This Autumn Norwegian folk band Wardruna will play live in the UK for the first time at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday 24th October 2013, with special guests Steindór Andersen and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
"I'm very glad to finally be performing in the UK and that one of the finest concert halls in England will house Wardruna. It has always been very important to me that our concerts are made within the right aesthetic conditions, where the places we play and our musical expression complement each other. Then we are in a much better position to create special moments both for us and for the audience". (Einar Kvitrafn Selvik - Wardruna)
Their recently released second album "Yggdrasil" has continued to garner the band excellent reviews and an ever-growing audience. Click here to find out where to purchase the new album.
With the use of the oldest of Nordic instruments and poetic metres as well as lyrics sung in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue, Wardruna has since the debut in 2009 enchanted fans and critics alike with their mesmerizing recordings and spectacular concerts. None more so than their spellbinding performance in front of the majestic 1100-year-old Gokstad ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Norway.
Wardruna primarily use old and historical instruments such as deer-hide frame drums, Kraviklyra, tagelharpe, mouth harp, goat horn, lur and more. Non-traditional instruments and other sources of sound like trees, rocks, water and torches are also used.
All of these elements are carefully woven into a rich musical landscape and complemented with whispering voices, melodic song and mighty choirs. Although Wardruna's music share characteristics with music typically labeled as folk, world and/or ambient, none of these genres can really describe their unique style. It truly must be experienced. Even more so in the magnificent setting of the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
"Powerful atmospheres that smell of old wood and dense forests with a sound that is like nothing you have ever heard before". (The Quietus United Kingdom)
With very special guests Steindór Andersen and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.
For over two decades Steindór Andersen and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson has been exploring the old Icelandic tradition of “Rímur chanting” which has its roots in Viking music and poetry. Last year the duo released their latest effort "Stafnbúi". Steindór, the most distinguished Icelandic chanter of rímur, performs twelve of his favourite poems on this recording, accompanied by the mystical and haunting music of Hilmar Örn, award winning film composer and a prominent figure in the Icelandic music scene since the eighties.
Their work with the group Sigur Rós has received great acclaim and two Nordic Council Music Prize nominations. April 2002 saw the premiere of the large orchestral and choral piece, "Odin’s Raven Magic", which they performed at the Barbican Centre with the London Sinfonietta and The Sixteen. In recent years Steindór and Hilmar have travelled widely with an ever changing rímur repertoire, which they usually perform with a local string quartet and sometimes local folk instrumentalists.