Fnugg Blue is a development of Øystein Baadsvik’s composition Fnugg for solo tuba (2002), recorded on ‘Tuba Carnival’ [BIS-CD-1285] and already a modern classic among tuba-players all over the world. Baadsvik has described Fnugg as ‘how it may sound when I play with the various sounds of the tuba. It’s an im- provisation with elements from the Australian Aboriginal instrument didgeridoo and Norwegian folk music. The techniques I use are multiphonics (to sing and play simultaneously) and my own invention “Lip Beat” (percussive tuba). Fnugg is a Norwegian word describing something very small and weightless, such as a snowflake.’ The composer Svein H. Giske later expanded Fnugg into a work for tuba, brass band and synthesizer which was first performed at the the gala concert of the European Brass Band Championship in Bergen in May 2003.
Musically Fnugg Blue displays the archetypal force and rhythmic drive that characterize Norwegian folk music.