Ivar Bjørnson's Bardspec (feat. Kevin Hufnagel of Gorguts)
The evening begins with a performance by BardSpec, the ambient project from Enslaved's composer/guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. For this special New York by Norse event performance, Ivar Bjørnson will be joined for one song by none other than Gorguts's mastermind Keven Hufnagel. BardSpec comprises Ivar, his computer, some keys, a few strings, a pedal or two, a video canon and sometimes even a trapeze artist. The direction is dark, surprisingly rhythmic, and psychedelically hypnotic. In sound and concept, BardSpec is about minimizing, cutting away, subtracting, and meditating upon the simplest essence of things—the basic elements and building blocks that make up the whole.
Einar Selvik workshop - the thoughts and tools behind Wardruna
The second part of the evening is a workshop with Einar Selvik who will discuss his approach to historical Norse music, the extensive creative concept behind Wardruna´s ongoing Runaljod trilogy, as well as his approach and study of the runes and other esoteric Norse arts. The workshop will feature a demonstration by Einar of a selection of antiquated Nordic instruments; an acoustic performance of Wardruna's music, including the newly released 3rd part of the Trilogy Ragnarok; and a Q & A session with the audience.
About Norse by New York
“New York By Norse” is the second installment of By Norse events – significant international happenings designed to support Norwegian art, music, literature, film and culture abroad. New York was chosen specifically for celebrating Enslaved 25 years together with their American fans; and as the site for showcasing Einar Selvik of Wardruna - together with unique art exhibitions, workshops and special showcases spanning over two days, 09 and 10 of December 2016.
By Norse was founded by Einar Selvik (Fimbuljod Productions, Wardruna), Ivar Bjørnson (Peersen Production AS, Enslaved, BardSpec) and Simon Füllemann (AISA - All Independent Service Alliance LLC, All Access Agency).
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Scandinavia House was created by the American-Scandinavian Foundation to be the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States. It offers a wide range of program that include exhibitions, film series, concerts and other performances, readings, lectures, language courses, and activities for kids.