NORDIC REALMS is a sensory smörgåsbord of concerts and workshops, charting the folk and classical traditions of the Nordic nations: an irresistible spread of curated and furnished musical delicacies, embodying the essence of each of the Nordic countries.
We set sail on an epic voyage around Olaus Magnus' legendary CARTA MARINA, exploring rich shared traditions, as well as the instruments and tunes which make the territory unique. Contrasting with the historic map, we offer a contemporary maritime theme, a bespoke programme book, merchandise and distinctive food and drink.
A live music experience like no other: a feast of musical fare and culinary harmony, from haunting hardingfeler to Faroese frikadellur.
Programme & Arrangements - Toby Hawks
Event Design & Management - Simon Munro
Toby Hawks - hardingfele, kantele, jouhikko, nyckelharpa, violin
Gabi Maas - nyckelharpa, violin
Jo Burke - hardingfele, keyboard, violin, voice
Bimbi Urquhart - viola, violin
Max Lamprecht - double bass
Running time: 2 hours (with 2 intervals)
Première: 26th October 2018, St James Church Hall, Leith
Photography - Savan Panchal
Video - Mario Cruzado
Hospitality - Simon Munro, Roz Maclennan, Karen Esslemont, Kaisa Mikkola, Joy Reid, Sara Morris
Drinks suppliers: Wild and Scottish (Sea Buckthorn Juice), Cairn O'Mohr (Sparkling Elderflower)
Printing (Programme) : Out of the Blueprint
SWEDEN – ÅLAND – FINLAND
Sven i Rosengård / Polska efter Gustav Strutz - Blågeta-Jässpodspolska - Låt frå Åland - Marssi - Jouhikko - Solitude
DENMARK – FAROE ISLANDS – GREENLAND
Greeting - Drømde mik en drøm i nat - Mit hjerte altid vanker - Kalattuut - Lag frá Føroyar
NORWAY – SCOTLAND – ICELAND
Andershagaleiten / Fuglakongen - Da Muckle Reel o Finnigirth - Da Aald Reel o Whalsay - Unst Boat Song - Ó guð vors lands
What people thought
“We thoroughly enjoyed your concert on Friday...the music was beautiful. We really loved learning about the various types of music and instruments from Scandinavia - an education!”
“Thank you for a magical evening with Musica Nordica. It was so lovely – like being at a party with some music. I loved the instruments, the short pieces and I especially loved Toby’s chat. Hope you considered it a success. I can’t wait for the next event.”
“It was a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful event. We enjoyed it very much.”
“Hello and thank you for a unique and delightful evening of very special music: it was wonderful.”
“The evening was a great success. For a long time I haven’t responded to music quite as deeply as I did on Friday. I was really moved by it There was something wonderfully unique and for me previously unheard in what you did. I loved the rhythmic complexity and ambiguity of the tunes. It was traditional but it wasn’t predictable AABB like so much Scottish fiddle music. I also enjoyed the rich harmonies of the violins. It was like listening to proto string quartets or the missing link - like finding Lucy - between folk and classical. It reminded me of Yoyo Ma’s Silk Road project. Except I could smell the clean sea air with a faint whiff of seaweed.
You have a wonderful team of musicians; the food was great too! I can imagine you playing at the opening of a Scandi - Scottish government summit or something like that, if such things exist!”
“We just wanted to say thank you! It was fantastic! It was lovely to get the music wrapped up in the narratives, and to be able to enjoy the looking as well as listening to all those amazing instruments. Thanks again.”
“That was a damned fine event. Great music, relaxed chat and those little intervals were a stroke of genius! You can all be very pleased with yourselves.”