A Nordic national treasure with a soundscape that spans centuries.
Einar Selvik is a Norwegian composer and musician. He is also the founding figure behind the music constellation 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, Selvik has moved the boundaries of musical genres and given a new voice to the thoughts and tools of the past.
Wardruna has gained worldwide recognition for their innovative musical expression, and Selvik has even provided music for the popular HBO series Vikings. Together with Ivar Bjørnson, Selvik was also the architect behind the critically acclaimed Bergen International Festival project Nordvegen which spanned several years.
During this year's festival, Selvik takes us on a musical journey that is a little different to Wardruna's normally massive soundscape. Instead, he presents a more stripped-down and direct expression where vocal use, lyrics and instruments such as kraviklyre, the oldest known string instrument in Norway, jouhikko, a two- or three-stringed bowed lyre traditionally used in Finland and in Karelia, Russia and buckshorn, also known as billy goat horn, all play key roles.
This concert will also be broadcast on NRK and bt.no