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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.
Wardruna’s Gjallarhorn concert will be this years original production for the Inferno Festival Switzerland. This unique show will take place at Chillon Castle (a medieval castle located near Montreux) on Thursday, March 14th.
On stage Wardruna will be accompanied by lur and (swiss) alphorn players. They will perform new compositions as well as Wardruna songs re-arranged specially for this occasion.
As mentioned last week, Wardruna will also do a concert with their regular line-up at the Inferno Festival in Lausanne on Friday, March 15th. More information about the festival and tickets at infernofestival.ch
Wardruna will perform at the Swiss edition of the Inferno Festival in Lausanne on Friday, March 15th. This will be the official release concert for Wardruna’s next album, ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’.
More information about the festival and tickets at infernofestival.ch
It pleases me to announce Wardruna’s first appearance in USA. Wardruna will be performing exclusively at the Stella Natura festival in Sierra Nevada’s Tahoe National Forest. September 20th–22nd 2013. Visit the festival website for more information.
A lot has happened since the release of our debut album in 2009. We have been lucky enough to be able to perform at some really special places and interesting festivals. A concert with Wardruna is in my view two-way communication, and meeting our audience has been both overwhelming and very inspiring for us.
Judging from the amount of comments and questions we get at our shows or by e-mail it seems clear to me that it is due time for more Wardruna music.
Photo: Marielle de Vries
It has taken me quite a while to find the necessary calmness and time needed in order to create the way I do. Last year in November, I began recording for ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’, which will be the second part of the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy. The creative process has been time-consuming and demanding, but I am very happy to say that I am now in the final stages of recording ‘Yggdrasil’. Like our previous album, it is partly recorded outdoors and in places or situations relevant to the given song. Although the instruments are more or less the same as on ‘gap var Ginnunga’, the nature of the set of runes featured on ‘Yggdrasil’ have naturally made it a very different album. It is also worth noting that this time I’ve been working more closely with Lindy and Gaahl during the creative process. We are all very satisfied with the result so far, and we are looking forward to presenting this new piece of old-rooted culture!
Together with Indie Recordings we are aiming for a spring release (March/April) both in Europe and in the US.
Einar Kvitrafn Selvik
Seid og Galdringskurs - praktisk inføring i norrøn magi
Kurssted: Bryggen i Bergen
Dato: Lør 21/4 kl. 10-22 og Søn 22/4 kl.10-18
Kursledere: Einar Selvik (Seid) og Lars Magnar Enoksen (Galdrer).
Mer informasjon: http://www.facebook.com/events/207008702733336/
Wardruna is very pleased to announce that they will perform at the 2012 edition of Castlefest in Netherlands. Wardruna's concert will be on Thursday, August 2nd.
More information is available at the Castlefest website.
Below is a video of Wardruna performing the song 'Algir - Tognatale' at Logen in Bergen, Norway on August 24, 2011.
‘The History of Runic Lore’ by swedish runologist Lars Magnar Enoksen gives you an honest and trustworthy explanation of the runes and how we know their meaning. The book will help to distinguish fact from fiction and is a great tool for doing first hand runologic studies and building your runic explorations on solid ground!
Below is a video of Wardruna performing the song 'Hagal' at Logen in Bergen, Norway on August 24, 2011.
The album is pressed on two 180-gram heavyweight vinyl records (available in either black or white) and housed in a sumptuous triple gatefold sleeve which also contains a 24-page booklet with lyrics, liner notes, photos and artwork.
This is without doubt the premium format on which to own Wardruna's much acclaimed debut album!
The album will of course also be sold at Wardruna's special concert (which you can read more about here) in Bergen next week.
Wardruna is pleased to finally present their self-made debut in the world of music videos. Without further ado, here is the Løyndomsriss video:
Wardruna will be performing at Logen Teater in Bergen, Norway on Wednesday, August 24 at 18:00. The concert is presented by Amber Booking in cooperation with the Hole in the Sky festival. Tickets are now available through Billettservice and Apollon (a local record store).
All Hole in the Sky ticket holders, regardless of which day the ticket is for, are eligible for discounted tickets for the Wardruna concert. When you place your order at Billettservice.no, select the ticket labeled ‘HOLE IN THE SKY’ to get the discount. (Note: Remember to also bring your Hole in the Sky ticket with you at the door.)
Regular concert goers without a HITS festival ticket have to select the ticket type labeled ‘VOKSEN’.
The vinyl edition of ‘gap var Ginnunga’ which was supposed to be released next week when Wardruna perform at Roadburn 2011 has been delayed till mid-June.
The increasing amount of e-mails I receive inquiring about the next album in the Runaljod trilogy tells me it is about time I shed some light on the current status of this project.
Since the release of ‘gap var Ginnunga’ in 2009, it has taken a while for me to find the time, space and focus which I know is necessary for making this music. As with the first album, I will not and cannot rush this work, it must be allowed to take its course. I know this may sound like bad news, but you can rest assured I'm well under way in the creative process, both writing and recording music for ‘Runaljod – Yggdrasil’. It is of course too early to talk about a release date, but I hope to be done in a year or so. I will share more specific information about the album later in the process. And perhaps some samples of the new music.
In other news, we have expanded wardruna.com a bit. We now have dedicated pages for our picture and video galleries. There’s loads of new pictures, so please have a look. No new videos though, but we’re working on that.
Speaking of site updates, recently we added a couple of new items in the web shop. The design of the linen tunics have been improved and we can now also offer a version made of wool felt. New rune sets (the Younger Futhark, 16 runes) are also available along with a nice little book called ‘The Viking Runes’, which serves as a great introduction to the magical use of the Younger Futhark. It’s written by Lars Magnar Enoksen (a Swedish writer, runologist and glima wrestler) and is based only upon runologic facts and other reliable sources on the runes. It is therefore not colored by the authors own perception of them, which is the reason I can fully endorse it. For people who are new to the runes, it is my humble opinion that the 16 runes of the Younger Futhark serves as a better starting point than the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark.
That’s all for now. Thank you for reading and for taking such warm interest in Wardruna.
Wardruna is very pleased to announce that they will perform at the 2011 edition of the Roadburn Festival in Netherlands. The concert will be on Thursday, April 14th at the Midi Theatre in Tilburg.
It has also been confirmed that ‘gap var Ginnunga’ will finally be released on vinyl. The vinyl edition of the album will be released by Burning World Records sometime prior to Wardruna’s appearance at the Roadburn Festival.
More info and a full press release is available at Roadburn’s website.
Wardruna will be performing at the Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday 12th August. Visit www.oyafestivalen.com for more details and to get tickets.
It has now been confirmed that Wardruna will be performing at the Slottsfjell festival in Tønsberg, Norway, on July 17. More info about the festival and tickets can be found at www.slottsfjellfestival.no
Wardruna will also be performing at a Norwegian open-air festival called Vikingrock on July 10. The festival takes place in Gudvangen, located in the inner part of the Nærøyfjord, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. More info about the festival and tickets can be found at www.vikingrock.no
A collection of photos from Wardruna's concert at the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway on March 30th 2010.
On April 9th, 2009 Wardruna was the first band to ever play a concert in front of the majestic Viking ships at the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway. About a year later, on March 30th, 2010, they will return to do the same again, but this time the concert will take place in the evening. This will surely make it an even more atmospheric concert than the previous one which was held during the regular daytime opening hours of the museum.
Photo by Kai Holmen.
All our T-shirts are back in stock. The Wardruna album is also available as digital download (MP3 or FLAC). Several new pendants as well as brand new rune sets are now for sale. We have also made the linen tunic available in children's sizes.
Video of Wardruna performing "Kauna" live at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands on September 19th 2009.
Recent video interviews with Kvitrafn and Gaahl by FaceCulture:
Video of Wardruna performing "Hagal" live at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands on September 19th 2009.
Wardruna have been picked out to play at the by:Larm festival in Oslo, February 18-20, 2010. Visit www.bylarm.no for more information.
Wardruna will also perform at the EuroSonic festival which is taking place from January 14-16 in Groningen, Netherlands. Visit www.noorderslag.nl for more information.
The concert at the Incubate Festival was filmed with several cameras and the sound was recorded as well. As soon as we have received and processed all audio and footage, we will upload a proper high quality video to YouTube. In the meantime you can check out these videos:
The recent Wardruna concerts in Nauen (Germany) and Tilburg (Netherlands) went very well. Big thanks to everyone involved in the planning and execution of these shows, especially the people at Incubate for all their work on the venue, which was great. If you have any live photos or videos, we would appreciate if you share them with us online or send them directly to kvitrafn-at-wardruna.com. Thanks.
In other news, we now have a few Odin T-shirts available in the Fimbulljóð shop. Not very many though, just leftovers from the aforementioned concerts. We're planning to restock all our T-shirts during the autumn/winter, so all sizes will then become available again.
We have also created a Wardruna Twitter page. For now it will primarily be used as an additional way of delivering Wardruna updates.
Photo by Helen Boast.
A short excerpt of Wardruna's "Algir - Tognatale" is featured in the TV trailer for Rob Zombie's new movie "Halloween 2".
As you can see below, Wardruna is currently preparing for the forthcoming live shows in Nauen (Germany) and Tilburg (Netherlands).
A new member has also been recruited for the live lineup. Erlend Gjerde, who is known for his excellent drum work in Stonegard, will be leading Wardruna's main battery in the time to come. The full live lineup is thus: Kvitrafn, Gaahl, Lindy-Fay, Erlend Gjerde, Arne Sandvoll and Egil Furenes.
A brand new Wardruna T-shirt is now available in the shop. We have also added 17 new rune pendants.
As you may have noticed, we are currently in the process of reorganizing and redesigning wardruna.com. Some of the new pages - like the ‘gap var Ginnunga’ page with lyrics (including english translations), cover art and liner notes - are already online while others are still in progress.
Wardruna will headline this year's Rock for Roots festival, set to take place September 4-5 in Nauen (near Berlin), Germany. Visit rock-for-roots.com for more information.
I'm happy to announce that Wardruna is confirmed to perform at the Incubate festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. The concert will take place on September 19 near a rural inn called ‘In den Bockenreyder’.
Check out incubate.org for more info on the venue and its surroundings, tickets etc.
The first ever Wardruna concert took place two days ago and judging by all the positive feedback we have received, I'd say it was successful. It was with a great deal of reverence and pride that we, amongst the ancient longships and relics in The Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy, performed our songs in front of an audience of two hundred persons. It was a wonderful experience and great thanks goes out to everyone who made it happen. This will definitely not be the last time Wardruna perform live!
- Einar Kvitrafn -
Photo by Alexander Langsholt
During this years edition of the Inferno Music Conference Wardruna will perform live in front of the Oseberg ship in the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy in Oslo, Norway. The concert will take place on Thursday April 9 at 13:45. There will be a limited number of tickets available for those who are not attending the Inferno Music Conference. More info on this will follow shortly.
Update: For those of you who wish to see the concert, but do not plan to take part in the Inferno Music Conference (IMC), it will be possible to just show up at the Viking Ship Museum and buy a ticket directly there.
A new photo set called ‘Creating gap var Ginnunga’ has been added to Wardruna's Flickr page. The pictures documents some aspects of the creation process of ‘Runaljod – gap var Ginnunga’.
Video of Wardruna performing ‘Dagr’ on Store Studio (Norwegian talkshow).
‘Runaljod – gap var Ginnunga’, which was released yesterday, can be heard in its entirety through our MySpace page for the rest of the week.
Tune in to NRK1 this coming Monday (19 Jan.) at 22.25 PM and see Wardruna perform live on the Norwegian talkshow Store Studio hosted by Anne Lindmo. If you want to be in the audience, you can book tickets via email@example.com or call 23 04 21 66. We will post a link to the video of the show as soon as NRK makes it available online.
Five new rune pendants have been added in the shop. The Odin T-shirt is also available again.
The Dutch online magazine FaceCulture have posted footage from a recent interview with Gaahl where he talks about Wardruna.
Visit the following page to see the interview:
Subscribe for the Wardruna newsletter and get a free high quality MP3 (256 kbps) of ‘Algir – Tognatale’ from Wardruna's debut album ‘Runaljod – gap var Ginnunga’. Use the subscription form in the sidebar to sign up. Existing subscribers should already have received an e-mail with a link to the MP3.
The release date of ‘Runaljod – gap var Ginnunga’ is approaching (January 19), so we have decided to add ‘Hagal’ to the music player both here and on MySpace. You can also check out the cover artwork and complete track listing below. Some of the other songs from the album has already been played on various radio shows around in Europe and so far the feedback has been great! We'll try to keep you posted about future radio broadcasts.
Note: The left cover is a slipcase, the other is the front-page of the elaborate 24 page booklet. Both may appear if you look for the album in online stores.
Four new rune pendants have been added in the shop section. It seems these are sought after items so I will try to make new ones more regularly in the future.
I'm delighted to announce that Wardruna's debut album ‘Runaljod – gap var Ginnunga’ will be released on January 19, 2009 by Indie Recordings, under exclusive license from my own Fimbuljóð Productions. This is an ideal partnership for Wardruna; not only will the music be distributed and promoted in the manner it deserves, we also get to work with the fine people at Indie Recordings here in Norway. They have proven themselves to be very professional and dedicated to their work and I am very pleased to be able to work with them and totally confident that this is the right label for Wardruna.
We have updated all the songs in the music player. You can now listen to the final and mastered versions of the songs.
We apologize for the lack of update activity here lately. We promise more frequent updates from now on and will soon announce the details for the release of the first Wardruna album ‘Runaljod – gap var Ginnunga’. In the meanwhile you can check out this interview with Kvitrafn which was done in March 2008. It was originally published in Dark City Magazine #44.
We would also like to use this opportunity to thank everyone for the overwhelmingly positive response to the songs that was published in March. Since then we have received lots of e-mails and messages via MySpace etc., all of which are read and much appreciated. Unfortunately we can't respond to all of you, but you should know it is appreciated. Thanks.
Welcome to the new Wardruna website. We have put a lot of work into this site and hope you will like it. Please feel free to post your comments in the guestbook.
The upcoming full-lenght album ‘gap var Ginnunga’ is still in the works and has been somewhat delayed in the absence of proper studio facilities during the last year. This is now in order and the pace has picked up, so we hope to complete the album within this following summer.
In the meanwhile you can listen to these songs in the music player:
Please keep in mind that these are still raw mixes and not finished songs. They are also likely to make more sense conceptually when the album can be heard in its entirety. (For those eager to know, ‘gap var Ginnunga’ will feature the following runes: Hagall, Bjarkan, Thurs, Jara, Laukr, Kauna, Algir, Dagr.)
The first ever Wardruna T-shirt is now available in the shop. Artwork by Hans G. Sørsensen. Sizes available: small, medium, large and extra large.
(Note: Very limited supply. Order soon to make sure you get your size.)
Music by Wardruna has now been featured in two documentary films. One of them, ‘Heksene’ (translated: ‘The Witches’) – a Norwegian film on modern Wicca witches by Piotr Kuzinski, was broadcasted by TV2, the biggest commercial TV channel in Norway.
The more recent Vice films documentary on Gaahl (known from bands like Trelldom, Gorgoroth etc.) called ‘True Norwegian Black Metal’ also made extensive use of Wardruna songs. This documentary will be released on a Vice DVD with several other related segments. The first pressing of this DVD is 100,000 units, and will be distributed in all major music retailers in the US, and most in Europe. Meanwhile VBS.tv has posted a five-part series of the documentary at their website and their YouTube Channel. Direct links below:
You can now listen to ‘Løyndomsriss’ at the official Wardruna MySpace profile. More songs will be posted online when Wardruna.com is launched sometime this spring/summer.