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Indigenous Norwegian Magic: Marja Mortensson Trio

Marja Mortensson, a young South Saami yoiker and singer from Svahken Sïjte reindeer herding district, in Hedmark County (Norway), has a remarkable voice. Born into a reindeer herding family, Marja’s life, as well as her music, are both firmly rooted in the South Saami way of life. Her songs center different aspects of her indigenous Saami identity, e.g. the closeness and importance of the environment, as well as both her love for reindeer husbandry and her commitment to the protection and revitalization of the South Saami language.

Her trio with Daniel Herskedal (tuba/bass trumpet) and Jakop Janssønn (drums) uses her traditional songs as the foundation for a wonderfully stunning, minimal musical approach. With her unique and arresting voice center-stage, the trio gently moves and weaves; it’s a musical homage to an environment and way of life.

Saturday, March 21 at 8:00pm to 10:30pm

Creative Alliance at the Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA

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$20, $17 MEMBERS (+$3 service fee)



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