Both Wardruna and Skuggsjá will perform in London next year as part of a series of events called London By Norse. There will be lots of other interesting things going on there, so be sure to visit the By Norse website for all the details. Metal Hammer UK also has a nice write-up about the event.
We are also very pleased to announce that Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá has been recorded and will be released through Season of Mist early next year! Read the full press release below:
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá . The Norwegian band consisting of members from Enslaved and Wardruna represents another gem in the label's treasure chest. These acclaimed musical masterminds will release their debut album early 2016.
"When we were asked to write a joined concert piece by the Eidsivablot festival for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution, we both immediately saw the outline of something massive and important.
"Our performance confirmed that this project should live on, develop and thrive. During 2015 we have performed the piece once more at the Roadburn festival, and have also discreetly slipped in and out of studios around Norway to record what is to become our debut album.
"We are extremely proud of what we will present on this album; and are delighted to be working with the professionals at Season of Mist. It has been quite a journey already for the two of us, but this where it really begins. We have created something that is bigger than its individual parts. Now we are excited to see what the world make out of our creation!"
All things good,
Ivar & Einar
SKUGGSJÁ was conceived as a commissioned musical work written by Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. The arrangement was performed by ENSLAVED and WARDRUNA as a concert piece in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution at the Eidsivablot festival in Eidsvoll, Norway on September 13th, 2014.
Shortly after this premiere, SKUGGSJÁ was announced as one of the headliners of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival 2015.
The growing desire to present SKUGGSJÁ to a broader audience has ultimately led Bjørnson and Selvik to record their work in its entirety. The album will be released early 2016. Details regarding this debut release will follow soon.
SKUGGSJÁ translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language. This composition not only contextualises the role of extreme music in Norway’s democracy in the year 2014, but also joins threads from the country’s ancient musical history and solidifies the position of metal as Norway`s most important cultural export.
By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of their Norse past, SKUGGSJÁ tells the history of Norway and reflects relevant aspects from the past into the present day. In light of they reflect on themselves as a people and nation. In a magnificent tapestry of metal instrumentation, a wide variety of Norway’s and Scandinavia’s oldest instruments as well as poetry in Norse and Norwegian, SKUGGSJÁ is a fusion between past and present, both lyrically and musically.
Ivar Bjørnson: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards
Einar Selvik: vocals, taglharpa, Kravik-lyre, goat-horn, birch-bark lure, bone-flute, percussion, electronics
Grutle Kjellson: vocals
Lindy-Fay Hella: vocals
Eilif Gundersen: birch bark lure
Olav L. Mjelva: Harding fiddle
Cato Bekkevold: drums
Our T-shirts and zip hoodies have been sold out for a long time and we often get questions about when they will become available again. Today is that day! We have set up an official US-based Warduruna store through IndieMerch with all our previous T-shirt and hoodie designs and a couple of new ones.
Check it out here:
Winners of the award for Best Underground Band at the 2014 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, Norway's Wardruna will present a very special performance, dubbed House of the Spinning Seer, at Houses of the Holistic, Ivar Bjørnson’s (Enslaved) and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik‘s curated Roadburn event on Friday, April 10in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
"We are very exited as well as honored to be back to perform at Roadburn 2015"' says Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik, "and so we plan to use this occasion to give the audience a concert out of the ordinary. It will be a Wardruna concert in an all-new form. With almost twice the amount of musicians that we normally have on stage our sonic threads of old and new shall be majestically spun and our soundscape carefully woven on the loom of the spinning seer."
Tickets for Roadburn 2015 are still available:
Wardruna will perform in Poland at Castle Party 2015, 16-19th of July. More info: http://castleparty.com
Press release from Roadburn:
We're elated to announce that Enslaved and Wardruna will perform Skuggsjá, the sound of Norway's Norse History at Houses of the Holistic, Ivar Bjørnson's and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik's curated Roadburn event on Friday, April 10 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Written by Bjørnson and Selvik for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution and premiered this past weekend at the Eidsivablot festival, this will be Skuggsjá's first performance outside of Norway, and will certainly be one of the highlights of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival.
Skuggsjá translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language, and the commissioned piece not only contextualizes harder music’s role in the democracy in Norway in 2014, but also joins threads from the country’s ancient musical history and solidifies harder music’s position as Norway`s most important cultural export.
By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of their Norse past, Skuggsjá will tell the history of Norway and reflect relevant aspects from the past into the present day. In light of this they will reflect on themselves as a people and nation. In a magnificent tapestry of metal instrumentation, a wide variety of Norway and Scandinavia’s oldest instruments, and poetry in Proto-Scandinavian, Norse and Norwegian, Skuggsjá will be a fusion between past and present, both lyrically and musically.
We simply can't wait to experience it ourselves, to hear how how Norwegian metal has developed from its rebellious roots into the highly acclaimed artistic expression of a complex music genre, under Norway's constitutional right to freedom of speech.
Curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna‘s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Roadburn Festival 2015 (including Skuggsjá, Enslaved, Wardruna, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin, Zombi, Fields of the Nephilim and The Heads as Artist In Residence among others) will run for four days from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
On October 17th Wardruna will perform for the very first time in Istanbul, Turkey. Tickets are available now: http://www.biletix.com/etkinlik/RYS82/TURKIYE/tr
Press release from Roadburn:
We are honored to announce that British gothic rock innovators Fields Of The Nephilim will be gracing the stage twice at the 20th edition of the Roadburn Festival at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. In addition to serving as the Saturday headliner on April 11, 2015, the band will perform a different set as special guests at ‘Houses Of The Holistic’ on Friday, the special Roadburn event curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna's Einar "Kvitrafn" Selvik, which will be held on Friday, April 10.
Currently 30 years into a groundbreaking career, Fields of the Nephilim have had a major impact on an entire generation of musicians and music fans. Led by singer Carl McCoy, the Stevenage, England band fused the darker elements of post-punk with more overtly American sounds such as blues and outlaw country, creating a sound that was gritty, grandiose, and menacing, unlike anything that was made before or since. Such classic albums as Dawnrazor, The Nephilim, and Elizium helped shape the goth subculture, but at the same time played a profound role in influencing a wide array of today’s music, ranging from indie, to occult rock, to metal. Such contemporary bands as Watain, Katatonia, Horseback, and Enslaved cite the Nephilim as a major influence.
"Fields of the Nephilim has accepted our invitation for our "Houses of the Holistic" at Roadburn 2015. Bleep! Anything I say after that sentence is going to seem insignificant in comparison, so no pressure for once,” says Bjørnson, "I've been a avid fan of Carl McCoy and Fields of the Nephilim since I was introduced to them during the early years of Enslaved; and they have remained a constant source of inspiration ever since (check out the song ‘Nordlys’ from our Scion-EP ‘The Sleeping Gods’, for instance). Having these absolute masters of sublime Music from the Shadows as very special guests at our curated event is as big as it gets; April 2015 just can't come fast enough! Aaaaaarrrrggghhh!"
Comments Selvik: "The basic idea of our ‘Houses of the Holistic’ is of course about inviting bands we find interesting and would love to see perform but it is also about creating an event that at the same time says something about what shaped and inspired us on our own creative path - AND - since the authors of the poetic Edda are long since gone I personally have difficulty thinking of a more fitting band than Fields of the Nephilim to give voice to that idea."
We at Roadburn have been huge supporters of Fields Of The Nephilim since the Dawnrazor album in 1987, and with their influence looming large over so many acts that have played at our festival over the years, hosting these two special performances at Roadburn 2015 couldn’t be more appropriate.
Roadburn Festival 2015 (including The Heads as Artist In Residence, Wardruna and Enslaved among others) will run for four days from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
For more info, please visit: www.roadburn.com
Press release from Roadburn:
Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik To Curate Roadburn Festival 2015 (Special shows by Enslaved and Wardruna)
We're beyond thrilled to announce that Ivar Bjørnson of Enslaved and Wardruna's Einar Kvitrafn Selvik will curate the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival, on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
As curators, both Ivar and Einar will personally select the bands for their curated Roadburn event, named ‘Houses of the Holistic’, and play special shows with Enslaved and Wardruna respectively as well.
The Norwegian pair, both former Roadburn performers, have played an important role in bringing together the past, present and future sounds of hard rock, progressive metal, and alternative scenes, which makes them the ideal choice to carry on the tradition that began in 2008 with David Tibet of Current 93, and continued with Neurosis, Tom G. Warrior, Sunn 0))), Voivod, Jus Oborn of Electric Wizard and Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth.
One of the most hard-hitting and progressive bands to come out of Norway, Enslaved has drawn other musical genres and artistic expressions into the realm of metal, while being recognized for merging tradition and modernity in a unique blend of rock, prog and black metal, earning them Spellemann Awards (Norwegian Grammys) for much acclaimed and groundbreaking albums such as ‘Isa’, ‘Ruun’, and ‘Vertebrae’ among others.
Enslaved's performance, dubbed ‘House of Northern Gods’, will consist of a set list specially put together for ‘Houses of the Holistic’, featuring songs from the band's entire catalogue that embody the Norse gods, with accompanying visuals created by revered Romanian artist, Costin Chioreanu. Be prepared for a surprise or two, or even more.
Ivar Bjørnson comments: “To say that my dream as a kid was to one day curate the Roadburn Festival would perhaps be to take it a tad too far – but it isn’t that far from the truth. There’s some ridiculously big shoes to fill, but luckily negative pressure, idea draught and performance anxiety aren’t something I’m into. It is my favourite festival in one of my favourite parts of the world; so this is nothing short of one the biggest honours I’ve been given! It is a privilege to undertake this challenge in twosome with Einar; an artist I truly feel in tune with artistically and philosophically – now it is all about hard work and dedication to ensure that the audience and the festival itself is given a Friday to enjoy, experience and remember. I for one can’t wait!”
Winning the award for Best Underground Band at the 2014 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, Wardruna has taken Einar Kvitrafn Selvik's musical visions out of the contemporary framework and back into the authentic sounds and instrumentation of ancient Northern Europe. Wardruna (featuring Gaahl and Lindy Fay Hella, alongside Einar) received rave reviews for their mesmerizing 2009 debut ‘Gap Var Ginnunga’ and equally exciting follow up, ‘Yggdrasil’, the first two albums in the planned ‘Runaljod’ trilogy that interprets the ancient runic alphabet of the Elder Futhark.
Wardruna's special ‘Houses of the Holistic’ performance will definitely add another dimension to the kaleidoscope of styles and sounds associated with Roadburn.
“It is such a great honour for me; to be awarded the responsibility of carrying out the traditional role of the Roadburn curator", says Einar Kvitrafn Selvik. "Doing it together with Ivar makes it even more special. Roadburn is in my opinion such a high-level music festival - all quality to the fingertips. It is also a festival where presenting high quality musical art is more important than anything else, such as genre distinctions and scene divisions. We will work hard to deliver a program that both explore territories one has come to expect at Roadburn, while at the same time continue to expand its boundaries into new sonic realms.”
While the two curators’ musical output differs instrumentally and stylistically, Bjørnson and Selvik have a common direction towards the primeval and undiluted, not only in their own artistic expressions but also in their taste for other music, which is ultimately what they wish to present at Roadburn 2015 during ‘Houses of the Holistic’. We look forward to this collaboration and cannot wait to see how both Ivar and Einar will expand Roadburn Festival‘s musical horizons as well as explore more familiar territory from new angles. We will definitely be in for some artistic surprises, and Norway's Norse history, too!
Roadburn Festival 2015 will run for four days from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
For more info, please visit: www.roadburn.com
Wardruna will perform on the opening weekend of SALT, August 30th at Sandhornøy in Northern Norway.
"SALT begins its journey upon an Arctic beach on the mountainous island of Sandhornøya, south of Bodø, Northern Norway, 29th August 2014 until 6th September 2015. Here, at this remote location, surrounded by breath-taking nature, visitors can discover a place to engage the mind, body and soul.
SALT will over the coming years travel across the northernmost part of our planet, making a home in Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Spitsbergen, Alaska and Russia. SALT is an ambitious and inspiring concept designed to stir the imagination. Like nothing that has come before, it will also leave no physical trace. SALT is an initiative for arts, culture and environment that will each year move to a new location in the Arctic. SALT uses the Arctic nature as a framework for strong arts and cultural experiences."
Visit salted.no for tickets and details on this very special project.
Enslaved and Wardruna will premiere a new comissioned work entitled “Skuggsjá“ at Eidsivablot in September!
Press release from the organizer:
"This year we celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution all over Norway. Norwegian metal has developed from rebellioninto a highly acclaimed artistic expression of a complex music genre under our constitutional right to freedom of speech and Saturday, September 13th, the anniversary will end at Eidsvoll. Eidsivablot will be an open-air all day event where we will honour Norways Norse history with ancient Norwegian sounds and music, true Norse extreme metal, photo exhibitions and guided tours to the viking graves.
Eidsivablot present: Skuggsjá - The sound of Norway's Norse history.
It is with great pleasure we present Skuggsjá. A commissioned work to be performed by Enslaved and Wardruna on September 13th 2014 at Eidsvoll, Norway.
The piece is written for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution, and will be performed at Eidsivablot. Besides the performance of Skuggsjá there will also be full concerts by Enslaved and Wardruna.
Skuggsjá translates into mirror or reflection in the Norse language, and the piece is composed by Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. Selvik is known as the composer behind the Norse-folk band Wardruna, while Bjørnson is known as the composer of the acclaimed metal band Enslaved. Skuggsjá is a work that not only contextualizes the harder music's role in the democracy in Norway in 2014, but also pull threads from our ancient musical history and to the harder music's position as perhaps Norway`s most important cultural export.
By highlighting ideas, traditions and instruments of our Norse past, we will tell the history of Norway and reflect most relevant aspects from the past into our own present time. In light of this we will reflect on ourselves as a people and nation. In a magnificent tapestry of metal instrumentation and a wide variety of Norway and Scandinavia's oldest instruments, and poetry in Proto-Scandinavian, Norse and Norwegian, Skuggsjá will musically as well as lyrically be a fusion between past and present.
We are thrilled to see and hear two of the most genuine artists of Norway meet at Eidsvoll to premiere Skuggsjá. With our constitutional building as a backdrop, this will no doubt be a historic day."
Saturday, September 13th / 13:00–23:00. Tickets: 350,- NOK. 18 years age limit.
For tickets, news and program please visit Eidsivablot at:
The first pressing of ‘Runaljod - gap var Ginnunga’ has been sold out for a long time now, so today we're happy to announce that a reissue is imminent.
The album will be released by Indie Recordings on May 19th in Norway and Europe and will come in two formats: black double vinyl in gatefold sleeve and a limited double picture disc with the red Wardruna logo, also housed in a gatefold sleeve.
Wardruna will be performing at Otternes bygdetun in Flåm, Norway on the 17th of July. The concert is held during Gudvangen Viking market and is situated in the same area. Tickets are available now through Billettservice. More details and lots of pictures are available on the Facebook page for the event.
In other news, Wardruna have been nominated for Best Underground Band at this years Metal Hammer Golden Gods, which is taking place at the IndigO2 in London on 16th June. You know what to vote!
We will be back at Castlefest this year! The festival takes place in Lisse (NL), August 1-3. Tickets and more info is available at the Castlefest website.
Video of 'Helvegen' recorded at Castlefest 2012:
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.