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20 May - 03 June 2020

Einar Selvik

The Norwegian composer and artist Einar Selvik performs at two concerts at the 2020 Bergen International Festival. Watch the concerts anywhere for free - live and video on demand wherever you are. 

Einar Selvik performs at the medieval Håkonshallen on Thursday 21 May 

Watch Einar Selvik's Voluspá at the Opening Concert

Einar Selvik is also the creative head behind Wardruna, a project focusing on musical interpretations of different Old Norse and Nordic traditions.

Thanks to extensive research and use of a wide range of old Nordic instruments and lyrics placed in a contemporary soundscape, Einar Selvik has moved musical genre boundaries as well as given a new voice to the thoughts and tools of the past.

Wardruna has gained worldwide recognition for its innovative musical expression. Einar Selvik has even provided music for the popular TV-series Vikings and has recently been revealed as the composer writing the original songs for video game Assassin's Creed Valhalla, alongside the game’s composers Sarah Schachner and Jesper Kyd.

Together with Ivar Bjørnson, Einar Selvik was also the architect of the multi-year, critically acclaimed Bergen International Festival project Nordvegen.

During this year's festival, Einar Selvik will take part in the opening concert on 20 May together with an orchestra interpreting one of his most iconic songs “Voluspá” as well as play a full concert in the medieval Royal Hall Håkonshallen in Bergen on Thursday 21 May where he will perform songs over the span of his career including the new Song “Grà”.

The streams will take place as follows:

Opening Concert: 20 May, 08.30pm CET
Einar Selvik: 21 May, 9.00pm CET

Einar Selvik will perform with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian vocal ensemble Edvard Grieg Kor on 20 May. On 21 May he will be joined by numerous outstanding artists including members of Enslaved, Ivar Bjornson & Einar Selvik and of course Lindy-Fay Hella of Wardruna!

The concert will take us on a musical journey outside Wardruna's usually massive soundscape, and instead present a more stripped-down and direct expression where song and instruments such as Kravik-lyre, Bowed Lyre and Hardanger-fiddle play key roles.

Line-up for 21 May concert:

Einar Selvik vocals, kraviklyre, taglharpe, sotharpe
Ivar Bjørnson guitar
Iver Sandøy drums, percussion, vocals
Silje Solberg Hardanger fiddle, vocals
Håkon Vinje piano, vocals
Lindy-Fay Hella vocals


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