Elise Boeur and Nate Sabat play traditional music from a place where the sun forgets to rise. Bringing their profound love of folk music and their extensive jazz training together, Boeur (Violin, Hardingfele) and Sabat (Upright Bass) reach into the depths of the Norwegian and Swedish folk traditions to bring out the inner pulse. Exploring the microtonality and flexible time at the heart of old fiddle tunes, in the unusual duo setting of violin and bass, these young musicians play with power and delicacy.
ABOUT BOEUR SABAT
Originally trained as a classical vocalist, Nate Sabat is now in growing demand as a bassist on the Boston bluegrass / new acoustic scene. Sabat brings his complex, highly personal harmonic sensibility to this collaboration. Elise Boeur has nurtured a passion for Scandinavian folk music for many years, studying traditional fiddle and hardingfele at Høgskolen i Telemark in Norway, and on visits to folk-rich areas in Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Boeur and Sabat met in Eugene Friesen’s World Strings ensemble at Berklee College of Music. This innovative, dynamic chamber orchestra was the perfect environment for their musical connection to flourish, and they continue to collaborate with the World Strings, performing Sabat’s orchestral arrangement of one of their pieces with the group in Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Connecticut as well as around Massachusetts.