Sinikka Langeland

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Sinikka Langeland
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Sinikka Langeland at stage in 2016
Background information
Birth nameAnne Sinikka Langeland
Born (1961-01-13) 13 January 1961 (age 58)
Grue, Hedmark
GenresTraditional folk music,
world music, jazz
InstrumentsVocals, kantele
LabelsECM Records
Grappa Music

Sinikka Langeland (born 13 January 1961 in Grue, Norway) is a Norwegian traditional folk singer and musician (kantele), known for combining traditional music with elements of jazz.[1][2]


Langeland plays the Finnish National Instrument kantele, but she is also known for her "runesanger" and traditional "kveding". Langeland also teaches these instruments and song techniques. The work "Sammas Himmelsøyle" by langeland, was premiered with Trio Mediæval and Sinikka Langelands Ensemble Finnskogutstillingen in March 2012.[3] This work is based on Finnish mythology, and was commissioned for Finnskogutstillingen. The week after the premiere the work was performed again in "Gamle Aker kirke", during the Oslo International Church Music Festival.[4]

In 1996 Langeland was awarded Finnskogprisen. For the release Runoja she received the prestigious Edvardprisen in the class Music in the borderland in 2003. Together with Ove Berg she received the Norwegian-Finnish Cultural Fund Award in 2004 and in 2010 she was the trecipient of the Gammleng-prisen in the class Traditional folk music. In 2012 she received the Sibeliusprisen by Sibelius company in Norway.[5]

Langeland har vært nominert til Spellemannprisen (1997) in the class Traditional folk music, for the album Strengen var af røde guld and Spellemannprisen (2000) in the class Traditional folk music/traditional dance music, for the album Lille Rosa. She contributed on Dølajazz 2006 with poems by Hans Børli, performed together with the jazz musicians Arve Henriksen and Trygve Seim, as well as the Finnish musician Markku Ounaskari. Langeland lives in Grue at Finnskogen.

John Kellman of the All About Jazz magazine recognized Sinikka Langeland Ensemble's appearance at Vossajazz March 2013, as no. 2 of his "Best Live Shows of 2013".[6]


  • 1996: Finnskogprisen
  • 2003: Edvardprisen in the class Music in the borderland for the album Runoja
  • 2004: Norwegian-Finnish Cultural Fund Award
  • 2010: Gammleng-prisen in the class Traditional folk music
  • 2012: Sibeliusprisen


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1994: Langt Innpå Skoga (Grappa Music), with her own songs and music from Solør and Finnskogen
  • 1996: Strengen Var Af Røde Guld (Grappa Music), ballads and songs collected by Ludvig Mathias Lindeman in the summer of 1864
With Anders Jormin, Morten Halle, Peter Finger and Anders Engen
  • 1995: Har Du Lyttet Til Elvene Om Natta (Grappa Music), poems by Hans Børli
  • 2000: Lille Rosa, kjærlighetsballader (Grappa Music)
  • 2001: Tirun Lirun – Skogsfinske Runesanger (Finnskogen Kulturverksted)
With Arve Henriksen, Bjørn Kjellemyr and Pål Thowsen
  • 2002: Runoja, Runesanger Frå Finnskogen (Heilo/Grappa)
With Anders Jormin, Arve Henriksen, Markku Ounaskari and Trygve Seim
With Trygve Seim, Lars Anders Tomter and Markku Ounaskari


With Streif
  • 2000: Trollfugl (Lærdal Musikkproduksjon)
  • 2006: Nordic Winter (Ozella), with Birger Mistereggen, Georg Michael Reiss, Tom Karlsrud, Torbjørn Økland
With Kåre Nordstoga
  • 2004: Påskatona, Folk hymns / J. S. Bach. (Nordic Sound), including the Baroque organ at Nidarosdomen
  • 2005: Kyriekoral, Norwegian folk hymns and Bach chorales (Nordic Sound)
  • 2006: Hjartegangar (Nyrenning), with Knut Buen[9]
  • 2009: Maria's Song (ECM Records), including Lars Anders Tomter[10]
With other projects
  • 2002: Stjerneklang (Heilo), Norwegian folk melodies and Bach chorales Christmas with Andreas Liebig on the Wagner Organ from Nidarosdomen



  1. ^ Bitustøyl, Kjell. "Sinikka Langeland". Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b Kelman, John (14 August 2007). "Sinikka Langeland: Starflowers (2007) Track Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Konserter 1989 – 2012". Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  4. ^ ""Sammas Himmelsøyle"". Sinikka Langeland Web site. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Sibeliusprisen 2012 til Sinikka Langeland". Sinikka Langeland Web site. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  6. ^ Kelman, John (13 December 2013). "John Kelman's Best Live Shows of 2013". All About Jazz. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  7. ^ Kelman, John (23 November 2011). "Sinikka Langeland: The Land That Is Not (2011) Track Review". All About Jazz. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  8. ^ Fordham, John (22 September 2011). "Sinikka Langeland: The Land That Is Not – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Sinikka Langeland Discography". Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Sinikka Langeland Maria's Song". ECM Records. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Strengen var af røde guld – folkeviser" (in Norwegian). Norsk folkeminnelags skrifter. 1998. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Karhun emuu – gjendiktet av Sinikka Langeland" (in Norwegian). Aschehoug. 1997. Retrieved 28 September 2013.

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