About Knut Buen

Knut Buen Gåte Gaate Folk
Photo: Knut Buen on the left, with Gåte to the right.

Knut Buen (1948) has played the Hardanger fiddle since the age of nine, and is one of the most important performers and collectors of traditional folk culture in Norway. Using traditional folk music as an inspiration, he has authored approximately 100 songs with original melodies, composed numerous pieces of fiddle music (slåtter) – he has about 300 unique musical compositions registered in Tono.

Knut Buen has been a lifetime government grant holder since 1989, and has been awarded numerous prizes including:


In 2017, he was made a Knight of the Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav, and a Professor II at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

“I consider every original and novel variation of traditional and new material as an important step forward for a musician.”

Knut Buen

Knut Buen says that he considers every original and novel variation of traditional and new material as an important step forward for a musician. Gåte sees this as indicative of an artist who is grounded in traditional folk music whilst having an open mind regarding new and modern impulses. Knut Buen is looking forward to further collaboration with Gåte, and is pleased to write new texts for the band. Gåte is extremely honoured to be working with an artist of such high standing and experience as Knut Buen.

Gåte riddle tour 2019 gaate

Concert Overview 2019

We will be playing at the following venues: 28.06 Uskedalen- Festidalen 12.07 Alvdal- Livestock 2019 13.07 Lakselv- Midnattsrocken 18.07 Molde- Molde International Jazz Festival – offisiell side 25.07 Arendal- Norsk

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Gåte Denmark Odense Aarhus København

Gåte is coming to Denmark!

Gåte is finally coming to Denmark! Tickets are available below 10.10 POSTEN Odense POSTEN TICKETS 11.10 TRAIN Aarnhus TRAIN TICKETS 12.10 PUMPEHUSET København PUMPEHUSET TICKETS

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Gåte Huldra Post Image

Music Video: Huldra

Composer and producer: Sveinung Sundli Co-producer and technician: Tore Dombu Lyrics: Knut Buen Vocals: Gunnhild Sundli Guitar and vocals: Magnus Børmark Bass and vocal: Mats

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Gåte live på Storås

Gåte at Storås

 If you are lucky enough to live in Norway you can watch the whole concert live on NRK2 22:10 this Friday, or just follow

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Music Video Kom No Disjka

Music Video: Kom no Disjka

‘Kom no Disjka’ is taken from the new album, Svevn, out november 2, 2018. Created by Ragnarok Film:https://www.ragnarok-film.comDirector: Ole Fredrik WanneboDOP: Arne Vidar StoltenbergLights: David

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About Knut Buen

“I consider every original and novel variation of traditional and new material as an important step forward for a musician.”

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