History in the area of the god of hunting.
Ullensvang takes its name from the god of hunting, Ullin. Places with names derived from Ullin were often religious centres and holy sites where people from the environs gathered for worship and ritual. In the beautiful surroundings of the outdoor amphitheatre the composers conjure up stories and traditions from both UIlensvang and the magnificent scenery around.
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 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.
Einar Selvik song, Kravik lyre, various historical instruments
Ivar Bjørnson guitars, effects, song
Iver Sandøy drums, percussion, song
Silje Solberg Hardanger fiddle, song
Håkon Vinje keyboard, song
TICKETS Tickets are also sold at Hotel Ullensvang one hour before the concert.
LANGUAGE English/Norwegian/Norse without surtitles.
Most Nordvegen concert are outdoors, please dress according to the weather.
TRANSPORT, PARKING AND ACCOMMODATION www.fib.no/venues
In collaboration with Agderforskning, Bekkjarvik Eiendom AS, Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri, Hotel Ullensvang, Lysverket, Moster Amfi, Oseana Kunst- og Kultursenter and Solstrand Hotel & Bad, supported by RFF Vestlandet.
Nordvegen concerts in Bekkjarvik 27 May, in Os 28 May and at Moster 05 June.
Hugsjá, Wednesday 31 May in Grieghallen
Afterparty: Hugsjá, Wednesday 31 May in Tårnsalen in Lysverket after the Grieghallen concert.
Supported by Hordaland County Council