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One Small Step (Janne Eraker / Vegar Vardal / Roger Arntzen): Gol Variations (Clean Feed)

A truly unique improvisational setting between three Norwegian artists--inspired tap dancer JanneEraker, fiddle player and vocalist Vegar Vardal and double bassist Roger Arntzen--finding an exuberant excitement through the percussion of body movement, strange and slippery vocalizations and two emphatic strings; virtually indescribable and absolutely enthralling.

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UPC: 5609063006100

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF610
Squidco Product Code: 32668

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Gol Stave Church, at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, in Oslo, Norway, on June 2nd, 2021, by Audun Strype.


Janne Eraker-tap dance

Vegar Vardal-fiddle, vocal

Roger Arntzen-double bass

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"Janne Eraker is a tap dancer with a background in modern and contemporary dance. She works as a musician and dance artist in projects in Norway and abroad. Eraker uses her dancing body as an instrument, and improvises with the rhythms and tonalities of tap dance. It's a musical and a bodily expression at the same time. She loves to explore and challenge what tap dance can express, especially when working with collaborators from other areas. Fruitful, inspiring and mind blowing things happen when she meets musicians from all genres, contemporary dancers, visual artists, dramaturges, slam poets and directors.

Both out of practical necessity and artistic curiosity, Eraker investigates the possibilities of amplifying, modifying and recording the sound of tap dance. Much like an acoustic guitar becoming an electric guitar, this results in new sounds and ways of using the instrument. In the duo Øy and the performance installation Tap Noir she goes further to trigger samples, sounds and light via contact microphones on the floor. She has also "played" the full size organ of Stavanger Concert House via wireless microphones attached to her shoes. In 2022 Eraker is recording an album together with 11 musicians, and one of the goals is to find different and satisfying ways to record the sound of tap dance.

Eraker received a 3 year Artist grant from Arts Council Norway (2015-2017), and is the first tap dancer to be included as a musician in the Norwegian Jazz Forum and to be employed by the Alliance for Actors and Dancers. She's also leading the studio collective Dansens Haus, which resides in a 70m2 studio in the heart of Oslo."

-Janne Eraker Website (

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"Vegar Vårdal is a musician, dancer and composer with more than 20 years experience of performing as well as working as an educator. Vegar lives in Vågå in Gudbrandsdalen, but has the whole of Norway and the world as his working place. He plays both regular and Hardanger fiddle, with education from the Norwegian Academy of Music. Vegar is characterized as an energetic, playful and versatile musician - and moves across a wide range of genres. 

Vegar was awarded "Norwegian Folk Musician of the year" in 2020."

-The Folk Music Academy (

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"Studied music at the University of Oslo from 1998-1999 and at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo from 1998-2006. He is known from the piano trio In The Country, who was awarded "Young Jazz Musicians Of The Year 2004" in Norway. The trio has released three albums on the Norwegian indie-label Rune Grammofon to much acclaim. He is a regular together with Shining-leader Jørgen Munkeby with the noise-rock-jazz-quartet Chrome Hill and has teamed up with Chrome Hill-drummer Torstein Lofthus as two thirds of Håvard Stubø Trio. He has also worked with downtown NYC icon Marc Ribot and pedal-steel guitarist Bob Hoffnar, and other international artists such as Neil Metcalfe, Terry Day, John Russell, Sidsel Endresen, Susanna Wallumrød og Stian Carstensen."

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track listing:

1. Morning 3:20

2. Heija 13:46

3. Yarny 16:36

4. Untangling 2:23

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"When as a label curator you get music as unique as this it means you can still be surprised after 20 years of work releasing over 600 records. JanneEraker, tap dancer, Vegar Vardal fiddle player and vocalist and Roger Arntzen on double bass play some of the most magical music I have heard in years. While fully improvised, they seem to be playing some common music language only the three of them know. This will blow your mind as it did to mine."-Clean Feed

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