Johanna was born in Berlin in December 1989, shortly after the Fall of the Wall. As the daughter of a young artist couple from East Germany, she grew up in the midst of radical political change and creative playfulness in the backyards of Prenzlauer Berg. During her adolescence in small-town Brandenburg she practiced all sorts of performing arts, from theatre and dancing to playing instruments. Singing proved to be her biggest passion, but having been raised on the breadline, it was never a serious option for her to get into a creative career. Only when she was in her mid-twenties and had a Master’s degree in environmental economics in her pocket, did she dare journey into the unknown but tempting world of music education and workmanship. In summer 2016, Johanna packed her essentials on a bicycle and cycled to Norway, where she sought time and focus for music, far away from the distractions of a cultural metropolis.
Read more about Johanna:
- Interview by freelance journalist Caroline Schmitt, jan 2018:
- Article by Anne-Sophie Balzer in ZEIT Campus, nov/dec 2019 (in german):
- Article by Franzi Häußner in Rhizom 29 magazine, feb 2020 (in german):
THE STRENGTH OF A SPIRITUAL PLACE -
arises, above all, from the length of the path that leads to it.
Johanna developed a passion for playing the hardanger fiddle in the small mountain town of Rauland, southern Norway. She spent three years studying and practicing traditional Norwegian music in the department for Folk Arts at the University College of Southeast Norway. Teachers and mentors who have stimulated her musical inquiry at the institute include Ånon Egeland, Anders Røine & Tellef Kvifte. Listening to the performers Valkyrien Allstars, Sudan Dudan, Benedicte Maurseth and Erlend Apneseth also shaped her musical curiosity significantly.
After graduating from university in 2019, Johanna spent three more years in Telemark and moved to the city of Bergen, western Norway, in the fall of 2022. She continues her musical quest exploring elements of traditional music as the main source of inspiration for her work. Her passion for eco-activism and her curiosity about the creative process made her produce her first full-length documentary film. She is active in the local folk music and dance scene and is a student of the master hardanger fiddle player Knut Hamre.