Led by Camille Norment, this trio is comprised of an electric guitar, a Norwegian hardingfele (a violin-like instrument that uses an additional 4-5 strings) and a rare glass armonica played by Norment. A delicate and relatively obscure instrument, the glass armonica was invented in 1761 and was played by Mozart and Marie Antoinette; it emits an ethereal, somewhat shrill tone that has been associated throughout history with the divine and the ecstatic. In the late 18th century, it was used by German physicians to “mesmerize” patients into a state of hypnosis, but its capacity as a healing device was quickly overshadowed by fear, and the instrument was banned in Germany—its supernatural sounds were thought to induce madness.
Vegar Vårdal – Norwegian Hardanger fiddle
Håvard Skaset – Electric guitar
Camille Norment – Glass armonica, electronics, voice