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Wardruna New Album ‘Skald’ Now Available + A European Tour in 2019

For years now Wardruna founder Einar Selvik has done acoustic concerts and lectures, performing Wardruna songs on his own, as well as creations made for the TV-show Vikings in an acoustic format.

Now parts of this material has finally been recorded live in studio in Solslottet Studio in Bergen (Norway), and has recently been  released through By Norse Music on November 23rd 2018.

Skald‘ takes the listener on a musical journey outside the massive soundscape that Wardruna is known for and into a simpler and more direct form, where voice, poetry and ancient instruments like Kravik-lyre, Taglharpa and Bukkehorn lead the way.

Einar Selvik comments:

‘Skald’ was recorded live in the studio with the intention of capturing the raw and uncompromising energy of a live performance rather than aiming for a flawless and polished expression. It sets out to give voice to the ancient craft that once lay at the heart of the Norse oral traditions, presented as it takes shape in the hands of a humble contemporary skald today.

All formats of the album contain an extensive booklet with all lyrics translated as well as a solid introduction to the Skald and Old Norse poetry written by the acclaimed Icelandic author and Old Norse philologist Bergsveinn Birgisson.

Wardruna “Skald” will be available as:

Red colored LP Gatefold – Limited to 500 copies
Wardruna webstores exclusive

White colored LP Gatefold – Limited to 500 copies
Wardruna webstores exclusive

Black LP Gatefold/CD Digipack/Digital

US StoreEU Store / Bandcamp

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik announce exclusive European Tour in 2019

After the success of their previous collaboration ‘Skuggsjá‘; Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Einar Selvik (Wardruna) have followed up with an imposing new piece entitled ‘Hugsjá‘.

 

By weaving together indigenous and contemporary thoughts, sounds and instruments, they are inviting you on a vivid journey – exploring the distant history and traditions.

Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik announce exclusive European Tour in 2019

Now Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik are taking music from these two albums, along with special surprises from their respective bodies of work as composers, out on the European roads – executed by the front men themselves alongside their brilliant live band consisting of percussionist and backing singer Iver Sandøy, keyboardist Håkon Vinje and Hardanger Fiddler Silje Solberg.

Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik comment:

This is the realization of a new stage of this wonderful journey we are on together; first writing music, performing it at festivals, releasing it as albums; and now finally taking it all out onto the road to perform our musical works to our listeners. We are very much looking forward to these musical meetings with you all – and thank you for your massive support, at the end of the day that is what made this happen!”

Expect a concert that is as rich in atmosphere and musical storytelling as it is vast in dynamics and soundscapes. From the most intimate verses with only the herald and his strings to the megalithic roar of amplified sound – all in An Evening With Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik.

Dates and tickets: 

28/01/2019 – Paris (FR) – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
Tickets // Official Event
29/01/2019 – London (UK) – Islington Assembly Hall
Tickets
30/01/2019 – Utrecht (NL) – Tivoli – Grote Zaal
Tickets // Official Event
01/02/2019 – Dresden (DE) – Reithalle
Tickets // Official Event
02/02/2019 – Krakow (PL) – Klub Studio
Tickets // Official Event
03/02/2019 – Prague (CZ) – Hybernia Theatre
Tickets // Official Event

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