Arve Moen Bergset was born in 1972. As a five-year-old his family settled in Vinje in Telemark, a county with strong traditions concerning Norwegian traditional music. He has learned from many sources, the most important is Sondre Bratland who he began taking singing lessons from at the age of eight.
Arve Moen Bergset had his kveding (Norwegian traditional folk singing) debut during the broadcasted national gramophone prize show in 1987. One year later he won the Norwegian Grammy award in the category of traditional music for the record "Arvesølv". With the group "Bukkene Bruse" (the Billy Goats Gruff), Bergset was selected to be an OG musician, related to the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. This group is still going and have made three recordings.
He has as a violinist played with, among others, Oslo and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1990 he won the first price in a national competition for young string players, and received one year later the second soloist compotition of the Norwegian Youth Orchestra.
Bergset studied violin with, among others, Lars Anders Tomter and Leif Jørgensen. In 1995 he received a "Higher diploma of chamber music with solo instrument included" at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. As a traditional folk singer and violinist he has won several prices and participated in many TV -and Radio productions. Bergset is one of the artistic leaders of "Vinterfestspill I Bergstaden", a music festival which appears once a year in Røros in Norway.
(Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 68, CD)
Arve Møen Bergset This 35 min. CD of "Family Silver" should be in the collection of every admirer of the vocal art and in particular those interested in the capabilities of the boy's voice. Here we have a 14-year-old's brilliant, rich, vibrant voice displaying easy production, exemplary diction, excellent legato phrasing, perfect intonation and a born musician's total mastery of his material. The folksongs cover a wide range of moods and the CD insert includes full texts of the original Norwegian (but no translations - the summaries below aim only to give the general sense). (BJP)
Little Kirsty, a beautiful maid, rode north to the mountains where there was singing & dancing. "Will you follow me to my mountain home?" said the Mountain King. "No, I cannot, for my mother sits at home waiting for me." "All that you desire you will get from me!" And to her mother she never more would come. Sometimes in the wind & the rain is heard a sighing from deep chasms in the northern mountains where there is singing & dancing.
Queen Ingeborg's twelve brothers were heroes without equal, who could control the weather & tides, swim like a fish, stand on waves, play a golden harp to which all must dance, blow a horn so that all hearing it feared, capture a dragon . . . This say I and it is true: their like is not found in Norway's land.
Sitting by the open cottage fire on her stool Grandma told me stories of animals, trolls & water-sprites, enchanted castles, maidens & strong,lively boys who struck trolls as if scything hay. She was so kind of heart when I was good.
Guro rode to matins through the dark valley, under moon & stars. She took holy water to protect herself from evil. Tor waited for her under the lime tree & took her in his arms; before parting they exchanged promises of fidelity.
Long ago proud Margaret bore the Mountain King three children; then she heard Bøherad's church bell ring and longed to visit her parents' home again. Her happy father met her outside and led her to her mother's chair. But the Mountain King came after her: "Are you not coming home to your children tonight?" "Farewell now to all in my house; now I shall never see you more." On her grey horse she shed more tears than the horse had hairs.