What is typically Nordic? What characterizes our history, development and who we are today? Let’s embark on a little journey to the North with Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing to find out.
I am excited to share about a new podcast I have been listening to lately. The Nordics Unveiled takes you on a virtual trip to discover the so-called ‘Nordic sound’ which is strongly inspired by nature, moods and changes – everything from the northern lights, to deep mountains and valleys to water. If you are interested in Nordic folklore and traditions – both when it comes to music and culture; this podcast is for you!
In a year like 2020 when most of us live without much social interaction, listening to podcasts has been one of the things that have helped me get through the long days and feel less lonely whether it is while out walking my dog or while cozy at home. And in many ways, a podcast like the Nordics Unveiled has made me feel less homesick too while reconnecting me with my Norwegian heritage. I have really enjoyed listening to the episodes released so far and find it both calming and fascinating.
The lyrical, melancholic and often cautious optimists are keywords to explain what can often be characterised as Nordic. The clean, simple and often pictorial. At the same time, it is a courage and a force to be reckoned with, as can be drawn from Nordic fairy tales, often with warm humour.
The series is curated and presented by the amazing Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing. She grew up in the village of Aurdal, in the valley of Valdres where centuries-old folk music tradition had influenced and inspired composers such as Grieg, Ole Bull and Halvorsen. In the podcast, she sets off on a journey of exploring the themes of Nordic mythology, folk music, Sami tradition, as well as the discovery of forgotten Nordic works in music, philosophy, architecture and nature. With a list of exciting guests including Lasse Thorese, Mette Henriette, Ottar Kåsa, Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje and Hallgrim Hansegård as well as upcoming guests such as Sami artist Mari Boine, I am sure you will enjoy listening in too.
You can find the podcast on the usual platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts to name a few (or simply click on the link below). Stay tuned because a new episode will be released each week.
To help introduce you to the sound of the Nordics, I am in collaboration with @eldbjordhemsing giving you the chance to WIN one of three signed copies of her latest CD Grieg Violin Sonatas over on Instagram. Enter here. *contest now closed
Hope you will enjoy the podcast and your journey to the North exploring what is typically Nordic :)
Disclaimer: This blogpost is sponsored by Hestia Arts, but all the thoughts and opinions are my own.