Named after the Norse goddess of love, Freya is a musical duo that emanates the essence of their namesake with every note. With intertwining melodies and exquisite harmonies, the duo has taken their serendipitous convergence and created a distinct and original flavour that evokes the passion, anguish and natural beauty that rests at the heart of their music. Noel Fudge combines fingerpicking, strumming, percussive techniques and a range of alternative tunings that together demonstrate compositional mastery and stand alone as stunning, but invite the intricately woven string melodies of partner/co-writer Martine denBok. Known primarily as an accomplished classically trained musician and Principal Second Violinist of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, her lush, sensuous tone and melodic characters will pull at all kinds of your heart strings. Together, the duo form an unmistakably unique sound that is fresh, and timeless.
Since their union in 2015, Freya been busy writing and performing throughout the West Kootenay and beyond. Amidst balancing parenting, teaching and symphony schedules, the duo has performed a West Kootenay Health Arts Tour, a handful of art openings and over 30 community events. They were feature performers at the Hills Garlic Festival, and participated in a week-long documentary project on Alps Alturas. Most notably, the group has received glowing responses for their house concert performances. With welcoming personas, heartwarming prefaces to their songs and a strong connection to audiences, house concert venues are the perfect stage for this affable duo. Their recently released self-titled debut album is available here, in local stores, and on iTunes.
Martine denBok is a classically trained, professional violinist with a captivating stage presence and a ‘spine-tingling’ tonal colour palette. A natural born musician who began violin lessons at the age of three, Martine has now performed as concertmaster for over twenty operas with Edmonton’s ‘Opera Nuova Orchestra’, spent three seasons playing next to Juno nominated Pablo Diemecke with Victoria’s ‘Die Mahler String Quartet’ and played first violin for Edmonton’s popular and eclectic ‘StringBeans Quartet’. She holds a Masters of Music in Violin Performance, and is the Principal Second Violinist of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Now a resident of New Denver BC, Martine is a busy multi-instrumentalist and collaborator, most notably with her acclaimed duo, ‘Freya’ – a group known for their heartfelt and spell-binding instrumental compositions and sweet vocal harmonies. Their debut album was released in the spring of 2017. Aside from performing, Martine maintains a busy teaching studio, and is on faculty with the Valhalla Summer School of Music.
Noel Fudge is a versatile contemporary composer, whose compositional talent knows no bounds. He studied performance at Vancouver Community College, and holds a BFA in composition from Simon Fraser University, where he began developing his portfolio of compositions which range from film scores to choral and orchestral works, to singer-songwriter and instrumental music. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist with an extensive performance background, which includes 5 years with the band Crop Circle, a group that received extensive radio play, toured Western Canada, and opened for ZZ top and Bif Naked. He is the producer and recording engineer for his home studio, ‘Fudge Music Factory’ and is an admired and reputable guitar instructor of 25 years. Noel presently spends his time as a singer and masterful guitarist. His current projects include the composition of the live soundtrack for the theatrical performances of Art Joyce’s “Dead Crow Prologue”, composing short film scores with iCandyFilms, and most notably, his work with the popular West Kootenay based guitar/violin duo, Freya. Their debut album was released in the spring of 2017.