SARAH-JANE SUMMERS

TRADITIONAL & EXPERIMENTAL STRINGS / COMPOSITION

"A HOWLING GALE, BRILLIANTLY EVOKED" (THE WIRE)

"DAZZLING FOLK VIRTUOSO" (THE STRAD)

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SARAH-JANE SUMMERS

Biog//

"wild, adventurous & exciting" (The Glasgow Herald)

Album of the Year 2017(VIRR)

Late Junction BBC Radio 3

Versatile, free-thinking and impassioned, Sarah-Jane's unique style blends the lyricism of traditional music with the emotive rawness of improvisation.

 

A tradition-bearer of the old Highland style of fiddling, she was taught by the late, great Donald Riddell (1908-1992), who learnt his fiddling from a relative of hers, Alexander Grant of Battangorm (1856-1942). Now based in Norway, she has a masters degree in Norwegian traditional music and free improvisation from The Norwegian Academy of Music.

 

Her unique skills have led her to perform at folk, jazz, rock, contemporary music and noise festivals worldwide with names like Susanna Wallumrød, Quatuor Bozzini, Highasakite, Julie Fowlis, and RANT.

 

Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola

Her duo with her husband, Juhani Silvola, has earnt rave reviews.  All three of their albums have been awarded the prestigious Top of the World status by Songlines.

 

"magnificent...absolute masters of their instruments" (Songlines)

"dazzling album" (Tim Chipping, fRoots)

Experimental music

VIRR - solo free improvisations/compositions on viola/violin

 

Album of the Year 2017, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

"a howling gale, brilliantly evoked" (The Wire)

"ranging from avant garde classical music over eerie folk to harsh, intense outbursts of free jazz...a unique album"

(Merchants of Air)

Kalopsia - solo improvisations/compositions on viola/Hardanger/violin

“Gjennom fjorten frapperende fiolinstykker...skaper hun øyeblikk av stort musikalsk nærvær.”

(Audun Vinger, jazznytt)

“very modern, avant-garde soloing … compelling & gripping” (Free Jazz Collective)

Solo Tradition

 

SOLO saw Sarah-Jane return to her roots - fiddle/Hardanger fiddle.

"dazzling folk virtuoso" (The Strad)

5/5 The Scotsman

“A phenomenal collection of music, true solo fiddle with no safety net, this is hard core... fiddling from one of the best... simply outstanding” (Folkworld)

Composition

- Owerset, Celtic Connections commission 2018, CD released 2019:

"a bravura performance, both compositionally and instrumentally."(The Strad)

- Tha Thu Air Aigeann M'Inntinn - BBC animation about the Iolaire disaster

 

- As The World Turns by arts duo Semiconductor 

 

- Hour-long piece premiered at Oslo World 2020 (Summers/Silvola & Oslo Kammerorkester)

Sarah-Jane Summers © Jenny Berger Myhre
© Jenny Berger Myhre
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awards, nominations, recognitions//

SOLO

Album of the Year, The Scots Trad Music Awards 2018 (long list)

VIRR

Fiona Talkington's Album of the Year 2017, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

 

Widdershins

Top of the World, Songlines 

Album of the Year, The Scots Trad Music Awards 2017 (long list)

Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola

Top of the World, Songlines

BASIC INFO

 

where//

Scottish, based in Norway

 

genres//

traditional Scottish/Norwegian, improvised, experimental

 

favourite things//

rain, wind, dark chocolate, modern art galleries, cryptic crosswords, Le Petit Prince

hobbies//

abstract photography, reading dictionaries,

sewing with tweed

 

websites//

www.sarah-janesummers.com

www.sarahjanejuhani.com

 

label//

Eighth Nerve Audio

RELEASES

2008-present//

The Smoky Smirr o Rain - Summers/Silvola (2021)

 

VINJEFOLK (EP) - Vinjefolk (2019)

OWERSET - Sarah-Jane Summers (2019)

KALOPSIA - Sarah-Jane Summers (2019)

BOZZINI+ - Quatuor Bozzini, S-J Summers etc (2018)

SOLO - Sarah-Jane Summers (2018)

VIRR - Sarah-Jane Summers (2017)

Widdershins - Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola (2016)

Reverie - RANT (2016)

Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola (2013)

RANT (2013)

Mala Fama - Summers/Silvola/Kvam(2012)

Highland Strathspeys for Fiddle (Tuition DVD) (2010)

Nesta - Sarah-Jane Summers (2008)

Sarah-Jane also appears on (amongst others)//

The Bare Romantic - HIGHASAKITE (2020)

Songen om Guro - Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt (2017)

Strange Flowers - Juhani Silvola (2016)

Halley - Comet Kid (Sony Music 2015)

Gach Sgeul - Julie Fowlis (2014 with RANT)

Babylove - Ingrid Håvik (2013)

Window's A Fall - Sacred Harp (2011)

The Smoky Smirr o Rain

The Smoky Smirr o Rain

Owerset

Owerset

Kalopsia

Kalopsia

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HCR19CD Cover 4000RGB Smaller

Sarah-Jane Summers - SOLO

Sarah-Jane Summers - SOLO

VIRR

VIRR

Widdershins

Widdershins

Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola

Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola

Summers / Silvola / Kvam - Mala Fama

Summers / Silvola / Kvam - Mala Fama

Highland Strathspeys for Fiddle DVD

Highland Strathspeys for Fiddle DVD

Sarah-Jane Summers - NESTA

Sarah-Jane Summers - NESTA

 

WATCH

video//

 

LIVE PERFORMANCES

2021

29th Sep - Setesdal - Burns på Dialekt

28th Sep - Granvin House, Seljord - Burns på Dialekt

6th Sep - Columbi Egg, Bergen - Burns på Dialekt

12th Aug - Telemarkfestivalen 

24th July - Heme Dine  - Summers/Silvola

 

9th July - Førdefestivalen - Summers/Silvola & Sølvstrøk

24th June - Victoria, National Jazz Scene, Oslo - Motvind - Jonas Cambien Maca Conu

27th May - Farsund- Burns på Norsk & Summers/Silvola

26th May - Klepp i Rogaland - Burns på Norsk

23rd May - Nesodden Jazzfestival - POING & Maja Ratkje + Juliana Venter, Jarle Vespestad, Summers/Silvola

28th Apr - 2nd May - Germany - Summers/Silvola - CANCELLED 

21st Apr - Raulandsakademiet - Summers/Silvola

9th Apr - St. Croix Huset, Fredrikstad - Burns på Dialekt (Å.Nordstoga, Reinholdt, Summers, Silvola, Kvam)

8th Apr - Riksscenen, Oslo - Burns på Dialekt (Å.Nordstoga, Reinholdt, Summers, Silvola, Kvam)

6th Mar - Eden Court Theatre, Inverness Fiddlers Fiddlers' Rally - Summers/Silvola - CANCELLED

25th Feb - Riksscenen, Oslo - Summers/Silvola

24th Feb - Folk Unlocked - Summers/Silvola

2020

18th Nov - Seljord - with Åsmund Nordstoga/Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt & Summers/Silvola - CANCELLED

10th Nov - Lyngheimtunet - with Åsmund Nordstoga/Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt & Summers/Silvola - CANCELLED

9th Nov - Columbi Egg, Bergen - with Åsmund Nordstoga/Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt & Summers/Silvola - CANCELLED

1st Nov - Moss Kulturhus - with Oslo Kammerorkester & Juhani Silvola - CANCELLED

29th Oct - Riksscenen, Oslo - with Oslo Kammerorkester & Juhani Silvola

23rd Oct - Vinjehuset, 3890 Vinje - with Åsmund Nordstoga/Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt & Summers/Silvola

16th Oct - Victoria, Oslo - with Susanna, Go Dig My Grave

23rd Sept - Ibsenhuset, Skien - with Åsmund Nordstoga/Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt & Summers/Silvola

27-29th Aug - Farsund Folk Festival - with Juhani Silvola

25-31 July - Teaching at Alasdair Fraser's fiddle camp. Sabhal Mór Ostaig, Isle of Skye - CANCELLED

3rd July -  Motvind - with Jonas Cambien - CANCELLED

10th June - Nesodden Kirke, Nesodden - with Kelda Quartet - CANCELLED

13th May - Bærum Kulturhus - Summers/Silvola - CANCELLED

25th April -  Soddjazz - with Susanna Wallumrød, Go Dig My Grave - CANCELLED

14-16th Mar - recording with Ricercar Consort, Belgium

6th Mar - Strømmen Bibliotek - with Kirsti Bakken Kristiansen (Draumkvedet)

 

14th Feb - Vinterfestalen, Rauland - with Åsmund Nordstoga / Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt

2nd  Feb Les Folles Journées, Nantes - with Ricercar Consort & Maria Keohane

1st  Feb Les Folles Journées, Nantes - with Ricercar Consort & Maria Keohane

24th Jan -  Celtic Connections, Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow - with Susanna Wallumrød, Go Dig My Grave

19th Jan -  Celtic Connections, Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow - Owerset

18th Jan - Celtic Connections, The Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow - GRIT Orchestra

16th Jan - Celtic Connections Opening Concert, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall GRIT Orchestra

16th Jan - Celtic Connections School Concert, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall- GRIT Orchestra

12th Jan - Baroque At The Edge Festival, LSO St. Luke's, London - with Susanna Wallumrød

 

2019

18th Dec - Christmas Concert, Ishavskatedralen, Tromsø - with Harald Bakkeby Moe

20th July - Vinjerock - with Vinjefolk

5th July - Førdefestivalen (Teltet utenfor Pikante) - with Juhani Silvola

4th July - Førdefestivalen (Jølstramuseet) - with Juhani Silvola

 

3rd July - Førdefestivalen (Gloppen Hotell, Sandane) - with Juhani Silvola

24th May - Folkemusikkveka i Ål (Jegerstugu, Thon Hotel) - with Vinjefolk

23rd May - Folkemusikkveka i Ål (Kyrkjekonserten) - with Vinjefolk

 

16th Mar - Hamar Kulturhus, NO - with Juhani Silvola

8th Mar - St. Croix Huset, Fredrikstad, NO - Sarah-Jane Summers' Owerset - Owerset release tour

7th Mar - Riksscenen, Oslo, NO - Sarah-Jane Summers' Owerset - Owerset release tour

6th Mar - Kafe Hærverk, Oslo, NO - guesting with Hilde Marie Holsen & Magnus Bugge

12th Feb - Fizzle, The Lamp Tavern, Birmingham, UK - solo - Kalopsia release tour - cancelled

9th Feb - Frittfall, Oslo, NO - with Hilde Marie Holsen - Kalopsia release tour

26th Jan - Nonfigurativ Musikk, Tønsberg, NO - solo - Kalopsia release tour

22nd Jan - Cafe OTO, London, UK - solo - Kalopsia release tour

21st Jan - Mandagsklubben, Copenhagen, DK - solo - Kalopsia release tour

2018

21st Dec - Nesodden Kirke, Nesodden, NO - Kelda's Christmas

13th Dec - FRIM på Fylkingen, Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, 118 25 STOCKHOLM, SE - solo - Kalopsia release tour

3rd Dec - Ni Muser, Trondheim, NO - solo - Kalopsia release tour

26th Nov - Columbi Egg, Bergen, NO - solo

25th Nov - Café Sør, Oslo, NO- with Juhani Silvola & Martin Langlie

18th Nov - The Scots Fiddle Festival, Edinburgh, SCO - with Juhani Silvola

18th Nov - workshop in advanced technique, The Scots Fiddle Festival, The Pleasance, Edinburgh, SCO

8th-11th Nov - Folkelarm, Riksscenen, Oslo, NO - solo

29th Oct-2nd Nov - DKS, Riksscenen, Oslo, NO - with Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt

 

29th Sep - Musica Divina, Herentals, Belgium - 'Go Dig My Grave' with Susanna Wallumrød, Frode Haltli & Giovanna Pessi

28th Sep - Handelsbeurs, Ghent, Belgium - 'Go Dig My Grave' with Susanna

27th Sep - Rich Mix, London, England - 'Go Dig My Grave' with Susanna

25th Sep - National Concert Hall, Dublin - 'Go Dig My Grave' with Susanna

23rd Sep - Alte Kirkche, Romanshorn, Switzerland - 'Go Dig My Grave' with Susanna

21st Sep - Dokkhuset, Trondheim, Norway - 'Go Dig My Grave' with Susanna

20th Sep - Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway - 'Go Dig My Grave' with Susanna

21st Aug - The GRIT Orchestra, Light on the Shore, Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland

21st Jul - Vinjerock - with Vinjefolk

8th Jul - House concert, Nesodden, Norway - with Juhani Silvola & Ingeborg Christophersen

4th Jul - Katrineholm, Ericsberg, Sweden - with Juhani Silvola

3rd Jul - Eskilstuna, Lagersberg, Sweden - with Juhani Silvola

24th Jun - Bønsnes Kirke, 3530 Røyse, Norway - with Kelda Quartet

21st Jun - Biermannsgården, Oslo, Norway - with Hilde Marie Holsen

2nd Jun - Musikkfest, Schous Kulturbryggeri, Popsenteret, Oslo - with Juhani Silvola & Hans Martin Austestad

16th May - Business for Peace Awards Ceremony, The City Halls, Oslo

15th May - The Norwegian Royal Residency, Norway - with Maren Selvaag & Rohey Taalah

6th Apr - 12.15, Aula, Foajeen i Georg Sverdrups Hus, Oslo University - with Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt

5th Apr - Klubb Ankaret, Gothenburg, Sweden - with SISKIN Quartet

8th Mar - Riksscenen, Oslo, Norway - solo - SOLO album launch

24th Feb - Umeå Festival, Sweden - with SISKIN Quartet

23rd Feb - Stallet, Stockholm, Sweden - with SISKIN Quartet

8th Feb - Riksscenen, Oslo, Norway - with SISKIN Quartet

2nd Feb, 19.30 - Celtic Connections, New Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert  Hall - with Juhani Silvola

28th Jan, 13.00 - Celtic Connections New Voices Commission, Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

27th Jan - Celtic Connections, Bothy Culture & Beyond, Grit Orchestra with Danny MacAskill, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

17th Jan - Bitches Brew, Traverse Theatre, Glasgow - solo improv set

2017

6th-22nd March - Rikskonsertene School Concerts, Norway - with Juhani Silvola

29th March - Rauland, Norway - with Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt

7th April  - Le Gésu, Montréal, Canada - with Bozzini Quartet & Monty Adkins, "Water's Edge"

2nd June - Kulturkirke Jakob, Oslo, Norway - with Solfrid Molland

3rd June - King's Place, London, UK - 'Vindauga | Wind Eye' with Sam Lee, Unni Løvlid, Andreas Utnem, Erlend Apneseth & Juhani Silvola

11th June - Oddnose Festival, Nesodden, Norway - with Juhani Silvola

13th June - Kantorissimo, Nesodden Kirke - A Scottish Ayre - with Ingeborg Christophersen, Gunnar Hauge & Juhani Silvola

17th June - Nepal Festival, Falun, Sweden - with Juhani Silvola

 

11th July - Kaustinen Folk Festival, Finland (21.00-22.00, Pelimannitalo) - with Juhani Silvola 

12th July - Kaustinen Folk Festival, Finland (15.45-16.30, Iholla Hall) - with Juhani Silvola


27th JulySommarljom 2017 Ørsta, Norway - with Juhani Silvola

19th Aug - Geiteberg Folk Festival, Norway - with Juhani Silvola

1st Sept  - Kulturkirke Jakob, Oslo, Norway - with Solfrid Molland

3rd Sept - 14.00 - Kirkekaffe i Rådhuset, Oslo, Norway - with Solfrid Molland

3rd Sept - 18.00 - Gallakonsett, Kulturkirke Jakob, Oslo, Norway - with Solfrid Molland

7th Sept - 20.00 -  Cappelens Forslag, Bernt Ankers gate 4B, 0183 Oslo - VIRR release concert

15th Sept - Granvin Kulturhus, Seljord - Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt & Summers/Silvola/Kvam

16th Sept - Hølen Kunstcafe, Kolbotn - Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt & Summers/Silvola/Kvam

17th Sept - Hellviktangen, Nesodden- Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinhold & Summers/Silvola/Kvam

22nd Sept - Bellman, Notodden - Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt

23rd Sept - Verdensteateret, Rjukan - Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt

24th Sept - Ælvespeilet, Porsgrunn - Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt

 

27th Sep - Harald Kihle Galleriet, Horten - Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt

20th Oct - 14.00 - Fagforbundets landsmøte 2017, Oslo Kongressenter, Norway - with Solfrid Molland

27th Oct - Osafestivalen, Voss, Norway (at 20.00) - with Juhani Silvola

28th Oct - Osafestivalen, Voss, Norway (at 15.30) - with Juhani Silvola

 

12th Nov - Tøyen Kirke, Oslo - Ingebjørg Lognvik Reinholdt & Summers/Silvola/Kvam

18th Nov - Transvocale, Frankfurt a.d. Oder, Germany - with Juhani Silvola

19th Nov - Westflügel, Syke - with Juhani Silvola

22nd Nov - Die Fetzerei, Krone Alt-Hoheneck, Ludwigsburg - with Juhani Silvola

23rd Nov - Jazzaround the World Festival, Puchheim - with Juhani Silvola

24th Nov - Der Schallplattenmann, Erlangen - with Juhani Silvola

26th Nov Rupert Folkclub, Nürnberg - with Juhani Silvola

14th Dec Biermannsgården (solo improv/trad)

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