The Nordics Unveiled

‘The Nordics Unveiled’ is a new podcast series curated and presented by Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, who embarks on the journey of exploring the Nordic art and cultural heritage.

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The Nordics Unveiled

A podcast by Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, who embarks on the journey to the mystical North

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The Nordics Unveiled

Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing has grown up in a 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. The so called ‘Nordic sound’ is strongly inspired by nature, moods and changes. Everything from the northern lights, to deep mountains and valleys, to water.
The lyrical, melancholic and often cautious optimists are a key words to explain what can often be characterized 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 a warm humor. Many of these features also appear in other artistic disciplines. How has history shaped us and what can we learn from who we are today?

Embark on the journey to the North and join Eldbjørg Hemsing in “The Nordics Unveiled“, exploring the themes of Nordic mythology, folk music, Sami tradition, discovery of forgotten Nordic works in music, philosophy, architecture and nature.  

EPISODE 1

Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen
Lasse Thoresen – Folk motives and the Nordic sound

EPISODE 2

Mette Henriette – Sami heritage in the modern Nordic sound

EPISODE 3

Ottar Kåsa - Hardanger fiddle player
Ottar Kåsa – “Instrument of the devil” Hardanger fiddle

EPISODE 4

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, composer
Maja S. K. Ratkje – Contemporary sound from the North

EPISODE 5

Knut Ljøgodt, director of Nordic Institute of Art
Dr. Knut Ljøgodt – Nordic reflections in Fire Arts

EPISODE 6

Hallgrim Hansegård, Frikar (photo credit: Pål-Laukli)
Hallgrim Hansegård – Movement from the North, heritage of dance

EPISODE 7

Terje Isungset
Terje Isungset – When the coldness of ice resonates

EPISODE 8

Per Sundnes, NRK
Per Sundnes – Pop culture of the North

EPISODE 9

Synne Skouen, composer
Synne Skouen – Prominent voice of Nordic music scene

EPISODE 10

The Nordics Unveiled - Coming soon
The Nordics Unveiled – Coming soon

Reviews

5.0 out of 5

Painting Serene Soundscapes

The Nordics Unveiled dives into a culture few people have yet had access to, showcasing how the environment of the North has inspired both the sounds and the legends that come out of it. The first episode was able to take me away from the highway I was biking along to the vast landscape of the snowy mountain tops! The host of the show has a friendly, calming voice imbued with expert perspectives that spark enlightening conversations and heartwarming connection quite like her music itself.


A soft, gentle and warm show

As her name suggest, Eldbjørg is on fire here! This is the podcast I never knew I needed, but now can’t wait until the next episode comes ❤️ If you are a person that does not know anything about Nordic culture I would advise to listen to this podcast, as it is like a soft, warm blanket on a cold (Nordic) winter night. I highly recommend sipping from a warm chocolate drink while listening to the soft voices on the show. Although informative, I do recommend a basic knowledge of the northern European countries, their location and general history before listening. And no, Vikings (the TV-show) is not a good reference. Tusen Takk Eldbjørg ❤️👏🏻


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Production of podcast “The Nordics Unveiled” was made possible with generous support form foundations Dextra Musica and Bergesenstiftelsen.

The Nordics Unveiled © Hestia Arts AS

Matic Gajsek, Executive producer
Mathias Myren, Sound production