinet) on the jazzy instrumental "Hundretogtjue (Speeding)." The sad siren call of "Myrullmorgen (Rolling Mist)" is Rimestad playing her violin alone with her lamenting but long-lived echo. Double stops take on a whole new meaning in the dropped D/G/D/G tuning of "I godt aerend (A woman with a mission)." With the popping of high-pitched drums and a fluid, lyrical bassline, this piece is representative of the album's daring tone and its success. White Arrow is a violin album on high, on a clear day viewing the past and the future. Also looking across the globe, Rimestad conjures up a Baghdad bazaar with helped from sitar, tablas, clarinet, and more. The Norwegian press compares her to both Paganini and Hendrix. Indeed, Rimestad employs diabolical exhibitions of technique and psychedelically unexpected arrangements. This encompassing potpourri is a rewarding and mature album of vision and achievement.

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