Composition by Emilia Amper

Emilia Amper loves heavy metal and rock music, so she wanted to play some on her nyckelharpa. After being extremely moved and inspired by a concert with the Norwegian hard rock/metal drummer Kenneth Kapstad, she started composing Kapad. Emilia dedicates the tune to Kenneth and Vigdis Sjelmo, another great Norwegian rock drummer that she played with some years ago when she lived in Norway. Kapad means “hijacked” or “cut” and refers to Kenneth’s last name but also the way his intense music just blew Emilia away. Emilia first made the arrangement for the world famous chamber orchestra The Trondheim Soloists when she was going to perform with them. Later, a dream came true when she could try this whole piece with a full nyckelharpa orchestra in the CADENCE project! Nyckelharpa power!

Download sheet music "Kapad"

Emilia Amper (Sweden)

(*1981) is a nyckelharpa player, singer and composer from Sweden, and winner of the World Championships of Nyckelharpa 2010. She has performed all over the world solo and with Swedish and Nordic folk music groups (like Absolut Trio and Blink), Persian classical musicians, jazz and pop/rock musicians (such as Jon Lord from Deep Purple) and the Norwegian chamber orchestra The Trondheim Soloists (with whom she won the Norwegian Grammy Spellemannsprisen 2011).
She is a popular music and dance teacher as well as dance musician in Sweden and abroad, a former student and now member of the board at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Tobo, and she has a Bachelor in Musicology with a special in composition from the University in Trondheim, a Bachelor in Swedish Folk Music/Nyckelharpa from the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm and a Nordic Master in Folk Music (with studies in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway).
Her musical passions are polskas, bowing technique, expression and dance groove, and her playing style has been described as dynamic, elegant and groovy.