Seriously playful and playfully serious, Nina and the Butterfly Fish have done a metamorphosis into a Norwegian-language trio playing to kids’ sensibilities: Nina & Sommerfuglfiskene. Crafting songs as if from Lego bricks with the instructions thrown away; brightly-coloured, surprisingly shaped, adventurous and fragile – but locking together perfectly at every turn. It’s complex and surprising yet always accessible, bright, welcoming and – above all – fun.
The release’s colorful visual identity is drawn by Anette Moi, and is full of fun details inspired by Inger Hagerup’s fabulous literary world. The members’ background as jazz musicians adds improvisation and alternative playing techniques to the music.
Krokodilleruerfantegøyer contains texts from the Norwegian children’s poetry collections “Så Rart” (1950), “Lille Persille” (1961) and “Jeg gikk meg vill i skogene” (1939). Inger Hagerup’s children’s poems are still known by heart by every Norwegian child and an English translations of her poetry such as “Little Parsley” exist.
In 2016, Nina & Sommerfuglfiskene entered into a collaboration with “The Cultural Backpack” in Rogaland to produce a children’s concert with lyrics by Inger Hagerup. The result was a concert performance that has toured for several year, performing over three hundred school and festival concerts to date.