Annbjorg Lien

Baba Yaga

BY David LewisPublished May 1, 2000

One of the most celebrated new age folk singers in Norway, Lien’s third North American CD release ranges from the compelling trip-hop of “Loki,” “Iriandia,” “Astra,” “Inoque” and the East Indian fusion of the title track to the Celtic rhythms of “Old Larry,” “January” and “Ritual.” “Aja” is an astonishing fusion of African motifs, throat singing and an almost manic bluegrass hoedown mode. In addition to her haunting voice, this Norse wizard woman is an atmospheric violin player who knows how to create a compelling hybrid of traditional forms and exciting new age fusion.

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