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1- 4 September 2021

Wednesday

The whole of Tórshavn will be bubbling with activity on this opening day of Nordic Music Days. You will meet video and sound installations in the local record store, Ostahúsið, and on the harbor. Beautiful carillon will be heard over the city, and the day will end with a great evening event at the Nordic House with dining together and the song cycle  BEINTA – or maybe you prefer watching pocket movies by young Faroese and joining conversations about minority matters and art at the venue Reinsaríðið? 

Torshavn

10:00
Audiovisual installations
Different venues in Tórshavn
Hustle and Bustle

Audiovisual installations

The installations run every day during the festival.

Free entry.

Themes: Roots / Meet yourself through the other / Local – Global

To give you a taste of the diverse and creative scene for audiovisual installations that is thriving these years, several installations will run throughout the entire festival in different places in Torshavn.

Hustle and Bustle 
Imagine experiencing the rapid movements and diverse sounds of the colourful Indian ocean of people, without ever having to leave Tórshavn. It might sound too good to be true, but this is exactly the scope for the audiovisual installation Hustle and Bustle (2013), created by visual artist Eygló Harðardóttir and sound artist Ríkharður H. Friðriksson. After the travelban, due to the Corona pandemic, it is perhaps now more than ever time to explore the sounds and visuals of a culture so diverse from your own.

A Faroese Tale 
A Faroese Tale is a surrealistic sound collage in which the sound of Faroese reality is transformed into musical abstraction. The project is a collaboration between sound artist Franc Ross Adams and electronic musician Bjørn Svin.

Sounds of Doubt 
Sounds of Doubt is the result of a workshop where the Icelandic artist Thuridur Jónsdóttir met Greenlandic, Icelandic and Faroese people, to discuss what memories are made of and how we might be able to recall lost memories through sound. Jónsdóttir’s installation is a mysterious and thought-provoking piece of art that will leave you thinking about your past, present and future. 

Nordic Grammar 
Imagine coming to an abandoned house and start living the lives of the people who once inhabited your new home. Even though you have never met them before, you start picking up where they left to become them instead of you. This is the idea behind Olga Szymula’s piece Nordic Grammar where a mix of Olga’s own intimate vocals and the sound recorded at the actual house depicted in the visuals will send shivers down your spine. 

503 Cluster Waves at the harbour 
How do you create music inspired and driven by the largest objects in the world? This is the mindset behind this installation created by Marcus Wrangö, where galaxy clusters are analyzed by x-ray sensors and satellites orbiting earth. The data collected from the sensors and satellites are converted to sound by using a system inspired by wave field synthesis. These sounds are furthermore accompanied by a lighting system, which together will give you the experience of how to create art using the biggest objects imaginable. 

When I was 28 I was obsessed with staging deaths 
How would it look if I staged my own death in various settings? A question that the multifaceted artist, Olga Szymula, has asked herself multiple times. Throughout the last couple of years, Szymula has staged her own death in different settings in countries such as her native Poland, Bosnia, and Iceland. The outcome of these artistic stagings is this audiovisual installation, where Szymula will present how her own living body has died multiple times.

10:00
Hustle and bustle
Tutl records
Hustle and bustle

Video installation

Hustle and Bustle (2013) by visual artist Eygló Harðardóttir and sound artist Ríkharður H. Friðriksson

All days during the festival.

Theme: Local - Global

Imagine experiencing the rapid movements and diverse sounds of the colourful Indian ocean of people, without ever having to leave Tórshavn. It might sound too good to be true, but this is exactly the scope for the audiovisual installation Hustle and Bustle (2013), created by visual artist Eygló Harðardóttir and sound artist Ríkharður H. Friðriksson. After the travelban throughout the summer of 2020 it is perhaps now more than ever time to explore the sounds and visuals of a culture so diverse from your own. The installation is six minutes long and will leave you longing for more of the colorful atmosphere created by Harðardóttir and Friðriksson

 

11:00
When I was 28 I was obsessed with staging deaths - fernisage
Ostahúsið
When I was 28, I was obsessed with death

Fernisage of installation

When I was 28 I was obsessed with staging deaths by Olga Szymula

All days during the festival.

How would it look if I staged my own death in various settings? This might possibly be the question that the multifaceted artist, Olga Szymula, has asked herself multiple times. Throughout the last couple of years, Szymula has staged her own death in different settings in countries such as her native Poland, Bosnia, and Iceland. The outcome of these artistic stagings is this audiovisual installation, where Szymula will present how her own living body has died multiple times. Do not be scared - When I was 28 I was obsessed with staging deaths will suit both those with numerous encounters with installation art, and the curious novice in the interesting and rapid evolving field of audiovisual installation art. 

11:00
503 Cluster Waves - fernisage
container at the harbor
503 Cluster Waves

Audiovisual installation 

503 Cluster Waves (2017) by Marcus Wrangö

Theme: Meet yourself through the other

How do you create music inspired and driven by the largest objects in the world? This is the mindset behind this installation created by Marcus Wrangö, where galaxy clusters are analyzed by x-ray sensors and satellites orbiting earth. The data collected from the sensors and satellites are converted to sound by using a system inspired by wave field synthesis. These sounds are furthermore accompanied by a lighting system, which together will give you the experience of how to create art using the biggest objects imaginable. 

11:00
Installations in the Nordic House
The Nordic House

Installations

Themes: Roots / Meet yourself through the other / Local – Global

To give you a taste of the diverse and creative scene for audiovisual installations that is thriving these years, we have decided to let three installations run in the Nordic House throughout the entire festival.

What would the Faroe Islands sound like if recorded and mixed with electronic music? Now you will get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience it. The sound-installation A Faroese Tale will forge 21st century electronic music by Bjørn Svin with beautifully framed field recordings and sound design by Ross Adams. 

The second installation you can experience in the Nordic House is the result of a workshop where the icelandic artist Thuridur Jónsdóttir met Greenlandic, Icelandic and Faroese people, to discuss what memories are made of and how we might be able to recall lost memories through sound. Jónsdóttir’s installation Sounds of Doubt is a mysterious and thought-provoking piece of art that will leave you thinking about your past, present and future. 

Last but not least you get to experience how it could look and sound like if you came to an abandoned house and started living the lives of the people who once inhabited your new home. Even though you have never met them before, you start picking up where they left to become them instead of you. This was the idea behind Olga Szymula’s piece Nordic Grammar where the mix of Olga’s own intimate vocals and the sound recorded at the actual house depicted in the visuals will send shivers down your spine. 

 

13:00
Sacredness of Trees
TBA
Carillon

CARILLON CONCERT

Sacredness of Trees by Ellen Lindquist
 

PERFORMER

Vegar Sandholt

Theme: Meet yourself through the other

Every tradition has a starting point. This year we hope to start a new one, as we have decided to let the beautiful tones of Ellen Lindquist’s piece, Sacredness of Trees, mark that Nordic Music Days is in town– just as the piece did in 2019, when Nordic Music Days was held in Bodö, Norway. When Lindquist wrote the piece, she was inspired by how the overtones of the carillon expresses the bells’ true character. 

You can experience the beautiful overtones ringing from the carillon at 1 PM all days during the festival and from a new spot in town every day.

 

20:00
Beinta
The Nordic House
Beinta

Programme

Beinta - for orchestra, video, and solo voice by Anna Katrin Egilstrøð and Allan Gravgaard Madsen
 

Performers

The Faroese Symphony Orchestra directed by Bernharður Wilkinson

Anna Katrin Egilstrøð, singer

Theme: Roots

Beinta is perhaps the most famous historic woman of all on the Faroe Islands. She was born into an upper class family in the 18th century but ended her days in poverty, having had three disastrous marriages along the way, all of them with priests. Since her death in 1752, Beinta has been depicted as an evil woman causing the disasters that killed her husbands.

In this symphonic song cycle by composers Anna Katrin Egilstrøð and Allan Gravgaard Madsen, the legends of Beinta is the turning point of an artistic examination of the complex opposites of the mind. The piece received critical acclaim from the Danish press at its premiere in 2016, and it was awarded by the Danish Art Foundation’ highest graduation the same year. Beinta is a beautiful piece for both the experienced concertgoer and for those who have never been to a classical concert before.

 

21:30
Meet yourself through the other
Reinsaríðið
Skál

In collaboration with

lommefilm.dk
Margarinefabrikken
Panel discussion moderated by Anne Boukris

- pocket movies, documentary and talk

Come and see the result of a collaboration between Margarinefabrikken, lommefilm.dk and a group of young Faroese who have made some small pocket movies telling personal stories and based on one of the festival themes: Meet yourself through the other.

The pocket movies will be followed by the critically acclaimed documentary film SKÁL, about a young woman who stages a youth rebellion of her own design on the Faroe Islands, where the Christian faith is facing a new era.

Join us afterwards in a conversation with the people in and behind the films about identity, landmark meetings, being young in the Faroe Islands in 2021, and how to use film as a way of framing the personal narrative.

Thursday

Thursday will offer a very special event by the ruins of the old village of Kirkjubøur with a new audio-installation created for the spot, Kingo singing, and a work involving postcards! Back in Tórshavn the German-Icelandic Ensemble Adapter will provide established as well as new composers a chance to have their compositions tested by professional musicians. At the Music School you can hear the results of workshops with children and young people, and in the evening a documentary opera about the Danish pionéer in ethnomusicology, Evald Tang Kristensen, will take place in the Nordic House. If you are in for more, the aspiring electronic scene of Torshavn will present their music at the venue SIRKUS or you can let yourself be soaked into a requiem for melting ice at the cathedral. 

Kirkjubøur

10:00
Symphonies of Toy Instruments
The Nordic House
Symphonies of Toy Instruments

Programme

Nordic Music Days is a festival for all ages; children are no exemption, and we have therefore dedicated an entire concert to kindergarten children in Torshavn.

Swedish composer Jenny Hettne has written the piece, While she was dreaming, for solo violin and tape, which is based on a fragmented Swedish folk tune mixed with modern electronic techniques. The work was mainly written during dark winter days and nights while her daughter Ejla was asleep, and the piece is dedicated to her.

The second piece performed is nothing less than a series of small symphonies for toy instruments! This of course emphasizes how one’s own imagination is the only stop block when it comes to creating new sounds and using them in music. Perhaps some of the children will even return to their kindergarten and create their own symphony, after having experienced how toys can be effective instruments….

13:00
Sounds of the Cathedral Ruins
Kirkjubøur church ruin
Kirkjubøur

Programme

 

Performers

Jensina Olsen, singer
Jan Rune Poulsen, percussion
NN, oboist
Lydport and Kingo Singers

Theme: Roots / Meet yourself through the other

Nordic Music Days in the Faroe Islands is not only a festival taking place in Torshavn. We have extended the geographical span to include the old historic town Kirkjubøur, which was the central town of the Faroe Islands before the reformation in the mid 16th century. On this Thursday afternoon a very special programme will take place among the old church ruins of Kirkjubøur. The ruins of the gothic cathedral are one of the signs of the area's former glory, and they have inspired artist Nicole Bitsch Pedersen to create an audio-installation that will let the bells toll over the area once again and cast new light upon the ruins of the old cathedral.

Through a residency the composing duo Lyd Port has studied the art of Kingo-singing, which is a unique vocal tradition closely connected to the history of Christianity in the Faroe Islands. Lyd Port has explored the character of the traditional acapella style of singing and has used their findings to create a new piece for a group of Faroese Kingo singers and electronics. The piece will combine the sacred rooms and traditions that both Kingo singing and the old church ruin in Kirkjubøur encapsulates and combines it with modern field-recording techniques and poems about the lives of the people that now live in the area. The artists behind Lyd Port are Mai Ane Pil Siedentopp, and Morten Schmidt.

Composer Elín Gunlaugsdóttir has taken her time to write something as special in our digital age as handwritten postcards. These postcards are remarkable both because they are physical letters from one person to another in a time where online communication is the common way to reach another person, but also because the postcards are the sheets for her piece Circles of Sounds. The lucky recipients of these personal postcards are a singer, a percussionist, and an oboist. The trio will play from their postcards at the remarkable setting of Kirkjubøur.

 

13:00
Sacredness of Trees
TBA
Carillon

Carillon concert

Sacredness of Trees by Ellen Lindquist
 

Performer

Vegar Sandholt

Theme: Meet yourself through the other

Every tradition has a starting point. This year we hope to start a new one, as we’ve decided to let the beautiful tones of Ellen Lindquist’ piece Sacredness of Trees mark that Nordic Music Days is in town– just as the piece did in 2019, when Nordic Music Days was held in Bodö, Norway. When Lindquist wrote the piece, she was inspired by how the overtones of the carillon expresses the bells’ true character.

You can experience the beautiful overtones ringing from the carillon at 1 PM all days during the festival and from a new spot in town every day.

16:00
Open MIC - workshop with ensemble adapter
Reinsaríðið

Theme: Meet yourself through the other

The German-Icelandic Ensemble Adapter is widely known for their concerts in the field of contemporary music. They tour all over the world with both premieres and selected pieces from the recent past - but this time there is no preplanned program. Instead of giving a traditional concert, Adapter will provide established as well as new composers a chance to have their compositions tested by professional musicians.

Whether this is the first time ever you will hear the music you have written played live or if you just need some feedback on a solo piece commissioned by a recognized ensemble, come by with printed sheets and let Adapter present your music.  The instruments harp, clarinets, percussion, flutes and some electronic equipment will be present on stage, so make sure your music is playable on one or more of these instruments. 

You are, of course, also welcome to just stop by, listen and grab a drink in the bar that will be open all night.

16:30
Hryn - flute-students and their teachers
The Music School of Tórshavn
Tværfløjte

Programme

Hryn (2016) by Karsten Brustad  

Performers

Flute students and their teachers

Themes: Meet yourself through the other

By changing the way a flutist plays his or her flute, composer Karsten Brustad aims to present young flute students to new ways of making sounds with their instrument. The name of the piece, Hryn, is an old norse word that is roughly translated as flowing, falling and sounding. The feeling of this flowing and sounding is ever present in the piece, as students and teachers discover, improvise, and move their bodies during the piece. Hryn is both a conversation between fluteplayers, a paradigm-shift in the way we understand the flute, as well as an introduction to contemporary music for the students.  

17:00
Summerdream, fall asleep
The Music School of Tórshavn
Summer dream

Programme

Summer Dream, Fall Asleep (2021) by Lasse D. HansenMathias Madsen Munch, Rakel Helmsdal, Anna Schulin-Zeuthen, and Children from Tórshavn Music School.

“Summer Dream, Fall Asleep” is a theatrical fantasy created by Lasse D. Hansen, Mathias Madsen Munch, Rakel Helmsdal and Anna Schulin-Zeuthen. In the writing and developmental stages, the creators worked with young musicians from the Music School in Tórshavn at a workshop during the fall of 2020, exploring how dreaming can change our way of thinking – both in the shape of surrealistic dreams and life-changing nightmares! The young musicians work as story artists, music artists and stages artist in this process, co-writing, co-composing and co-staging experiences from their own dreams and nightmares into stage magic. “Summer Dream, Fall Asleep” is inspired and based on an original storyline written by Faroese author Rakel Helmsdal. At this concert, the final piece will have its premiere.

19:00
Skattegraveren
The Nordic House
Skattegraveren

Programme

Skattegraveren /The Treasure Digger (2019) by composer and librettist Mauro Patricelli


Performers

Mauro Patricelli, harpsichord
Signe Asmussen, singer
Mathias Seibæk, percussionist
Thommy Andersson, double bassist 
Chano Olskær, drummer

 

Florient Azoulay, playwright
Søren Meisner, video artist

Klaus Risager, pre-recorded voice

Theme: Roots

Skattegraveren (The Treasure Digger) is an epic music drama about Evald Tang Kristensen (1843 – 1929), a Danish pionéer in ethnomusicology. Tang Kristensen documented oral traditions by recording ordinary people as they sang and told stories – especially among people in the rural districts of Jutland.

In this opera composer and librettist Mauro Patricelli mixes original recordings and video with avantgarde music and classical opera traditions, to create an opera about the life of the extraordinary Evald Tang Kristensen. The opera will take you back to the moors of Jutland anno 1867. 

 

20:00
The Fight for Greenland
Reinsaríðið
The Fight for Greenland

Programme

The fight for Greenland (2020) by Kenneth Sorento
 

Debate moderated by Anne Boukris.
Panel TBA

Theme: Art, Identity and The Unity of the Danish Realm

The documentary film, The Fight for Greenland, offers a unique insight into the heated debate about independence, language and identity that rages in modern-day Greenland.

Based on the film, we will subsequently debate how the unity of Greenland, The Faroe Islands and Denmark plays a role in art and our diverse cultural lifes today. How do we look at and relate to each other, and how can art and culture contribute to the political changes and landslides that are happening in the unity of the three countries right now?

Come and watch the film and take part in the following debate with artists, who all work internordically, are preoccupied with identity issues and represent different parts of the Danish Realm.

 

 

22:00
Open Electronic Night
Sirkus
Open electronic night

Programme

Performers

km² duo

Alex Tentor, guitarist

Local electronic musicians, TBA

Themes: Roots / Meet yourself through the other

On this evening you get the unique possibility of experiencing the sound of the aspiring electronic scene of Torshavn.

Prior to the festival, Nordic Music Days has hosted workshops in Torshavn about electronic music with experienced musician and producer Bjørn Svin. The workshop participants are all local musicians who have explored their own paths into the world of electronic music, and this evening some of them will perform their original compositions - a unique possibility to experience the sound of the aspiring electronic scene of Torshavn.

The evening kicks off with presenting a different genre though. In Metal, by Danish composer Esben Nordborg Møller, is a piece inspired by the Finnish traditional style of Humppa and the music of progressive metal and death metal. By mixing the distortion-loaded guitar so heavily used in metal music with accordion. In Metal will sound as nothing else you have ever heard before. 

The performers from km2 duo will be presented with further musical tasks and challenges when they play Finnish composer, Rolf Gustavson’s work, Party Game for 2 Players. Affected by a game master, who will trig different audio events according to the grand scheme of the game, durations, orders, playing techniques and outcomes are bound to change depending on the players choices and randomized actions. The piece is highly driven by the players’ ability and willingness to jump into new challenges.

22:00
Requiem for melting ice VI
Havnar Kirkja
Melting ice

Programme

Requiem for Melting Ice VI (2021) by Gunnar Kristinsson and Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson  
 

Performers

Úlfar Ingi Haraldssoncontrabass, electric bass and electronics
Gunnar Kristinsson, percussion, keyboards and voice
Claudia Picenoni, theatrical performance artist

Theme: Global / Local

The idea behind this Requiem for Melting Ice came when Denmark based composer Gunnar Kristinsson visited his native Iceland. Here Kristinsson saw how gletschers were perishing due to climate changes, which caused him to think about the death of these majestic blocks of ice.

The requiem, created by Kristinsson in a collaboration with Úlfar Ingi Haraldsson, has been performed in many different versions and will in this new version VI feature both composed music, improvisation, and visual elements in the form of a sculpture and video to underline the main focus of the work - the ever growing hazard resulting from global warming and pollution facing the life on earth. 

Friday

On this Friday, the college Glasìr invites you in to see the fruits of a collaboration between groups of students and Nordic artists, who prior to the festival, have been working with the themes of the festival in different ways. If you are into vocal music, you should not miss a concert with the local choir TARIRA performing Nordic choral music in the Nordic House. At the venue, PERLAN, you will be presented to an evening of three very different approaches to Nordic contemporary music – one of which involves an aquarium! Finish your Friday night out with a late-night electronic solo-concert at the cathedral with an icon from the Danish electronic scene. More info to come…

Glasír. Foto: R. Hjortshoj

10:00
Waves
The Nordic House
Waves

Programme

Performers

Yngvild Vivja Haalund Ruud, accordion
Julius Ditlevsen, flute
Svafa þórhallsdóttir, vocal / narration in Faroese 

 

 

Theme: Roots
 

The sound of water and the sounds of the sea is the general theme of this interactive and engaging musical adventure targeted children at the age of 2-6 years. In the context of Faroese Mythology, the narrator-singer, represented by the composer Svafa þórhallsdóttir herself, will guide the children using the story to create interactive and engaging situations that will make the children feel part of a truly mythical adventure where each instrument represents a mystical place for them to visit.  

13:00
Sacredness of Trees
TBA
Carillon

Carillon concert

Sacredness of Trees by Ellen Lindquist
 

Performer

Vegar Sandholt

Theme: Meet yourself through the other

Every tradition has a starting point. This year we hope to start a new one, as we have decided to let the beautiful tones of Ellen Lindquist’s piece, Sacredness of Trees, mark that Nordic Music Days is in town– just as the piece did in 2019, when Nordic Music Days was held in Bodö, Norway. When Lindquist wrote the piece, she was inspired by how the overtones of the carillon express the bells’ true character.

You can experience the beautiful overtones ringing from the carillon at 1 PM all days during the festival and from a new spot in town every day.

14:00
Open house
Glasír
Glasir_beklædningslinjen

Artists working with the students

The college Glasìr invites you in to see the fruits of a collaboration between groups of students and Nordic artists, who prior to the festival, have been working with the themes of the festival in a lot of different ways.

The students have been introduced to and have worked with such different things as musical walks, throat singing techniques from Greenland, instrument building, how images and electronic music can work together, collecting everyday memories about being young in the Faroe Islands, making a choreography for the building of Glasir, costumes and much more.

16:00
Vibranding FO-100
The Music School of Tórshavn
Atrium

This concert is the climax of a workshop, that Danish composer, Hanne Tofte Jespersen, is going to have with students from Glasír during the weeks prior to the festival. Through artist talks, walks, workshops and rehearsals, Hanne and the students will create VIBRANDING FO-100 as a site-specific acoustic concert in three stages – starting at Glasír and ending at the music school:

  • an acoustic exploration of Glasir's atrium
  • a musical walk from Glasír to the Music School
  • a performance of three Vibranding movements, played by professional sinfonietta ensemble and students in the concert hall of the music school.

The concert will among other things include lyrics written by the students and involve the audience on the way.

19:30
Kantina magica
The Nordic House
TARIRA

Program:

  • Kantina Magica (2018) by Unn Paturson
  • Hr Sinclair (2019) by Pauli í Sandagerði
  • Nun lob (1998) by Kári Bæk
  • Ljós tíni (2018) by Kári Bæk
  • Longsil (2019) by Anne Mette Greve Clementsen
  • Come away Death (1984) by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi


Performers

TARIRA directed by Bernharður Wilkinson
TBA, piano
TBA, Contrabass
TBA, percussion
TBA, Soprano

If you are into vocal music, you should not miss out on this concert with the local choir, TARIRA, who will present a program of primarily Faroese works.

Kantina Magica by Unn Paturson was originally a commission work for the opening of the spectacular new college building in Tórshavn, Glasír, in 2018. Besides being for mixed choir, the work also involves piano, contrabass, percussion, and a soprano soloist.

Hr. Sinclair by Pauli í Sandagerði is based on the true story of the Scottish captain George Sinclair and his company of soldiers, their journey through Norway and the fatal meeting with the Norwegian peasants during the Kalmar War in 1611-1613. The story has survived as a Norwegian folk tune with two known melodies: One from Guldbrandsdalen in Norway – and one from the Faroe Islands with a rhythm rooted in traditional Faroese chain dance.

Nun lob by Kári Bæk combines two older melodies and texts. A melody from 1540 by Joh. Kugelmann and text by J. Gramann and an old Faroese hymn with text by Thomas Kingo from 1699.

Another more recent work by Kári Bæk is Ljós tíni, which was commissioned in 2018 by TARIRA on the occasion of a 100-year memorial concert for the Faroese poet and composer, Regin Dahl (b. 5 November 1918). The text for the work is one of Dahl's poems, Ljós tíni from the poetry collection Rekagrót from 1985.

Anne Mette Greve Klemensen works as a parish priest in Tórshavn and has in recent thrown herself into composing works for choir. Longsil is a work for mixed choir from 2019 written to a poem by T.N. Djurhuus from 1949, and on this concert, it will have its first performance.

Finally, TARIRA will sing Come away Death by Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, the first of four Shakespeare songs from 1984.

22:00
Faulty waterwork
PERLAN/Reinsaríið
Faulty waterwork

Programme

 

Performers

KATA
Anna Katrin Egilstrøð
and others TBA

Themes: Roots / Meet yourself through another

A women's choir, an aquarium, and a premiere are some of the ingredients of this very special Friday night at PERLAN. A night divided in three small concerts – and a surprise…

The women’s choir, KATA, will perform traditional Faroese songs, the melodies of which are found in the books of Marianne Clausen, who has written down several thousand varieties of  Faroese folk melodies from old recordings, some of them dating back to 1902. The five voices of KATA will sing you old stories of drama and humor.

An aquarium, tools, candles, and electronics will be on stage with two performers in the interactive installation Faulty Waterwork by Loïc Destremau. Water and light play each other as opposites but in a process where their sounds and elements are being staged - amplified by surface and underwater microphones that capture the smallest sonorous details. During the performance, the electronics take over as a foreign element, as the instrument is built and operated by the performers until the instrument itself plays as an autonomous installation.

A brand new piece, written by Anna Katrin Egilstrøð and performed by herself, will have its world premiere on this evening – and during the night - you never know when - a special surprise will take place…
 

22:00
Flashmob a.o.
Perlan
22:30
Late Night Concert - Bjørn Svin
Havnar Kirkja
Bjørn Svin

Programme

Theme: Meet yourself through another

A very special listening experience awaits you in Havnar Kirkja on this evening.

Bjørn Svin has his roots in the techno music of the nineties. With a deeply personal approach, he has explored and challenged rhythmical electronic music for almost 30 years now and has become an icon on the Danish electronic music scene with fans in many parts of Europe.

As part of and prior to the festival, Bjørn has been working with aspiring young people in Tórshavn interested in creating and producing electronic music; but at this late-night concert in the cathedral, Bjørn is on his own, and we promise you an amazing evocative solo performance.

 

Saturday

One of the main events of this Saturday is a series of house concerts – concerts in private homes - in four different districts in Tórshavn. Locals will transform their homes into a concert venue, where the audience is offered an intimate concert experience with new Nordic music, food, and drink. The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands will house a concert with different works played by the local ensemble, Aldubáran. And finally, we finish Nordic Music Days with a huge joint event of Kingo singing, football (!), music and chain dance in the Nordic House. 

Faroese House

11:00
Nordic animated films for children
The Nordic House
11:30
Matiné concert
Havnar Kirkja
Wetlands

Performers 

TBA, prepared alto flute
TBA, Bass clarinet
TBA, Contra bassoon

Paula Danielsen sopran 
Jón Festirstein, violin 

 

  • Themes: Meet yourself through the other
     

Take a break from your Saturday shopping and drop by Havnar Kirkja for a meditative Matiné concert under the theme Meet yourself through the other.

The piece Snow by Danish composer Signe Lykke is the first movement of the work I REMEMBER - 4 watersketches for woodwind trio. Snow is about her very first childhood memory from her hometown, about being a twin and moving as a unified body, one consciousness. Deeply rooted in snow.

Voice and violin walk side by side as equals throughout the piece Soai vácciiga buohtalaga (They walked side-by-side) by Outi Tarkiainen with words from a poem by the Sámi poet Rauni Magga Lukkari. The poem impressively describes the sometimes even supernatural communion that exists between mothers and daughters. In the space that forms around the voice and violin, you might sense the tacit knowledge, mind space and most fragile inner voices of the foremothers... 
 

 

13:00
House concerts
Different districts of Tórshavn
House Concerts

Programme

TBA

Inspired by the recurring festival Hoyma – a festival of concerts taking place in the livingrooms of family homes in Southern Göta (Syðrugøta) - we have arranged a series of concerts in private homes in different districts of Tórshavn.

Locals will transform their homes into a concert venue, where the audience is offered an intimate concert experience with new Nordic music, food, and drink. 

Since there is a limited number of seats at every concert, it is mandatory that you book your seat in advance. Further information about the concerts and how to book your seat to come…

 

13:00
Sacredness of Trees
TBA
Carillon

Performer

Vegar Sandholt

Theme: Meet yourself through the other

Every tradition has a starting point. This year we hope to start a new one, as we have decided to let the beautiful tones of Ellen Lindquist’s piece, Sacredness of Trees, mark that Nordic Music Days is in town– just as the piece did in 2019, when Nordic Music Days was held in Bodö, Norway. When Lindquist wrote the piece, she was inspired by how the overtones of the carillon express the bells’ true character.

You can experience the beautiful overtones ringing from the carillon at 1 PM all days during the festival and from a new spot in town every day.

14:00
Takeover
SMS shoppingcenter
Takeover

Performers

Local women 

Theme:  Roots

The vision of Nordic Music Days 2021 is to create unique events and performances with a strong connection to the Faroese community and its roots and history.

In this performance, Takeover, by Anna Kolfinna Kuran, the performers will represent many different generations of Faroese women which will speak to different times in space. The piece speaks to how times change, how women's place in society changes, how knowledge gets passed down to the next generation, and to the connection between all these different women. The outcome of the piece is a powerful yet delicate ceremony with a rough, beautiful and unpolished vocal landscape. 

 

16:00
The Distance Between Us
The Music School of Tórshavn
Aldubaran

Program

  • Sjúrður (2004) for soprano and saxophone by Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm
  • Non Nunquam (1999) for string trio by Cecilie Ore
  • Quartett for Oboe, vln, vla, vlc (2010) by Kári Bæk
  • Light and Matter (2014) for violin, cello, and piano by Kaija Saariaho
  • The distance between us (?) for violin, cello, and piano by Trondur Bogason

 

Performers

Aldubáran
Kristina Thede Johansen, saxophone
Soprano, TBA

The Faroese chamber ensemble Aldubáran invites you to an afternoon concert with a diverse range of Nordic works on the program.

Danish composer Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm’s little piece "Sjúrður" for soprano and saxophone has found inspiration in an old myth about Sjúrður – a heroic figure found in many different ballads. In his piece, Hans-Henrik has used small fragments of the ballad Regin smiður, inspired by a fascinating recording of the entire 130 verse long ballad with singers and dancers from Sandøy in the Faroe Islands.

Another ballad from the past Leikum fagurt á foldum eingin treður dansin undir has inspired Faroese composer Kári Bæk to write his Quartett for Oboe, vln, vla, vlc.

Kaija Saariaho’s piano trio Light and Matter, on the other handhas found its inspiration from quite another part of the present world – New York. Here Kaija wrote the piece, while watching from her window the changing light and colors of Morningside Park.

From Norwegian composer Cecilie Ore’s work cycle Tempura Mutantor, we will hear Non Nunquam for string trio, and finally, we will hear the work that has given the title to this concert, The Distance between Us, by Faroese composer Trondur Bogason. 

The work is based on 3 Fiddle tunes, notated by J.C. Svabo (1746-1824) in a manuscript, that was discovered in the attic of Pætursastova, Tórshavn, in 1928. There is no unified score for the music. Instead, the musicians perform their individual parts, in their own individual tempi, disconnected from each other in time and space.

18:30
Resterne af rigsfællesskabet
The Nordic House
resterne af rigsfællesskabet

Performers:
Kingo Singers from Tjørnevik
Mari Sainio, electronics
Sini Koskelainen, singer
Susanna Sÿrjälainen, cello
Resterne af Rigsfællesskabet, featuring Jesper Pedersen, Miké Thomasen, Heðin Ziska Davidsen

Havnar Dansifelag

Traditions of the past meet the present when Nordic Music Days finishes off with a huge joint event of Kingo singing, football (!), contemporary music and chain dance in the Nordic House. 

It so happens that on this very evening Denmark and the Faroe Islands challenge each other in a world championship qualification football match in Tórshavn. Not to miss out on of course! We have therefore arranged for a big screen in the Nordic House, and we will show the whole match between the other events of the night.

But before the football match, a new piece including Kingo Singers by the Finnish composer Mari Sainio has its world premiere. Kingo singing has its name from the Danish hymn poet, Thomas Kingo, who has written the lyrics to the hymns that are sung in a unique way. In this new piece, Kingo singing will be mixed with instrumental acoustic and electronic music.

Resterne af Rigsfællesskabet (The remains of the Danish Realm) is a Nordic composer / performer ensemble, the members of which represent an artistic abstraction of the Danish Realm: Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. The ensemble is known for combining experimental electronic sounds with Greenlandic drum dance, and between the two football halves and after the match, they have prepared a special performance for us.

Finally, but not least, we encourage all to join in on one of the most unique cultural features in the Faroe Islands – the chain dance.

Come and join the full circle of people from all walks of life, join hands and meet face-to-face on true common ground.

What better way to end the festival!

19:30
Kingo Singers from Tjørnevik
The Nordic House

Programme

Performers
Kingo Singers from Tjørnevik
Susanna Syrjäläinen, cello
Sini Koskelainen, singer

 

Theme: Roots

Traditions of the past meet the present when a new piece including Kingo Singers has its world premiere in Tórshavn on this Saturday night. Kingo singing is a unique Faroese way of singing hymns. The name comes from the Danish hymn poet, Thomas Kingo, who has written the lyrics to the hymns, which are sung in this special way.

In a new work by the Finnish composer Mari Sainio, different genres and traditions are mixed using Faroese hymns, Kingo Singers, electronics, cellist Susanna Syrjäläinen and singer Sini Koskelainen.

Come and hear how different ways of singing and musical traditions blend beautifully together.

 

22:30
Faroese chain dance
The Nordic House