Johan Sara

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Johan Sara
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Sara in Aarhus, Denmark
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Background information
Born 1963 (age 54–55)
Alta, Norway
Origin Norway
Genres Yoik, electronica, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar, percussion, vocals
Labels DAT

Johan Sara, Jr. (born 1963) is a Sami musician (guitar and yoik) and a central Sami composer, producer, teacher, music arrenger, actor and performer of contemporary music with roots in the Sami tradition.[1][2]


Sara Jr. was born and raised in Alta, and studied classical guitar at the Music Conservatory in Tromsø, as well as music pedagogics. He taught music at the Sami University College in Kautokeino. Sara jr. is the leader of Johan Sara Jr. Group, who released Ovcci vuomi ovtta veaiggis (1995). With a new line up (Geir Lysne wind instruments, Knut Aalefjær drums, Erik Halvorsen keyboards) came the release Boska (2003), with a musical expression described as punk-joik-jazz.[3] The next album is called Orvoš (2009) with the J. S. Jr. Group.[1][4]

The orchestra has an extensive list of international touring. In 2010 he toured Japan, where he played for sold-out houses in Osaka and Tokyo, where he would hold a total of four concerts.[5] In the summer of 2011 he played the Roskilde Festival, where he received massive applause from a lofty festival audiences for his jazzey yoik with a band consisting of among others Terje Johannessen.[6][7][8] The same year he was awarded the Edvard Prize 2011, from TONO, for the album Transmission – Rievdadus in open class under Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival.[9] The jury rationale states among others:Soundscape of natural sounds, voices, breathing and occasional heavy rhythms fuse into exciting music. It is unpredictable, Johan Sara Jr invites us on a journey, and we want to follow. From the minimalist to the great epic, all rooted in something we can all recognize ourselves in – namely, our roots. ...

Sara Jr. has also written music for radio and theater, most recently for the Hålogaland Teater (Idag og i morgen, 2005).


Edvard-prisen 2010 for the album "Transmission – Rievdadus" in Open class


As band leader[edit]

As Johan Sara Jr. Group
  • 1995: Ovcci vuomi ovtta veaiggis (Nine Valleys in one dusk) (DAT)
  • 2003: Boska (DAT)
  • 2009: Orvos (DAT)

Other projects[edit]

  • 1999: Calbmeliiba (Frozen Moments) (DAT), with Erik Steen, Inga Juuso, Jai Shankar Sahajpal, Rogelio De Badajoz Duran
  • 2008: Mino Mano (Stierdna), in Turkey
  • 2009: Ludiin Muitalan (Telling with Yoik) (DAT), with Ole Larsen Gaino
  • 2010: Transmission – Rievdad (DAT)[10]


  1. ^ a b "Johan Sara i bilder" (in Norwegian). Aust-Agder Bibliotek og Kulturformidling. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Tradition vs. innovation – Johan Sara jr. renews Sami chanting tradition". Listen to Norway Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Punk fra vidda" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Orvoš – Ny plate fra Johan Sara jr. Group" (in Norwegian). Foreningen Samiske Komponister. Archived from the original on 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Spilte for utsolgte hus i Japan" (in Norwegian). NRK Sápmi. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  6. ^ "Johan Sara jr". Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  7. ^ "Johan Sara jr. til Roskilde" (in Norwegian). NRK Sápmi. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  8. ^ Svensen, Kristin (5 July 2011). "– Det var dritgøy" (in Norwegian). Tønsberg Blad. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Edvard-pris til Johan Sara Jr" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Johan Sara Jr. – Transmission – Rievdadus" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2012-12-12. 

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Preceded by
Nils Petter Molvær
Recipient of the "Open class" Edvardprisen
Succeeded by
Kjell Samkopf