With the premiere of Vikings - season 2 just around the corner it is a great pleasure to announce that the Norse sounds of Wardruna will be present this season as well. In addition to the use of Wardruna songs, I'm also taking part in the actual score for the series and I have been collaborating with the award winning Vikings composer Trevor Morris since the autumn of 2013. I would like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Vikings production and to Trevor Morris for welcoming me and Wardruna more into the heart of the show this season.
Wardruna is very pleased to announce that they will perform at Blastfest in Bergen, Norway. Wardruna's concert will be on Saturday, February 22nd. Kvitrafn will also do a workshop at Blastfest talking about his approach to making music as well as demonstrating a selection of the oldest Nordic instruments.
Tickets and more information is available at the Blastfest website.
On behalf of myself and the rest of the live constellation of Wardruna, I would like to sincerely thank all the people that came to our recent concerts in Nøtterøy, Oslo, London, Tilburg, Rennes, Paris and Helsinki. The turnout of people was overwhelming, as was the manner in which we were received. Your support is truly inspiring for the work to come and I hope you will welcome us again in the future.
A new rune pendant is finally available in the shop! The ‘Eight Secrets’ rune pendant was designed by Kvitrafn and produced by hand in Denmark. Available in sterling silver and bronze. It is carved with samstav runes holding the eight skills that is needed to master the runes and their esoteric secrets, as stated in Hávamál (144):
Rísta - ráða
Fá - freista
Biðja - blóta
Senda - sóa
We are very pleased to announce that two new concerts have been added to our European mini-tour this autumn:
Bjørgvin marknad viking and medieval festival celebrates their 10th anniversary with Wardruna live in concert on Friday 31 May at 23:00 on Hordamuseet. Tickets.
A new Wardruna T-shirt is now available in the shop. The previous shirt with the logo/bindrune design has been reprinted and is also available.
We are also expecting to have zip hoodies (with different design) in the near future.
It delights me to announce that on Friday the 25th of October 2013 Wardruna will return to The Netherlands to perform in the main hall of the 013 venue in Tilburg.
Tickets can be bought here: www.013.nl/event/4369_wardruna
Wardruna will play live in the UK for the first time at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on Thursday 24th October. Tickets are available now. Read the full press release below for all details.
Kilimanjaro by arrangement with Mythology Agency presents
WARDRUNA LIVE IN CONCERT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS STEINDÓR ANDERSEN AND HILMAR ÖRN HILMARSSON
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday 24th October 2013
As the northern hemisphere emerges from Winter's bleak grip at the passing of the Spring Equinox we are greeted with news that this Autumn Norwegian folk band Wardruna will play live in the UK for the first time.
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.
Their recently released second album "Yggdrasil" has continued to garner the band excellent reviews and an ever-growing audience.
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.
"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)
"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.
Third and final Yggdrasil preview video.
Check out this video of Wardruna performing ‘Helvegen’ from their upcoming ‘Yggdrasil’ album for the first time at Castlefest in Lisse, Netherlands on August 2, 2012.
We are pleased to announce that music from both ‘Gap var Ginnuga’ and the soon-to-be-released ‘Yggdrasil’ album will be featured in several episodes of History Channel’s newest series, ‘Vikings’. It is a historical drama series inspired by the sagas of Viking King Ragnar Lodbrok, created and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors). The first episode premiered on March 3, new episodes will air on the History Channel on Sundays in the US and on HBO Nordic on Mondays in Scandinavia.
Includes listening samples of ‘AnsuR’, ‘IwaR’ and ‘IngwaR’, as well as comments from Kvitrafn and Gaahl.
‘Yggdrasil’ can now be pre-ordered in our own shop.
The song ‘Fehu’ from our new album ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’ is now available as digital download in our shop. It is also available (or will be soon) through most major digital music stores and services like iTunes, Spotify etc.
‘Yggdrasil’ will, as previously announced, be released on March 15 in Norway, March 25 in Europe and April 2 in North America.
It will be available as regular jewel case CD and as digibook CD with an exclusive 32 page booklet with unabridged lyrics (and translations), expanded liner notes and more illustrations. Vinyl version will be available through Back On Black.
We will begin taking pre-orders on March 1 in our own shop.
Listening samples of the first four tracks of ‘Yggdrasil’. Includes comments from Kvitrafn and Gaahl.
We're excited to announce that our new album ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’ will be released by Indie Recordings on March 15 in Norway, March 25 in Europe and April 2 in North America.
1. Rotlaust tre fell
Total running time: 66:14
‘Yggdrasil’ will be available as regular jewel case CD and as digibook CD with an exclusive 32 page booklet. Vinyl version will be available through Back On Black. The digibook version will also be sold together with a limited edition necklace as a package. More details to follow.
Wardruna’s Gjallarhorn concert will be this years original production for the Inferno Festival Switzerland. This unique show will take place at Chillon Castle (a medieval castle located near Montreux) on Thursday, March 14th.
On stage Wardruna will be accompanied by lur and (swiss) alphorn players. They will perform new compositions as well as Wardruna songs re-arranged specially for this occasion.
As mentioned last week, Wardruna will also do a concert with their regular line-up at the Inferno Festival in Lausanne on Friday, March 15th. More information about the festival and tickets at infernofestival.ch
Wardruna will perform at the Swiss edition of the Inferno Festival in Lausanne on Friday, March 15th. This will be the official release concert for Wardruna’s next album, ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’.
More information about the festival and tickets at infernofestival.ch
It pleases me to announce Wardruna’s first appearance in USA. Wardruna will be performing exclusively at the Stella Natura festival in Sierra Nevada’s Tahoe National Forest. September 20th–22nd 2013. Visit the festival website for more information.
A lot has happened since the release of our debut album in 2009. We have been lucky enough to be able to perform at some really special places and interesting festivals. A concert with Wardruna is in my view two-way communication, and meeting our audience has been both overwhelming and very inspiring for us.
Judging from the amount of comments and questions we get at our shows or by e-mail it seems clear to me that it is due time for more Wardruna music.
Photo: Marielle de Vries
It has taken me quite a while to find the necessary calmness and time needed in order to create the way I do. Last year in November, I began recording for ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’, which will be the second part of the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy. The creative process has been time-consuming and demanding, but I am very happy to say that I am now in the final stages of recording ‘Yggdrasil’. Like our previous album, it is partly recorded outdoors and in places or situations relevant to the given song. Although the instruments are more or less the same as on ‘gap var Ginnunga’, the nature of the set of runes featured on ‘Yggdrasil’ have naturally made it a very different album. It is also worth noting that this time I’ve been working more closely with Lindy and Gaahl during the creative process. We are all very satisfied with the result so far, and we are looking forward to presenting this new piece of old-rooted culture!
Together with Indie Recordings we are aiming for a spring release (March/April) both in Europe and in the US.
Einar Kvitrafn Selvik
Seid og Galdringskurs - praktisk inføring i norrøn magi
Kurssted: Bryggen i Bergen
Dato: Lør 21/4 kl. 10-22 og Søn 22/4 kl.10-18
Kursledere: Einar Selvik (Seid) og Lars Magnar Enoksen (Galdrer).
Mer informasjon: http://www.facebook.com/events/207008702733336/
Wardruna is very pleased to announce that they will perform at the 2012 edition of Castlefest in Netherlands. Wardruna's concert will be on Thursday, August 2nd.
More information is available at the Castlefest website.