What others have said about Transjoik? Jazz News, for example, said this:
Just stretch your arms in the air and cheer. This music grabs the soul, pulls you up from the autumn darkness, fills your body with joy and swings you around and colors your life in deep red colors.
Their CD Uja Nami was nominated for the Spellemann Prize, and on the CD Bewafá they bring with them the singer Sher Miandad Khan from Lahore in Pakistan. Parts of the CD are actually recorded there!
Transjoik creates music that is exciting, vital, and powerful! Song, throat joiking, a muezzin’s call to prayer, rap, or recitation? Transjoik consists of four musicians who use the human voice in a way you’ve never heard before. Derived from old joik recordings on wax cylinders, the group’s music establishes a mood that is at once modern and timeless and suggestive.
The vocal phrasing is reinforced by two drum sets, synth, electronic loops, and bass guitar. If one must speak in terms of musical categories, electronic, ambient, and trance are possible points of comparison. Of course, the term “world music” may also be used. Whatever the genre, Transjoik has taken it a step beyond.
In recent years, Transjoik has inspired a number of colleagues in the music business worldwide. One result of this is the “Remix Project,” in which performers and producers such as Transglobal Underground, Aki Nawaz/FunDaMental, and DJ Mutamassik (Egypt/New York) have made remixes of the group’s music.Transjoik has now integrated these remixes into its concerts – where its audiences can often be found at the foot of the stage, dancing ecstatically.
They have toured in Scandinavia, Europe, USA and Canada and have established themselves as one of the most exciting projects in the world where folk music meets new urban expressions.
Frode Fjellheim (synth/vocals)
Nils-Olav Johansen (guitar/vocals)
Snorre Bjerck (drums/vocals)
Anders Bitustøyl (bass)
Tor Haugerud (drums / vocals - member from the beginning and on all album releases)
Mattis Kleppen (bass on several live projects)
Sher Miandad Khan (vocals on Bewafá)
Håvard Lund (bass clarinet, clarinet and soprano saxophone on Mahkalahke)
Torbjørn Hillersøy (bass on Mahkalahke)