Wardruna has announced a unique virtual release show taking place on 26th of March.
Wardruna’s signature sound has no borders. Transcending time, language and musical genres. The Norwegian collective is widely admired for their idiosyncratic, authentic and extraordinary stage performances.
Amidst the global pandemic and the uncertain future of live performances, Wardruna welcomes you to join them from your own homes for an ambitious virtual release show. Seeking to reconnect audiences from around the globe, and to reimagine the entire live experience in a bold new way.
By joining the event you can experience the premiere performance of songs from their new album ‘Kvitravn’ alongside their earlier works, set in special surroundings arranged specifically for this evening.
Virtual tickets and special release show merchandise will be available on Feb. 5th, 9am GMT/10am CET through www.wardrunashop.com.
NEW ALBUM ‘KVITRAVN (WHITE RAVEN)’ OUT NOW VIA SONY MUSIC/COLUMBIA RECORDS/MFN & BY NORSE MUSIC, CHARTING WORLDWIDE
Masterful Norwegian storytellers Wardruna have recently released their brand new album, ‘Kvitravn’, on Sony Music/Columbia Records for the world (partnering with Music for Nations for the UK and By Norse Music). The album charting in several countries worldwide, peaking at #1 on the iTunes global album charts three days in a row during the first days after release, in addition to reaching #1 in 17 countries on the iTunes All Genre chart, as well as a long list of high placements in further countries, including #3 in the UK.
Following an intensive period in the studio, ‘Kvitravn’ musically continues where the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy left off, yet it marks a distinct evolution in Wardruna’s unique sound. In a rich musical tapestry, Wardruna use a broad selection of both traditional and historical instruments such as Kravik-lyre, Trossingen-lyre, Taglharpa, Sootharp, Langeleik, Crwth, Goat- horn, Lur, Bronze-lur, flute, Moraharpa, and the record also features guest appearances by a small group of prominent traditional singers, spearheaded by Kirsten Bråten Berg, one of the most important custodians of Norwegian traditional song. Throughout eleven songs, ‘Kvitravn’ discusses Northern sorcery, spirit-animals, shadows, nature and animism, the wisdom and meanings of certain myths, various Norse spiritual concepts, and the relation between sage and songs.
About the new album, Wardruna founder Einar Selvik reveals:
“To recite and copy the past is not very difficult, but to understand and integrate ancient thoughts, tools and methods with real purpose into a creation that is relevant to the modern era is truly challenging and remains our prime goal in our work.”
“Although the album carries a variant of my own totemic artist name, it has, in this context, little to do with me but rather refers to the symbolism and legends of sacred white animals found in Nordic and other cultures all over the world. These highly regarded ghostly creatures, whether a raven, snake, bear, moose, reindeer, elephant or lion – are in animist traditions seen as prophetic, divine messengers, and guardians representing renewal, purity and a bridge between worlds.”