The crash of waves from the Norse era in an innovative major work.
The shipping route Nordvegen – the origin of the name Norway – was for three thousand years what connected Norway to the world and the world to Norway. Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) take us on a spectacular journey along this route (see map) in a musical declaration of love to Norwegian coastal culture and Norse history. In the concert series Nordvegen Bjørnson and Selvik further develop their successful performance Skuggsjá, which they composed for the bicentenary of the Norwegian constitution in 2014. In each of the four ports of call the unique history of the place, from the Stone Age to the present day, is related in words and music. What can the local identity of these four communities along the west coast tell of greater national identity? Instruments from our own era are combined with goat’s horn, lyre, tagel (bowed) harp and other apparatuses from Norway’s earliest musical history, and Norse traditions are forcefully, gently and wisely woven into the music of today. Each performance is distinctive, with local forces, local identities and different music. The Nordvegen concerts create an acoustic and intimate basis for the grandiose commissioned work Hugsjá, which will receive its world premiere in Grieghallen on Wednesday 31 May. Bjørnson and Selvik have both won national and international awards for their music, including several Spellemann prizes, the Norwegian Grammy. Selvik is also a co-composer of the music for the television series Vikings.
The festival receives government grants from:Arts Council Norway, City of Bergen and Hordaland county.
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