Ancient sagas and magnificent scenery in historical harmony.
Moster and Bømlo constitute an ideal starting point for a Nordvegen work: toolmakers were rife in the Stone Age and Vikings held court here. In this concert nature, prehistoric artefacts and sagas are all involved in shedding light on the cause of Moster being such an important place for king, priest and merchant.
As was the case in Bekkjarvik, Einar Selvik and Ivar Bjørnson are joined by author and doctor in Norse philology Bergsveinn Birgisson. With massive tones and lively descriptions they draw memories of long ago into the present age.
Every summer since 1984 Moster Amfi has presented the Mostra Play, a pageant of the kings of the Saga era. The Nordvegen concert concludes the weekend of the Mostra Play in Moster Amfi.
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 are also sold at Moster Amfi.
English/Norwegian/Norse without surtitles.
Most Nordvegen concert are outdoors, please dress according to the weather.
TRANSPORT, PARKING AND ACCOMMODATION
Nordvegen concerts in Ullensvang 25 May, in Bekkjarvik 27 May and in Os 28 May.
Hugsjá, Wednesday 31 May in Grieghallen
Afterparty: Hugsjá, Wednesday 31 May in Tårnsalen in Lysverket after the Grieghallen concert.
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.
Supported by Hordaland County Council