Björn Stabi probably was the first traditional Swedish fiddler to perform in the United States when he appeared in a duet with Ole Hjorth at the Newport Folk Festival about thirty years ago. Their performances, filled with sonorous harmonies and exotic melodies, were a life changing moment for many listeners. Stabi remains one of the most renowned folk fiddlers in Sweden. Bjorn Stabi’s Orsalater (GIGA 35) is his first album of tunes from his ancestral home of Orsa. Apparently the project was unrehearsed, recording old tunes as they popped into his memory. There some jarring but tasty non-tempered notes, usually said to speak for the considerable age of a piece.
Björn is the current tradition bearer of Orsa’s rich musical heritage. Björn was recognized as a riksspelman (Zorn Silver) back in 1961 and in 1986 he was tapped for the highest honor a Swedish folk musician can receive—The Zorn Gold. Lisa earned the Zorn Silver medal in 1999.
Label: Elektra Nonesuch
A1. Skullbräddleken – 2:30
A2. Vals – 2:54
A3. Polska – 2:10
A4. Systerpolska – 1:34
A5. Noaks Gånglåt – 3:00
A6. Säckpipslåt – 0:45
A7. Hjortingens Polska – 2:10
A8. Vallåt – 1:08
B1. Polska In G – 1:37
B2. Långdans – 1:56
B3. Polska – 2:55
B4. Gånglåt – 1:12
B5. Gråtlåten – 1:46
B6. Vallåt – 1:10
B7. Skänklåt – 1:49
track A1 is a wedding-tune from Mockfjärd,
track A2 is a waltz from Orsa,
track A3 is a dance-tune from Enviken,
track A4 is a dance-tune from Orsa,
track A5 is a walking-tune from Orsa,
track A6 is a bagpipe-tune from Gagnef,
track A7 is a dance-tune from Bingsjö,
track A8 is a herding-tune from Orsa.
Side B contains tunes from Rättvik parish, Dalarna (after the tradition of Hjort Anders Olsson, Bingsjö).