The Northern Lights Festival adds music to Arctic Frontiers
The Arctic universe is full of music. January is an amazing month in Tromsø, an annual cultural peak, and nothing is more natural for Arctic Frontiers than collaborating with The Northern Lights Festival.
He underlines that he sees the collaboration with Arctic Frontiers as a way to capture the attention from a wide international audience: politicians, academia, media and business people. And he promises that the music chosen for the conferences evening program will give an insight to Arctic music.
The music starts at the opening of the conference on Sunday 18 January where Berit Norbakken Solset, a local soprano with an international career, will sing Grieg at the conference opening at Polaria.
On the following night, Monday 19, we present a performance with tastes of the intercultural High North. The focus is on the northern Norwegian spirituality. The concert will be given at The Clarion Hotel The Edge. Kirsten Mellem is the musical storyteller. The title of the concerts is “Coffee cups and psalms”.
On Tuesday 20, Anneli Drecker, know from the pop band Bel Canto, from numerous international performances, including concerts with A-ha, and from theatre and movies, will perform songs written by the poet Arvid Hanssen. The concert is called “Rocks and Straws”, with reference to one of Hanssen’s poems, all describing the every day life; hardship and joy, in coastal northern Norway. Drecker will be singing at Clarion Hotel The Edge together with some of Norway’s finest musicians.
Finally, on Wednesday 21, the pianist Benjamin Mørk, from the island Senja, south of Tromsø, will play at Verkstedet at Kulturhuset. Mørk is a rising star on the Arctic jazz scene, with remarkable reviews internationally.