FFE Magazine

Filipino Talent and Spirit of Camaraderie Shines in Norway's Foerde Festival

Members of the Philippine delegation with their new musician friends from Indonesia and Norway

Weeks after the Førde Traditional and World Music Festival wrapped up, the Philippine delegates to the festival continue to hum and listen to recordings of the Norwegian and Indonesian songs they learned. The new music pieces they created during the festival are likewise still fresh in their memories — although these songs were performed for just a few days, they will forever be heard and replayed in the minds of the young musicians who joined the festival’s Talent Project.

Philippine Talents with Hilde Bjørkum, Artistic and Managing Director of Førdefestivalen

The Talent Project: Promotion and appreciation of other music cultures

The Talent Project is an annual music project that forms part of the Førde Traditional and World Music Festival’s lineup. The Talent Project was created to promote camaraderie and collaboration among young and promising musicians from Norway and two other countries – this year, from the Philippines and Indonesia. Through this project, the festival not only supports and promotes the careers of the musicians – it also becomes a venue for the development of the musician’s talent and his or her appreciation of other music cultures.

Sivert Holmen of Norway and Sabrina Tan of the Philippines rehearsing a music and dance collaboration of Pols and Igal, dance traditions from the Norway and the Philippines respectively

This year’s Talent Project 2013 was led by renowned flutist, fiddler and composer Steinar Ofsdal of Norway and multi-instrumentalist and composer Ismet Ruchimat of Indonesia. Their task was to direct the young musicians in the formation of three new music pieces that showcased all the instruments and traditions of Norway, the Philippines and Indonesia. The collaboration was difficult in the beginning because of the unique music tradition of each country. The playing styles of the musicians were stretched and they struggled to adapt to the rhythms and melodic patterns of a music piece. However, once the rhythm and the melody were established, embellishing the piece with other instruments, no matter the origin, became easy.