A dive deep into the art of boat building and the Bronze Age.
Evidence suggests that Os has been an important and strategic Nordvegen port, with a wealth of artefacts dating from the early Stone Age and burial places visible from the sea. Bjørnson and Selvik make a point of this in their performance, along with the rich boatbuilding traditions of the area and Bronze Age rock art.
The performance is divided into two separate parts. At 17:00 at Solstrand Hotel & Bad the history of Os is presented in a lecture and a walk to Oseana, where the concert itself starts at 19:00.
The lecture and walk at Solstrand Hotel & Bad is free of charge, open to all and lasts approximately one hour. In case of large numbers, those with tickets to the Oseana concert will be given preference. It is possible to park at Oseana and take a boat from Os Quay to Solstrand at 16:30.
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 Oseana Kunst- og Kultursenter
Book concert tickets and accommodation together at Solstrand Hotel & Bad
Shuttle boat Os kai by Oseana–Solstrand: 50. Buy the ticket on the boat.
English/Norwegian/Norse without surtitles.
Most Nordvegen concert are outdoors, please dress according to the weather.
TRANSPORT, PARKING AND ACCOMMODATION
Nordvegen: Ullensvang, Thursday 25 May
Nordvegen: Bekkjarvik, Saturday 27 May
Nordvegen: Moster, Monday 05 June
Hugsjá, Wednesday 31 May in Grieghallen
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 fylkeskommune