Duo exploring the particular sound match of the viola and accordion.
In the spring of 2007 I went to Berlin for a week to visit my good friend Asbjørn Nørgaard, violist in the Danish String Quartet. During the first couple of days we managed to check out quite a few absinth bars, but little did we know, that our fervent late-night debates on music would actually end up in the formation of a professional viola-accordion duo by the end of the week.
The combination of viola and classical accordion is virtually unknown, but the two instruments’ sound worlds complement each other remarkably well. Realising this, we set out to explore a new musical landscape and named the project Inviolata, Latin for ‘untouched’.
We recently released our first cd, INVIOLATA BACH, presenting our own transcriptions of J. S. Bach’s amazing gamba sonatas.
We really do love the music from the old Leipziger master, but we also soak ourselves in music by Machaut, Pärt, Britten, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Piazzolla and new commissions. Perhaps our next cd project will include Shostakovich’s Sonata op. 40…?
Below is the slightly ironic (!) presentation video we made for the release of INVIOLATA BACH.