Tove de Fries and piano player Malene D. Beck first performed as a
duo in 2001. During this time Malene was teaching at the Carl Nielsen
Academy of Music (on the Isle of Fyen), where Tove was a student.
Here they discovered that as traditional players they had a great
deal in common. Throughout their youth they were both intro-duced
to some of Denmark's finest traditional musicians.
father, Niels de Fries was a traditional fiddler who played for
numerous dances throughout Jutland. Tove travelled to many of these
dances and eventually began to play with her father. Malene has
known several traditional players during her life. The fiddler Viggo
Gade, from north of Jutland, was a part of her daily life as a child.
With this innocent introduction to this music they both developed
a natural ability, and a natural affinity for the great old Danish
repertoire of "de Fries and D.Beck" includes Polkas, Mazurkas,
Waltzes, Sonderhonings, Hopsas, Menuets and Hamborgers, collected
from the various regions of Jutland. Many of their melodies were
learned by Tove from the repertoire of her father.
Fries and D.Beck" are currently performing for dances, concerts
and workshops throughout Denmark, and abroad.
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