Gard Nergaard – improvising musician, composer and storyteller – restlessly in search of new land somewhere between folk and jazz. He navigates uncompromisingly in a diversity of impulses, with the violin, the hardanger fiddle, the viola and the mandolin as his most important tools, in addition to his unusual talent as a storyteller.
Despite his young age, he has already established himself as a strong and charismatic ambassador of the musical heritage of southern Norway, as well as his own, creative continuation of this music. In 2015 he released the double album Seint var det om kvelden, where he retraces the whole historical development of the fiddle tradition in the valley where he comes from. The album was highly acclaimed, and was characterised as “sensationally good” by author Hallgrim Berg (review in Norwegian here!).
Troublemaker in folk music, non-conformist in jazz. ”If it’s only different, then it’s good”, says much about his basic artistic attitude. However, it is equally a restless search for authenticity towards the music as much as towards himself that caracterizes his musicianship.
Thus he has been able to take upon a wide range of musical expressions, while all the same finding himself always at home and sharing generously of himself in musical interplay. In his own music he has a distinctive musical personality, and does not settle before finding his own way, where everything is to examined and nothing is taken for granted.