Bjørn Berge: Mad fingers

Norwegian guitarist and singer Bjørn Berge plays here “Mad Fingers Ball”, one of the five instrumental songs and the title track of his new album. The guitar is a Cole Clark Fatlady 2A, and he has also a 12 string version of the same instrument.

Here is some information taken from his official website:
After having released a total of ten studio albums of which two have won a Grammy (“Stringmachine” in 2001 and “Illustrated Man” in 2002), Bjørn Berge is going to release his new album “Mad Fingers Ball” on 22 February 2013. The artist with the acoustic guitar has interpreted not only known and unknown songs for the new album in his own way; he has also mixed these with five instrumental songs written by him. On the new album the unique finger play of Bjørn Berge is shown to its fullest advantage and is reinforced by the unusually harsh and deep voice of Bjørn Berge. 
During his career he has gained an excellent reputation as a guitarist. The last 15 years he worked primarily as a solo artist what gives him more opportunities for interpretations and improvisations in the studio, as well as live on stage. Bjørn`s music combines several genres which are not easy to categorize; it combines Blues, Jazz or Folk with strong elements of Rock and Funk. 
With his special “fingerstyle” Bjørn Berge became a popular artist on various stages in Europe. He has developed an outstanding reputation as an artist with his virtuosity also in Canada, the U.S. and Russia where he is playing regularly at Rock, Jazz and Blues guitar festivals. 
Bjørn Berge played at festivals like Roskilde Festival (DK), Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest (CAN), Versailles Jazz Festival (FR), Nice Guitar Festival (FR), Nuits de la Guitarra, Patrimonio (FR – Corsica), Shepherd’s Bush Empire (UK), Arezzo Wave Love Festival (IT), Basel Guitar Festival (CH), Notodden Blues Festival (NO), Burg Herzberg Festival (DE), Koktebel Jazz Festival (UKR) and Peace Festival (RUS) just to name a few. 
Live on stage he is mainly playing his own compositions, but also interpretations of artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Butler Trio, Joni Mitchell and Motörhead.
By Miche Archetto

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