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Frode Fjellheim Biography

Frode Fjellheim

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Born: 1959. Living in: Trondheim, Norway.

Frode Fjellheim lives in Trondheim, Norway and is a Norwegian musician (piano and synthesizer), composer and yoiker (performer of the traditional Sami vocal tradition). He is best known for his band Transjoik and for being the composer of the opening theme of the Disney movie "Frozen". Fjellheim was educated as a classical piano teacher, but has developed his own style as a performer and composer, combining elements from the traditional Sami tradition with elements from classical music, jazz, pop and rock. He has released several albums both as a solo artist, with his band Transjoik, and through various collaborations. Fjellheim also heads his own music company called Vuelie. He holds a professorate in music at Nord University.

Fjellheim was educated at the Classical program at Trøndelag Musikkonservatorium (1980-84). He lives in Trondheim, where he is a freelance musician and composer. He has been involved in productions at Trøndelag Teaterand Rikskonsertene. Among his commissioned compositions are, Sørsamar rundt Hardangervidda (Telemarkfestivalen 2003), Aejlies Gaaltije - The sacred Source (Festspillene i Nord-Norge 2000), and Àhkunjarga or Tøtta sitt ness (Vinterfestuka in Narvik 2006) Since 1997, he has also composed film scores for NRK and several short films. During the 1990s, he headed his namesake band Jazz Joik Ensemble, which later became Transjoik. Fjellheim was also a member of Tango Concertino. Mari Boine, Ulla Pirttijarvi, Katarina Barruk, Anne Vada, Hildegunn Øiseth, Iren Reppen, Ella Holm Bull and Tone Hulbaekmo are some of the other artists that Fjellheim has worked with. Fjellheim also heads his own music company called Vuelie, which publishes books, sheet music and CDs by a number of artists.

In 2004 he released the album Aejlies Gaaltije which contains the mass Arktisk Messe, commissioned by Festspillene in Harstad in 2000. Fjellheim has also written a book called Joik for kor ("Yoik for choirs") and a textbook on music rooted in joik

Fjellheim wrote the opening song "Vuelie" for Frozen, which was based on yoiking.(4)(5) The song is a slightly altered version of "Eatnemen Vuelie" ("Song of the Earth"), which was originally written in 1996. The film version is shorter and lacks the elements of the Christian hymn "Fairest Lord Jesus", which is an essential part of the version from 1996.(6) Fjellheim has subsequently received praise from the Norwegian Sami President for spreading yoik to new audiences

Fjellheim holds a professorate at Nord Universite

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