In what could be described as a new wave of young Norwegian tango musicians, violinist Karl Espegard and bandoneonist Åsbjørg Ryeng are at the forefront, collaborating with some of the leading figures of the genre such as Omar Mollo, Juan Villarreal, and Chino Laborde. The duo’s virtuoso and emotional performances have won the heart of audiences throughout Europe and Argentina, whether playing traditional tango or the haunting music of Astor Piazzolla.
Åsbjørg Ryeng is emerging as a pre-eminent Nordic exponent of the bandoneon, performing around the world with a repertoire spanning from classical and contemporary music to popular and folk music. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, and the Trondheim Soloists. Specializing in Argentine Tango, Åsbjørg has collaborated and recorded with groups including El Muro Tango, Tangueros del Norte, and Los Osos Polares. She has studied with some of the legends of the bandoneon world, including Juan José Mosalini, Julio Pane, Pablo Mainetti, and Victor Lavallen.
Karl Espegard is a violinist from Drammen, Norway. He works with some of Norway’s most prominent theaters such as Det Norske Teatret and Nationaltheatret. Karl is a founding member of the international tango ensemble El Muro Tango, with whom he released the album «Nostálgico» in 2018 to great acclaim in the international press. His concert activities have taken him around the world, playing in prestigious concert halls like Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Moscow International House of Music, and Konzerthaus München.