Frode Fjellheim was educated in the classical program at Trøndelag Musikkonservatorium (1980–84). He lives in Trondheim, where he is a freelance musician and composer. He has been involved in productions at Trøndelag Teaterand Rikskonsertene. Among his commissioned compositions are, Sørsamar rundt Hardangervidda (Telemarkfestivalen 2003), Aejlies Gaaltije – The sacred Source (Festspillene i Nord-Norge 2000), and Àhkunjárga or Tøtta sitt ness (Vinterfestuka in Narvik 2006). Since 1997, he has also composed film scores for NRK and several short films. During the 1990s, he headed his namesake band Jazz Joik Ensemble, which later became Transjoik. Fjellheim was also a member of Tango Concertino. Fjellheim heads his own music company, Vuelie, which publishes books, sheet music and CDs by a number of artists. In 2004 he released the album Aejlies Gaaltije which contains the mass Arktisk Messe, commissioned by Festspillene in Harstad in 2000. Fjellheim has written a book called “Joik for kor” (“Yoik for choirs”) and a textbook on music rooted in joik.
Fjellheim wrote the opening song Vuelie for the film Frozen, which was based on yoiking. The song is a slightly altered version of Eatnemen Vuelie (Song of the Earth), which was originally written in 1996.
Frode Fjellheim At Sound Symposium XIX*
- Concert — Saturday, July 7 at 8:00pm (LSPU Hall)
- Workshop, Scandinavian Yoiking — Sunday, July 8 at 10:00am (LSPU Hall)
*Times and locations subject to change.