Jo Asgeir Lie is a versatile accordionist, composer and cultural administrator from the Hallingdal valley in Norway. He is currently employed as principal for the Ole Bull Academy in Voss. At the same time,he is one of the most prominent accordionists in Norway today, as performer, pedagogue and composer. Through his own performance, and through administrative work over the past 20 years, he has exerted great influence on today’s Norwegian folk music.
Jo Asgeir Lie performs both at home and abroad. He has been soloist on several occasions with symphony orchestras, bands and choirs. Autumn 2015 he released two solo CDs, Song to the North Wind and Sun and Mist.
CHAMBER MUSICIAN and STUDIO MUSICIAN
Much of Jo Asgeir Lie’s work has been in association with the folk music group called Kvarts [Quartz].This ensemble, founded in 1998, has toured both nationally and internationally. Kvarts has recorded seven albums, two of which were awarded Spellemannprisen [The Norwegian Grammy Award]. Kvarts has worked together with many other musicians, and also had successful collaboration with, KORK, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. In association with Kvarts, Jo Asgeir has composed music for theater, as well as works commissioned for several festivals. In 2012 he was one of the main musicians on a folk music CD called Til himmelsmed gangar og pols [To Heaven with Gangar and Pols].The CD was recorded at a religious service in Ål, Hallingdal, for which Lie had composed the liturgical music. 2015 was Jo Asgeir’s year for solo productions: the two CDs called Song to the North Wind and Sun and Mist. These present the total span of his musical universe, as a performer and as a composer and arranger. Song to the North Wind consists of traditional music and compositions in folk style, whereas all of the music on Sun and Mist is composed by Jo Asgeir Lie. His music reflects influences from a variety ofstyles and genres, absorbed from music he has worked with and been inspired by. Jazz chords meet folk ballads, and meld with folk music inspiration from various parts of the world.
As a studio musician Jo Asgeir Lie has contributed to some 30 recordings of various genres, and has collaborated with well-known Norwegian performers, among them Ole Paus, Stein Torleif Bjella and Jonas Fjeld.
He and Ingunn Stræte Lie comprise an accordion duo that is currently (2016) working on a new CD. Jo Asgeir participated on Olav Luksengård Mjelva’s CD album called Fele / Hardingfele / Røros / Hallingdal (2009) for which Mjelva was awarded Spellemannprisen. In summer 2015 he presented an album of Norwegian and Swedish folk music in collaboration with Swedish folk saxophonist Pär Moberg,