In this section you will find news and updates about Martine's artistic work including albums, tour updates and other happenings.

Huldrefela in studio

My beautiful ten-stringed hardangerfiddle made by the amazing violin maker mester Helge M. Bergnord. Today we are recording the last tracks on "Himmelfot"!

Video for the upcoming "Himmelfot"

Yesterday we shot the video material for the upcoming single "Himmelfot". We spent the day by the lake Mjøsa where I live. It was a very fun but also an extremely cold experience :)

Morning session

The boys are doing vocal tracks on the song "Himmelfot" before shooting the music video by the lake, Mjøsa. I guess this will be a cold day so it´s good to start with an uplifting spirit. Mjøsa here we come!

A great week

Last day of the regional tour by Turnéorganisasjonen is over for now. Engaged students from 28 different middle schools have completed a basic course in how to be a student arranger, some have joined in composition workshops and courses about how to be a good cultural host. A great week with wonderful students and inspirational colleagues: Bjarne Kvinnsland, Frode Berntzen, Bernt Torp and Helge Harstad. A big salute to Turnéorganisasjonen that has been active for 25 years and does a very important job to promote cultural growth into education plans and contribute to colorize the schools with art and joy! (Photo by Maia Høilund)

Touring with Turnéorganisasjonen

This week I will be touring with Turnéorganisasjonen in the south east of Norway. Today we worked at Aukrustsenteret in Alvdal with students in Nord-Østerdalen that will soon be student organizers at their local school. On the picture you can see Ludvig and Solan two of the most popular creatures by the great Norwegian author, poet and artist Kjell Aukrust who was born in Alvdal in 1920.

Rehearsal break in Bergen

Haha...thank you Chantal for filming our break. This is what can happen when we are exposed to a lot of concentration, lack of sleep and gets a little too close the misty ocean. L.E.A.F caught on iphone camera by Chantal Bleumink on the dock of USF Verftet in Bergen, with Kati Ran, Jacqueline Helisir & Martine Kraft.

Studio session

Last night I worked in Enger Studio on a new project by the Norwegian composer Johannes Ringen. Really fun to explore more of his beautiful cinematic soundscapes and to be a part of the creative studio process.

The new official LEAF line up for LYS

Some weeks ago the Dutch artist Kati Ran from the nordic folk band LEAF contacted me about a new musical collaboration and this weekend we had our first gathering with the new Leaf line up! This fall we will do several concerts with the repertoire from the new album LYS. Thank you for a wonderful weekend and for some great new friendships! Looking forward to bring the powerful music of Kati Ran, Leaf and LYS live on stage! From left: Chantal Bleumink (keys and dulcimer), HC Dalgaard (drums), Kati Ran (vocal, keyed fiddle and percussion), Kjell Braaten (percussion, Lyra, Kantele, troatsinging, HurdyGurdy, hammered dulcimer and woodblocks), me (hardanger fiddle, vocals and keyed fiddle) and Ja

New adventure

Today I´m traveling by train to a new adventure! A wonderful way of travel and to explore more of this beautiful country! Next stop Haugastøl and soon I will arrive Bergen!

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