An evening with Einar Selvik

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Join us as part of That JORVIK Viking Thing 2021 for an Evening with Einar Selvik, Nordic folk musician extraordinaire.

Fresh from the launch of his band Wardruna’s latest album, Kvitravn, on 22 January 2021, Einar will talk about his music, demonstrate instruments and play some of his most recent music.  With ticket holders invited to send their questions for a live a Q&A session hosted by leading music journalist and filmmaker, Alexander Milas, this is a unique event for all fans of Nordic folk music.

Einar has previously performed to sell-out audiences at two JORVIK Viking Festivals, and his music featured in the fiery finale to the 2019 Festival. His unique style provided the soundtrack for the History Channel’s Vikings series, and he also composed the music for the new Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla game.

This online event can be viewed from all four corners of the globe, taking place at 7.30pm GMT.  The livestream will be recorded and available on demand for ticket holders until 6pm GMT on Saturday 27 February 2021.

If you buy a ticket now (after the event has ended) you will be able to watch the full recorded stream on demand until 6pm on Saturday 27 February.

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About Kvitravn, Wardruna’s latest album

Masterful Norwegian storytellers Wardruna released their brand new album, Kvitravn (meaning White Raven) on Music For Nations/Columbia Germany, 22nd January 2021.

Kvitravn musically continues where the Runaljod trilogy left off, yet it marks a distinct evolution in Wardruna’s unique sound. In a rich musical tapestry, Wardruna use a broad selection of both traditional and historical instruments such as Kravik-lyre, Trossingen-lyre, Taglharpa, Sootharp, Langeleik, Crwth, Goat- horn, Lur, Bronze-lur, flute, Moraharpa, and the record also features guest appearances by a small group of prominent traditional singers, spearheaded by Kirsten Bråten Berg, one of the most important custodians of Norwegian traditional song. Throughout eleven songs, Kvitravn discusses Northern sorcery, spirit-animals, shadows, nature and animism, the wisdom and meanings of certain myths, various Norse spiritual concepts, and the relation between sage and songs.

About the new album, Einar Selvik comments, “To recite and copy the past is not very difficult, but to understand and integrate ancient thoughts, tools and methods with real purpose into a creation that is relevant to the modern era is truly challenging and remains our prime goal in our work”; He continues, “although the album carries a variant of my own totemic artist name, it has, in this context, little to do with me but rather refers to the symbolism and legends of sacred white animals found in Nordic and other cultures all over the world. These highly regarded ghostly creatures, whether a raven, snake, bear, moose, reindeer, elephant or lion – are in animist traditions seen as prophetic, divine messengers, and guardians representing renewal, purity and a bridge between worlds.”

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