Circumpolar soundpoet Torgeir Vassvik was born in Gamvik, an old Sámi fishing village on the northernmost tip of Norway, where the shamanistic joiking traditions of the coastal Sámi people draw their strength and profundity from the extreme climate and remoteness of the landscape. The Oslo-based invoker of spectral soundscapes is an intense, individual performer, whose innovative experiments with the animistic vocal tradition have been entrancing audiences across Europe, Russia and Japan.
His guttural chanting, by turns accompanied by his frame-drum or his battered acoustic guitar, is spurred on to deeper communications with the nature of things by a string trio of cello, violin and Icelandic fiddle whose sonorous keening, scraping and soaring, spiral up onto an ethereal plane of stark beauty. Commune with Vassvik and reconnect with your inner shaman.
Torgeir Vassvik - vocals, frame drum, guitar
Audun Johan Strype - sound design
Kristin Alsos Strand - cello, vocals
Kari Rønnekleiv - violin, vocals