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Jazz bassist Steinar Raknes and traditional yoiker Inga Juuso have created music that calms the icy plateau wind and makes the dark winter months seem snug and beautiful. In the duo Skaidi, Steinar Raknes and Inga Juuso tear jazz and yoik from their respective traditions and create a new, unrefined expression that transcends both traditions. The duo creates a distinctive musical landscape in which yoik and bass share equal pride of place.
Inga Juuso is known for her raw, direct presence and enthralling voice. She is one of Scandinavia’s leading yoikers and uses a self-taught traditional technique that has made her a sought-after artist the world over. Today she works as a regional yoiker in the Northern Norwegian county of Troms, and is unique in being the only full-time professional yoiker in the world. She has collaborated on several CD recordings and is also an experienced actor. ‘Yoik doesn’t only belong on mountain tops and in exotic places’, Inga states, and through her entire career, she has striven to develop and renew Sami musical tradition by experimenting with other musical genres.
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