Nils Økland's new album "Monograph" is out on ECM. This is a solo album with 13 tracks, and all of them with more than a hint of Norwegian folk music. Økland plays fiddle, Hardanger fiddle and Viola d'amore. Even if a solo violin album with some Norwegian folk might scare you, I'm quite sure you're able to stomach this one. This one's good both as background music and for concentrated listening. A great album! More on Økland's "Monograph" at Ballade.