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Programme

14-17 April 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 shopping center, the Nordic House, 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 with live music and joining conversations about minority matters and art at the venue Reinsaríðið? More info to come…

Torshavn

10:00
Hustle and bustle - fernisage
SMS Shopping center
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

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
Fernisage of installations
The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands

Installations

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

To make sure you are able to get a taste of the diverse and creative scene for audiovisual installations that is thriving these years, we have decided to let not one nor two but three(!) installations run in Nordens Hus throughout the entire festival. Have you ever thought about how the Faroe Islands would sound, if it was recorded and mixed with electronic music? Whether the answer is yes or no, now you 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 Nordens Hus 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. 

 

12:00
Sacredness of trees
TBA
Carillon

Carillon

Sacredness of trees by Ellen Lindquist

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 noon all days during the festival.

20:00
Beinta
The Nordic House
Beinta

Programme

Beinta by Anna Katrin Egilstrøð and Allan Gravgaard Madsen

Performers

The Faroese Symphony Orchestra

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
Film - pocket movies
Reinsaríðið

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. More info to come…

Kirkjubøur

10:00
Concert for children
The Music School of Tórshavn

Programme

Nordic Music Days is a festival for people of all ages; children are of course no exemption, which is why we have dedicated a concert to kindergarten-children. The first piece is a violin solo-piece written by swedish composer Jenny Hettne. She has been inspired by a swedish folk tune which she has mixed with modern electronic techniques to make old meet new. Another inspiration came from dark winter days and nights while her daughter was asleep. In all, this creates an inspiring piece that mixes the familiar nordic folk-tone, the dance-ability from polskas and modern electronic gear. 

The second piece performed is nothing less than a symphony! But, it is no ordinary symphony. Composer Fabian Svensson has created an entire symphony in a listener friendly length, where all the instruments are toys. 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 effectfull instruments. 

Both Jenny Hettne and Fabian Svensson’s music is child-friendly without talking down to them, which makes it the perfect way to introduce children to wonders of contemporary music.  

12:00
Sacredness of Trees
TBA
Carillon

Carillon

Sacredness of Trees by Ellen Lindquist

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 noon all days during the festival.

13:00
Bells of Murinin - fernisage
Kyrkjebø church ruin

Bells of Murinin (2019) by composer Nicole Bitsch Pedersen 

Theme: Roots 

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 Kyrkjebø, which was the central town of the Faroe Islands before the reformation in the mid 16th-century. The ruins of a gothic cathedral in Kyrkjebø is one of the signs of the area's former glory. These ruins have inspired artist Nicole Bitsch Pedersen to create an audio-installation that will let the bells toll over the area once again, to let history become present. The bells will ring in no ordinary way, which will create a unique soundscape that will cast new light upon the ruins of the old cathedral. 

 

13:30
Circles of Sound
Kyrkjebø
14:00
'3' - Kingo Singers and Lyd Port
Kyrkjebø

Roots 

 

 

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 and listen.

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

Programme

Hryn (2016) by Karsten Brustad  

Performers

Flute students and their teachers

Themes: Meet yourself through the other

By changing the way a flutist play 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 the area of contemporary music for the students.  

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

Programme

Summer Dream, Fall Asleep (2021) by Lasse D. Hansen and Mathias Madsen Munch

In the concert, Summer Dream, Fall Asleep, Danish composers Lasse D. Hansen and Mathias Madsen Munch invite the Faroese author Rakel Helmsdal to co-create an interactive concert for and along with children from The Faroe Islands. During the fall of 2020 Lasse, Mathias and Rakel held a workshop with kids from the Torshavn area, where the kids helped the three professionals write a 30 minutes long piece. The piece focus upon the borders between dream and reality – a very important aspect of being a child. The concert is only 30 minutes long and perfect for children and their families.        

19:00
Skattegraveren
The Nordic House
Skattegraveren

Programme

Skattegraveren /The Treasure Digger (2019) by Mauro Patricelli


Performers

Signe Asmussen
Mathias Seibæk
Mauro Patricelli
Thommy Andersson
Chano Olskær

Theme: Roots

Skattegraveren (The Treasure Digger) is an epic music drama about Evald Tang Kristensen (1843 – 1929), a 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 mix 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
Film - The Fight for Greenland
Reinsaríðið

Programme

The fight for Greenland (2020) by Kenneth Sorento

Theme: The Danish Realm

The film offers a unique insight into the heated debate about independence, language and identity that rages in modern-day Greenland. What does the future hold for Greenland? Should Greenland become a sovereign state or on the contrary strengthen its ties to Denmark? We follow four strong-willed and dynamic young Greenlanders who are fighting for a better Greenland but disagree on which direction their country should take.

After the film we will have a debate about identity, the Danish Realm and the North in general. More info to come…

 

 

22:00
In Metal
Sirkus

Programme

In Metal (2019) by Esben Nordborg Møller

Themes: Roots / Meet yourself through the other

Metal music is rooted and present in the mainstream culture throughout most of the Nordic countries, and it is therefore obvious that a festival that is created to present nordic music also pays tribute to the area of heavy metal. In Metal 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. As a metalhead, this is a great way to experience the kind of thoughtfulness, contemporary music evokes, while concertgoers that have not been to a metal concert get a chance to experience the thrill of the distortion-loaded guitar, as it bends the limits of how a string-instrument can sound like. 

 

 

 

22:00
Requiem for melting ice
The Cathedral
22:30
Open electronic night
Sirkus

Young people creating electronic music 

 

 

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. In the evening, focus will be on film and game music at the venue Reinsaríðið, and 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 of Svafa
The Nordic House
12:00
Sacredness of Trees
TBA
Carillon

Carillon

Sacredness of Trees by Ellen Lindquist

 

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 noon all days during the festival.

19:30
Nordic Choir Music
The Nordic House
21:00
Film and game music
Reinsaríðið
22:00
Flashmob a.o.
Perlan
22:30
Late Night Concert - Bjørn Svin
The Cathedral

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. If you like animations, pass by the Nordic House during the afternoon and watch Nordic animations for all ages – with spectacular soundtracks or live music. The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands will house a concert with different works played by the local ensemble, Aldubáran. A new work involving the Kingo Singers of Tjørnevik will have its world premiere at the Nordic House, and what better way to finish the festival than joining all together in an evening of traditional Faroese Chain Dancing. More info to come…

Faroese House

11:00
Nordic animated films for children
The Nordic House
11:30
Matiné - Wetlands a.o.
The Cathedral
12:00
Animated concert for families
The Nordic House
12:00
Sacredness of Trees
TBA
Carillon

Carillon

Sacredness of Trees by Ellen Lindquist

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 noon all days during the festival.

14:00
Takeover
SMS shoppingcenter
16:00
Sinfonietta concert
The National Gallery of the Faroe Islands
19:30
Kingo Singers Tjørnevik
The Nordic House
20:30
Resterne af rigsfællesskabet
The Nordic House
resterne af rigsfællesskabet
22:30
Faroese chain dance
The Nordic House