Duo Benedicte Maurseth / Jasser Haj Youssef//
Jasser Haj Youssef – viola d’amore
Benedicte Maurseth: Hardanger fiddle, voice
Benedicte Maurseth, one of Norway’s most important Hardanger fiddle players, met Jasser Haj Youssef at a music festival in Sardinia in 2014. They did an improvised concert together, and Youssef’s music made a lasting impression on Maurseth. His way of playing the viola d’amore fuses contemporary music with Oriental and African influences, and has an honest and meditative quality. Youssef blends in perfect with Maurseth’s open approach to Nordic traditional music – together they transcend geography, genre and tradition.