Have you ever heard the Hardanger fiddle playing Indian classical music or sarod playing Norwegian folk music? Not accompanied by a jazz drummer who adds psychedelic mysticism !!
Musically it’s a fusion of Indian classical music and Norwegian folk music. Some similarities exist within these genres as mentor-/ Guru-student tradition, resonant strings and that the music is not written in notes, and more.
Indian classical music:
Has it's roots in meditation music, and is referred to the oldest hindu scriptures. The different melodies (ragas) are time and seasonal dependents and said to affect different parts of the body and mind. Classical Indian music has one of the most complex and complete music systems in the world. Like western classical music, the octave is divided into twelve half-notes and seven basic notes, but in classical Indian music the notes are also tempered. In addition, it includes the microtonality in a system which the octave is divided into 22 parts, and it includes different and advanced polyrytmic patterns.
Norwegian Folk Music:
Traditionally music without a known composer. Folk music evolves through handover from one musician to another and was not written down and documented before the 19th/20th century. The Norwegian folk music originated in and was part of the old peasant community. Within this cultural context it used various genres involved for work and party. Some instruments were seasonal, such as willow flute. Many melodies (slaatter) came to be related to stories and legends, and it has been claimed that some of them had ritual meanings and could be very old.