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Nordic folk outfit WARDRUNA Unveil Epic Music Video for Title Track “Kvitravn” (White Raven)

DT: OCTOBER 16, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH, SRO PR


NORDIC FOLK OUTFIT
WARDRUNA
REVEAL EPIC MUSIC VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK
KVITRAVN

ALBUM DUE JANUARY 22
VIA BY NORSE MUSIC (U.S)
FOLLOWED BY FALL 2021 N. AMERICAN TOUR
(9/23 – 10/21)

WARDRUNA—who are widely known for their ability to transcend music genres, cultures and languages while introducing innovative and genre-creating renditions of ancient Nordic traditions and using a broad selection of both traditional and historical instruments–are excited to reveal the monumental music video for the title track of their upcoming fifth full length album, KVITRAVN—which translates to ‘White Raven.’ The album is set for release on January 22, 2021 via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.). The album continues where their RUNALJOD trilogy left off in 2016 with RUNALJOD – RAGNAROK–which charted at #1 Billboard’s World Music charts in the U.S. and Canada.

Kvitravn” is out today, October 16, across all digital platforms along with the exclusive premiere of its epic music video seen below. The video for “Kvitravn” was produced by Ragnarok Films–who also recorded the video for the single “Lyfjaberg” which the band wrote, recorded and filmed earlier this year amidst the pandemic. It was filmed at several locations across Norway and Russia.

“I am very excited to finally share this song with you,” states WARDRUNA founder/composer Einar Selvik. “‘Kvitravn’ is a song that explores traditions of animal-guides and 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.”

He continues with details on filming the “Kvitravn” music video sharing:

“Being fully aware of how rare it is to come across white ravens, we knew from the start that this would be an ambitious and challenging task to pull off. However, fate seemed to be on our side in this and the ‘impossible’ piece of the puzzle fell into place as if gifted from the divine. The video was shot in various locations in Norway and Russia and was produced by Ragnarok Film, the same team responsible for our previous video for the song ‘Lyfjaberg.’”

Wardruna - Kvitravn (White Raven)WARDRUNA – “Kvitravn” (White Raven) Official Music Video

Pre-order KVITRAVN via digital download +/or on CD and 180-gram 2LP gatefold vinyl (black and ltd. Edition white options) at https://wardruna.lnk.to/Kvitravn_Album.

Selvik recently shared that he was enlisted to work on the score for the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed® franchise, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (out November 17). His track “Hrafnsmál – The Words of the Raven” is included on the game’s soundtrack EP Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla—Out Of The North which is out now via Lakeshore Records. Download it here: https://smarturl.it/ACV-EP.

The prestigious EGIL STORBEKKEN´S MUSIC PRIZE 2020–a national honorary award that was created in memory of the Norwegian musician, composer and cultural bearer Egil Storbekken was awarded to Selvik this year due to his extraordinary efforts and works with Norwegian folk music, especially the older folk instruments.

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WARDRUNA will return to the US in fall 2021 and were last seen stateside in 2018 where they sold-out a headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado following sold-out shows worldwide, including major festival headlining appearances (Hellfest, Roadburn, Summer Breez, Castle Fest, Echoes & Merveilles, Rock oz Arenes, Rock The Coast, etc.). Dates can be found on the admat or listed below.

DATE CITY VENUE
Wed 9/23 Charlotte, NC Owens Auditorium
Thu 9/24 Washington, DC Warner Theatre
Fri 9/25 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
Sun 9/27 Boston, MA The Orpheum Theater
Mon 9/28 Montreal, QC M Telus
Tue 9/29 Toronto, ON Meridian Hall
Thu 10/1 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre
Fri 10/2 Minneapolis, MN The State Theatre
Mon 10/5 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee
Wed 10/7 Salem, OR Elsinore Theatre
Thu 10/8 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Fri 10/9 Vancouver, BC The Chan Centre
Sun 10/11 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Tue 10/13 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
Thu 10/15 El Cajon, CA Magnolia
Fri 10/16 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Sat 10/17 Mesa, AZ Ikeda Theatre
Mon 10/19 Dallas, TX The Majestic Theatre
Wed 10/21 Denver, CO The Paramount Theatre

Find more information on WARDRUNA here:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

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WARDRUNA Postpone North American Tour to 2021; Announce Rescheduled Dates

 

DT: AUGUST 5, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH

 


 
NORDIC TRADITIONAL FOLK OUTFIT
WARDRUNA
POSTPONE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR TO 2021;
ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED DATES
 
NEW ALBUM
‘KVITRAVN’
DUE JANUARY 22, 2021

VIA BY NORSE MUSIC (U.S)

 

 
Nordic folk outfit WARDRUNA–forced to reschedule their previously announced 2020 North American tour due to the pandemic–today (August 5) have announced new dates for fall 2021. The band’s last jaunt to the U.S. was in 2018 and included a sold-out headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado following sold-out shows worldwide, including major festival headlining appearances (Hellfest, Roadburn, Summer Breez, Castle Fest, Echoes & Merveilles, Rock oz Arenes, Rock The Coast, etc.).

WARDRUNA‘s rescheduled 2021 North American tour dates are as follows:
 
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Wed
9/23
Charlotte, NC
Owens Auditorium
Thu
9/24
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
Fri
9/25
Brooklyn, NY
Kings Theatre
Sun
9/27
Boston, MA
The Orpheum Theater
Mon
9/28
Montreal, QC
M Telus
Tue
9/29
Toronto, ON
Meridian Hall
Thu
10/1
Chicago, IL
Auditorium Theatre
Fri
10/2
Minneapolis, MN
The State Theatre
Mon
10/5
Calgary, AB
Southern Alberta Jubilee
Wed
10/7
Salem, OR
Elsinore Theatre
Thu
10/8
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
Fri
10/9
Vancouver, BC
The Chan Centre
Sun
10/11
Salt Lake City, UT
The Complex
Tue
10/13
Oakland, CA
Paramount Theatre
Thu
10/15
El Cajon, CA
Magnolia
Fri
10/16
Los Angeles, CA
Orpheum Theatre
Sat
10/17
Mesa, AZ
Ikeda Theatre
Mon
10/19
Dallas, TX
The Majestic Theatre
Wed
10/21
Denver, CO
The Paramount Theatre
 
WARDRUNA will release their fifth full length album, KVITRAVN–which translates to ‘White Raven’–January 22, 2021 via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC /COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.). Widely known for their ability to transcend music genres, cultures and languages while introducing innovative and genre-creating renditions of ancient Nordic traditions, KVITRAVN 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 and include 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 its 11 songs, KVITRAVNdiscusses 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.
 
The first new music was heard earlier this year in February with the debut single/music video “Grá” (which translates in English as ‘grey’) seen HERE. The song speaks about the ancient bond and relationship between man and wolf and seeks to address and acknowledge the cost and responsibility of being part of, and not above, nature.
 
Pre-order options for KVITRAVN are available via digital download at https://wardruna.lnk.to/Kvitravn_Album. The album is also available on CD and 180-gram 2LP gatefold vinyl (black or ltd. Edition white) at https://wardruna.aisamerch.com/.
 
KVITRAVN cover artwork
Find more information on WARDRUNA here:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER
 
SRO Press Releases + Assets: www.sropr.com/portfolio/wardruna
 
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SRO PR
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585-765-5162

 

WARDRUNA’s EINAR SELVIK Reveals New Track Featured on ‘ASSASSIN’S CREED VALHALLA: OUT OF THE NORTH’ EP Out Nonw via LAKESHORE RECORDS / UBISOFT

 
DT: JULY 17, 2020

 

 
FM: KELLY WALSH

 

 



WARDRUNA’S
EINAR SELVIK COMPOSES
“HRAFNSMÁL – THE WORDS OF THE RAVEN”
TRACK FOR
‘ASSASSIN’S CREED VALHALLA: OUT OF THE NORTH’ EP
OUT TODAY (JULY 17)
VIA LAKESHORE RECORDS / UBISOFT
 
SELVIK GIVEN PRESTIGIOUS
‘EGIL STORBEKKEN´S MUSIC PRIZE 2020’ AWARD
 

 
 
EINAR SELVIK– the Norwegian composer, musician and creative mastermind behind the Nordic folk band WARDRUNA, who use of a wide range of old Nordic instruments and lyrics placed in a contemporary soundscape to musically interpret Old Norse and Nordic traditions-was enlisted to work on the score for the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed® franchise, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla alongside BAFTA Award-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s Creed, Ezio Trilogy) and American composer Sarah Schachner (Assassin’s Creed Origins). In partnership with Ubisoft, Lakeshore Records today (July 17) have released a seven-track EP of original music taken from the forthcoming official soundtrack Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla-Out Of The North which features SELVIK‘s track “Hrafnsmál – The Words of the Raven.” The track was premiered yesterday (July 16) via Loudwire who lauded its “stirring musical soundscape.”
 
“It´s a great honor for me to be welcomed into this massive Assassins Creed entity and long-time pillars of historical storytelling in games,” says SELVIK.”I have been tasked by Ubisoft to create music that displays and builds upon authentic Norse historical musicality. Through historical instruments, their inherent tonalities, oral poetic traditions and language, I have aimed to make creations that could potentially bring the player closer to the theme and era of the game. It feels great to finally be able share the first piece of music with you all!”
 
Download/stream Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla-Out Of The North EP here: https://smarturl.it/ACV-EP
 
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release worldwide on November 17, 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Stadia, and for Windows PC exclusively on both the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release on Xbox Series X and PlayStation®5 upon the launch of the consoles. The game will also be available on UPLAY+**, Ubisoft’s subscription service.
 
WARDRUNA and SELVIK have previously contributed extensively on the soundtrack and music for History Channel´s TV-series VIKINGS, where EINAR also appeared in two episodes as a singer. The massive musical contributions to the show have exposed their music to a broad audience worldwide. Since then, they have performed sold out shows worldwide, including major festival headline appearances (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Hellfest, Summer Breeze, Roadburn, Rock oz Arenes, Rock the Coast and many more).
 
SELVIK was also recently awarded the EGIL STORBEKKEN´S MUSIC PRIZE 2020–a national honorary award that was created in memory of the Norwegian musician, composer and cultural bearer Egil Storbekken. It can be given to people who have made an extraordinary effort in various work with Norwegian folk music, and especially the older folk instruments.
 
WARDRUNA will release their fifth full length album, KVITRAVN-which translates to ‘White Raven’-on January 22, 2021 via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.).

 
KVITRAVN cover artwork
 
 
Find more information on WARDRUNA here:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER
 
SRO Press Releases + Assets: www.sropr.com/portfolio/wardruna
 
ABOUT ASSASSIN’S CREED
Since it first launched in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed series has sold more than 140 million games worldwide. The franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series in video game history. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed transcends video games, branching out into numerous other entertainment media.
 
ABOUT UBISOFT
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs.For the 2019-20 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,534 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.
 
ABOUT LAKESHORE RECORDS
Lakeshore Records works with the most respected, award-winning artists and composers such as Jonny Greenwood, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Daniel Lanois, PJ Harvey, Nicholas Britell, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Cliff Martinez, James Horner, Thomas Newman, John Powell, Mark Isham, Graeme Revell, Rolfe Kent, Gustavo Santaolalla, Philip Glass, Dario Marianelli, Mark Mothersbaugh, Christophe Beck, Christopher Young, Rachel Portman, and Marco Beltrami.
 
Recent Lakeshore Records titles include the Apple TV+ flagship launch series The Morning Show composed by Carter Burwell, Randy Newman’s Marriage Story, and Red Dead Redemption 2 featuring music by Daniel Lanois, Willie Nelson, D’Angelo, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, and Rocco DeLuca.
For more information, visit: www.lakeshorerecords.com
 
 
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SRO PR
Kelly Walsh – [email protected]
585-765-5162
 

 

Nordic Folk Band WARDRUNA Debut New Single/Video “Lyfjaberg” (‘Healing-hill’)

 
DT: JUNE 5, 2020
FM: KELLY WALSH
 
 

NORDIC FOLK GROUP
WARDRUNA

REVEAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE

“LYFJABERG”

 

 
(“Lyfjaberg” single artwork; credit – Ane Os)

 

 
After being forced to postpone the release of their upcoming album KVITRAVN to January 22, 2021 due to extenuating circumstances throughout the world, traditional Nordic folk outfit WARDRUNA decided now was not the time to be silent and headed into the studio to write and record a new song, “Lyfjaberg.” The title translates to English as a ‘healing-hill’ or ‘healing-mountain’ and is known from Norse mythology and the Eddic poem Fjölsvinnsmál as a place of comfort and cure for the sick and sore who manage to climb the mountain and bear offerings at its shrines. WARDRUNA filmed a music video for “Lyfjaberg” that was filmed in the mountains of the island Tustna in Norway. Watch the video now, along with translated lyrics in the description, on YouTube HERE or streaming below.

The band shot the video in early May, when suddenly winter decided to return with full strength, and they ended up wading in half a meter of snow for three days and nights. On many levels, the process of making of this video reflected the meaning of the song itself. They all had to climb a few of their inner mountains to get it done.
 
“The song expresses that climbing a tough mountain, both in reality and metaphorically, is a mental as well as a physical effort,” shares founding member and composer Einar Selvik. “I have tried to write this journey up the mountain as one for the mind and spirit as much as the feet and body. Anything of true value, comes at a true cost.”
 
Wardruna - Lyfjaberg (Healing-mountain)
WARDRUNA – “Lyfjaberg” Music Video

 

 
Lyfjaberg” is available now across all digital platforms. Stream/download it now at: https://wardruna.lnk.to/Lyfjaberg. Pre-order the single on limited 12″ white vinyl at https://wardruna.aisamerch.com/item/90844.

 

 
Find more information on WARDRUNA here:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER
 
SRO Press Releases + Assets: www.sropr.com/portfolio/wardruna
 
 
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Nordic Folk Outfit WARDRUNA Announce New Single “Lyfjaberg” Out June 5

 
DT: MAY 26, 2020
FM: KELLY WALSH

 

 

NORDIC FOLK OUTFIT 

WARDRUNA 

ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE

“LYFJABERG”

OUT JUNE 5
 
When circumstances forced Nordic traditional folk outfit WARDRUNA to postpone the release of their upcoming album KVITRAVN via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.), it was clear to the band that they still wanted to release new music. Music and art can potentially carry great meaning in times of uncertainty so WARDRUNA decided that now was not the time to stay silent and headed straight back into creative mode and the studio to write and record the song “Lyfjaberg.”

 

 
The Old Norse word ‘Lyfjaberg’ translates to English as ‘healing-hill’ or ‘healing-mountain’ and is known from Norse mythology and the Eddic poem Fjölsvinnsmál as “a place of comfort and cure for the sick and sore who manage to climb the mountain and bear offerings at the shrines there–a gift demands a gift in return.”
 
WARDRUNA founding member and composer Einar Selvik comments: “The song expresses that climbing a tough mountain, both in reality and metaphorically, is a mental as well as a physical effort. I have tried to write this journey up the mountain as one for the mind and spirit as much as the feet and body. Anything of true value, comes at a true cost.”
 
Lyfjaberg” will be available on all digital platforms on Friday, June 5.
 
 
Find more information on WARDRUNA here:

 

 
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Norwegian Composer/Musician EINAR SELVIK Announces Bergen International Festival Live Stream Performances

DT: MAY 19, 2020
FM: KELLY WALSH
NORWEGIAN COMPOSER AND MUSICIAN
EINAR SELVIK
ANNOUNCES TWO LIVE STREAM PERFORMANCES DURING
BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
AT MEDIEVAL ROYAL FEASTING HALL, HÅKONSHALLEN (BERGEN, NO)
MAY 20 & 21
 
SELVIK CONFIRMED AS ONE OF THREE COMPOSERS FOR
ASSASSIN’S CREED VALHALLA VIDEO GAME MUSIC
 
 
EINAR SELVIK–the Norwegian composer, musician and creative mastermind behind the Nordic folk band WARDRUNA, who use of a wide range of old Nordic instruments and lyrics placed in a contemporary soundscape to musically interpret Old Norse and Nordic traditions–has an exciting week ahead.
 
Einar will perform one of his most iconic songs,Voluspá, with The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian vocal ensemble The Edvard Grieg Kor as part of the opening ceremony on Wednesday, May 20 for the Bergen International festival held at the medieval Royal Feasting Hall, Håkonshallen, in Bergen, NO.

Einar will also appear for a full performance on Thursday, May 21 where he will perform songs over the span of his career-including WARDRUNA‘s new single, “
Grà“–while being joined by numerous guests including Ivar Bjornson, members of Enslaved and Wardruna band member Lindy-Fay Hella. The concert will take listeners on a musical journey outside Wardruna‘s usually massive soundscape, and instead present a more stripped-down and direct expression where song and instruments such as Kravik-lyre, Bowed Lyre and Hardanger-fiddle play key roles. The festival will be live streamed at https://www.fib.no/en/einarselvik. Full details and times can be found below.
 
Einar has gained worldwide recognition for his massive musical contributions to History Channel‘s TV series VIKINGS–which consists of over 60 placements and substantial work on the show’s musical score. Einar recently revealed that he will be composing music for the popular video game series Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, along with the game’s composers Sarah Schachner and Jesper Kyd. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.
 
BERGEN INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL DETAILS:
 

Wednesday, May 20

Opening ceremony: 8.30 P.M. CET
Einar Selvik with The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian vocal ensemble The Edvard Grieg Kor

Thursday, May 21
EINAR SELVIK Full Performance: 9.00 P.M. CET
 
Line-Up:
Einar Selvik – vocals, kraviklyre, taglharpe, sotharpe
Ivar Bjørnson – guitar
Iver Sandøy – drums, percussion, vocals
Silje Solberg – hardingfele, vocals
Håkon Vinje – piano, vocals
Lindy-Fay Hella – vocals
  
Watch the livestream at this link: https://www.fib.no/en/einarselvik
 

KVITRAVN cover artwork
 
WARDRUNA will release of their fifth full length album, KVITRAVN–which translates to ‘White Raven’–on January 22, 2021 via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.). Pre-order options for KVITRAVN are available via digital download at https://wardruna.lnk.to/Kvitravn_Album. The album is also available on CD and 180-gram 2LP gatefold vinyl (black or ltd. Edition white) at https://wardruna.aisamerch.com/.
 
For more information on EINAR SELVIK and WARDRUNA, please visit
 
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WARDRUNA Postpone ‘Kvitravn’ Release Until January 2021; Fall N. American Tour Remains Scheduled

DT: APRIL 7, 2020

FM: KELLY WALSH

WARDRUNA
POSTPONE ‘KVITRAVN’ ALBUM RELEASE TO
JANUARY 22, 2021

NORDIC FOLK OUTFIT TO PROCEED WITH
NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR DATES


 
KVITRAVN cover artwork
Due to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic forcing the closure of warehouses and production facilities, Nordic folk outfit WARDRUNA have made the decision to postpone the release of their fifth full length album, KVITRAVN–which translates to ‘White Raven’–from its originally scheduled release date of June 5, 2020 until January 22, 2021 via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.). It will remain available for pre-order during this time (links below). WARDRUNA will proceed to keep plans for their anticipated return to North America this Fall on a solo run from September 24 to October 20, dates of which are listed below. The band will continue to reveal new music throughout the year.
 
“It is with heavy hearts and great disappointment that we announce that our upcoming album ‘Kvitravn’ will be moved to January 22, 2021,” says founder/composer EINAR SELVIK. “Closed-down production factories and heavily reduced logistic services due to the COVID-19 situation makes it impossible to go forth with the release as planned. Nobody knows how long this situation will last and therefore we feel it is best to set a realistic date with a higher certainty of us being able to execute the release in the manner needed. On a more positive note, we plan to release a good handful of songs in the time to come before the full album comes out, so stay tuned!”
 
Pre-order options for KVITRAVN are available via digital download at https://wardruna.lnk.to/Kvitravn_Album. The album is also available on CD and 180-gram 2LP gatefold vinyl (black or ltd. Edition white) at https://wardruna.aisamerch.com/.
 

Photo Credit: Kim Öhrling
 
Since their formation in the early 2000’s initiated by SelvikWARDRUNA have transcended genres, cultures and language barriers worldwide with their musical ode to ancient Nordic traditions with a #1 Billboard World Music album (2016), massive music contributions to the History Channel’s Vikings” and a 2018 sold-out headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. 
 
Beyond genre, theirs is a sound that must be truly experienced. WARDRUNA‘s first-ever concert was held in front of the 1,500-year-old Gokstad Viking ship in Oslo, NO and they’re the only band to have ever been allowed to hold an amplified concert at the Viking ship museum. Since then they’ve performed sold-out shows worldwide, including major festival headlining appearances (Hellfest, Roadburn, Summer Breez, Castle Fest, Echoes & Merveilles, Rock oz Arenes, Rock The Coast, etc.).
 
Experience WARDRUNA live at one of the below dates:
DATE
CITY, ST
VENUE
24-Sep
Charlotte, NC
Ovens Auditorium
25-Sep
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
26-Sep
Brooklyn, NY
Kings Theatre
28-Sep
Boston, MA
The Orpheum Theater
29-Sep
Montreal, QC
M Telus
30-Sep
Toronto, ON
Meridian Hall
2-Oct
Chicago, IL
Auditorium Theatre
3-Oct
Minneapolis, MN
The State Theatre
6-Oct
Calgary, AB
Jack Singer Concert Hall
8-Oct
Vancouver, BC
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9-Oct
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
10-Oct
Salem, OR
Elsinore Theatre
12-Oct
Salt Lake City, UT
The Complex
14-Oct
Oakland, CA
Paramount Theatre
16-Oct
El Cajon, CA
Magnolia
17-Oct
Los Angeles, CA
Orpheum Theatre
18-Oct
Mesa, AZ
Ikeda Theatre
20-Oct
Dallas, TX
The Majestic Theatre
Find more information on WARDRUNA here:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER
 
 
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Nordic Folk Band WARDRUNA Share ‘Kvitravn’ Track List + Translations

 

 
 
 
DT: MARCH 9, 2020
 
FR: KELLY WALSH
 
 
 
WARDRUNA
FOUNDER/COMPOSER EINAR SELVIK
SHARES TRACK LIST AND TRANSLATIONS
FOR ‘KVITRAVN,’
DISCUSSES ALBUM’S LYRICAL NODS TO OLD NORSE POETRY
 
Traditional Norwegian folk outfit WARDRUNA have transcended genres, cultures and language barriers worldwide with their musical ode to ancient Nordic traditions with a #1 Billboard World Music album (2016), massive music contributions to the History Channel’s Vikings” and a 2018 sold-out headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. The band will continue to integrate the past in a modern way with their upcoming fifth full-length album KVITRAVN due June 5 via BY NORSE MUSIC (U.S.) and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.).

Following the release of the album’s debut single “Gr
á“-translating to ‘grey’ in English-and its transcendent music video which can be seen here, founder/composer EINAR SELVIK (ex-Gorgoroth) has revealed KVITRAVN‘s track listing along with translations for each of the track’s titles.

“For those who want to search deeper into our songs, the upcoming album will contain complete lyrics along with English translations,” reveals EINAR. “When revealing the track list, it also makes sense to show the translations of the titles, so one potentially gets a better idea of the album’s content.”

KVITRAVN‘s track listing with translations is as follows:
1. “Synkverv” (Turn-sight)
2. “Kvitravn” (White Raven)
3. “Skugge” (Shadow)
4. “Grá” (Grey)
5. “Fylgjutal” (Speech of the Fetch)
6. “Munin” (Memory)
7. “Kvit hjort” (White Stag)
8. “Viseveiding” (Song-hunting)
9. “Ni” (Nine)
10. “Vindavlarljod” (Song of the wind-bred)
11. “Andvevarljod” (Song of the Spirit-weavers)

EINAR adds: “The power of words, poetry and abstract thinking as well as the ability to master them in various forms was highly regarded in the oral societies of the past. It is a trait that we feel should not be forgotten. Our lyrics are therefore an important layer to the music.”

“Whether the given song is about traditions, spirituality, philosophy or other esoteric subjects, there should always be a potential of learning something,” he explains. “Knowledge, yet knowledge that is not served as overly explained truths, but rather in abstract images and hints that inspire the listener to seek their own understanding–much like the way Old Norse poetry deals with esoteric matters.”

 
 
KVITRAVN cover artwork
 
KVITRAVN is available for pre-order digitally at https://wardruna.lnk.to/Kvitravn_Album or physically on CD and/or 180-gram 2LP gatefold vinyl (available in black or limited edition white [1,000 copies total worldwide] variant) at https://wardruna.aisamerch.com/.
 
WARDRUNA will bring their live experience to audiences across North America this fall on a solo headlining tour. Tickets are on sale now and dates can be found listed below.

This is standing ovation stuff and in this out of control world of all surface and no depth Wardruna’s stunning, emotive and highly original music has struck a powerful nerve with people seeking more from their culture.”
Louder Than War, (11/22/2018)
 
 
DATE
CITY, ST
VENUE
24-Sep
Charlotte, NC
Ovens Auditorium
25-Sep
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
26-Sep
Brooklyn, NY
Kings Theatre
28-Sep
Boston, MA
The Orpheum Theater
29-Sep
Montreal, QC
M Telus
30-Sep
Toronto, ON
Meridian Hall
2-Oct
Chicago, IL
Auditorium Theatre
3-Oct
Minneapolis, MN
The State Theatre
6-Oct
Calgary, AB
Jack Singer Concert Hall
8-Oct
Vancouver, BC
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9-Oct
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
10-Oct
Salem, OR
Elsinore Theatre
12-Oct
Salt Lake City, UT
The Complex
14-Oct
Oakland, CA
Paramount Theatre
16-Oct
El Cajon, CA
Magnolia
17-Oct
Los Angeles, CA
Orpheum Theatre
18-Oct
Mesa, AZ
Ikeda Theatre
20-Oct
Dallas, TX
The Majestic Theatre
 
 
Photo Credit: Kim Öhrling
 
Find more information on WARDRUNA here:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

 

 
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For press inquiries and interview opportunities, please contact:
 
SRO PR
Kelly Walsh – kwalsh@sropr.com
585-765-5162
 

 

 
 
 

Nordic Folk Band WARDRUNA Announce New Album ‘Kvitravn’ & 2020 N. American Fall Tour

 

DT: FEBRUARY 11, 2020
FR: KELLY WALSH
NORDIC FOLK BAND
WARDRUNA’s
NEW ALBUM ‘KVITRAVN’ OUT JUNE 5
VIA BY NORSE MUSIC (U.S. only)
SONY MUSIC/COLUMBIA RECORDS (World Excl. U.S.)

REVEAL NORTH AMERICAN FALL TOUR DATES
TICKETS ON SALE FRI. 2/14
PRE-ORDER BUNDLES AVAILABLE NOW
 

Photo Credit: Kim Öhrling
Masterful Norwegian storytellers WARDRUNA–last seen in the U.S. in 2018 with a sold-out headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado–will release their new album KVITRAVN(which translates to ‘White Raven’) on June 5 via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.). The first new music from the album will be revealed on February 21. In the meantime, pre-order bundles are now available in the U.S. at https://wardruna.aisamerch.com/and across all digital platforms at https://wardruna.lnk.to/Kvitravn_Album.

WARDRUNA have also announced plans for a solo North American tour launching this fall in Charlotte, NC on September 24 and concluding in Dallas, TX on October 20. Tickets for these shows (listed below) will go on-sale at 10:00 A.M. local time on Friday, February 14.

WARDRUNA have carved a rich, polyphonic and dramatic musical landscape that honors the ancient past without gimmick, while simultaneously illuminating meaningful expressions of Norse tradition through intrinsically detailed contemporary composition. Beyond genre, theirs is a sound that must be truly experienced. Their first-ever concert was held in front of the 1,500-year-oldGokstad Viking ship in Oslo, NO and they’re the only band to have ever been allowed to hold an amplified concert at the Viking ship museum. Since then they’ve performed sold-out shows worldwide, including major festival headlining appearances (Hellfest, Roadburn, Summer Breez, Castle Fest, Echoes & Merveilles, Rock oz Arenes, Rock The Coast, etc.). In 2018, they toured the U.S. with a West Coast run which expanded their audience.

KVITRAVN follows an intensive period in the studio and musically continues where their RUNALJOD trilogy left off in 2016 with RUNALJOD – RAGNAROK–which charted at #1 Billboard’s World Music charts in the U.S. and Canada. Yet KVITRAVN 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 these 11 songs, KVITRAVNdiscusses 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.

“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,” WARDRUNA founder Einar Selvik reveals.

“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.”

 KVITRAVN cover artwork
Since their formation in the early 2000’s initiated by composer Einar Selvik, WARDRUNA have had vast worldwide success, transcending music genres, cultures and languages while being renowned for their innovative and genre-creating renditions of ancient Nordic traditions.

The group’s massive musical contributions to History Channel‘s TV seriesVIKINGS-which consists of over 60 placements and substantial work on the show’s musical score in addition to appearances by EINAR, who starred and performed on two occasions in Season 3 and 4–
has exposed their music to a broad audience worldwide.

WARDRUNA merge academics with pop culture, and their thorough and serious approach has made them one of today’s foremost communicators of Norse culture. Today’s top international scholars on Old Norse studies use EINAR‘s work to exemplify how music might have been executed in earlier times in Scandinavia and he has lectured about his work with historical music in prestigious universities such as Oxford, University ofDenver, Reykjavik University and University of Bergen. Alongside fellow Norwegian metal band Enslaved, WARDRUNA was commissioned by the Norwegian government to write and perform a music-piece for the 200-year anniversary of the Norwegian constitution in 2014.
 
Experience WARDRUNA live at one of the below dates:
DATE
CITY, ST
VENUE
24-Sep
Charlotte, NC
Ovens Auditorium
25-Sep
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
26-Sep
Brooklyn, NY
Kings Theatre
28-Sep
Boston, MA
The Orpheum Theater
29-Sep
Montreal, QC
M Telus
30-Sep
Toronto, ON
Meridian Hall
2-Oct
Chicago, IL
Auditorium Theatre
3-Oct
Minneapolis, MN
The State Theatre
6-Oct
Calgary, AB
Jack Singer Concert Hall
8-Oct
Vancouver, BC
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9-Oct
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
10-Oct
Salem, OR
Elsinore Theatre
12-Oct
Salt Lake City, UT
The Complex
14-Oct
Oakland, CA
Paramount Theatre
16-Oct
El Cajon, CA
Magnolia
17-Oct
Los Angeles, CA
Orpheum Theatre
18-Oct
Mesa, AZ
Ikeda Theatre
20-Oct
Dallas, TX
The Majestic Theatre
 

 

Find more information on WARDRUNA here: 

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

 

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For press inquiries and interview opportunities, please contact:
SRO PR
Kelly Walsh – kwalsh@sropr.com
585-765-5162

 

Nordic Folk Band WARDRUNA Reveal Debut Single & Music Video “GRÁ”

 
 
DT: FEBRUARY 21, 2020
 
FR: KELLY WALSH
 
 
 
 

NORDIC FOLK BAND
WARDRUNA
REVEAL FIRST NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO
“GRÁ”
 
‘KVITRAVN’ OUT JUNE 5
VIA BY NORSE MUSIC (U.S. only)
SONY MUSIC/COLUMBIA RECORDS (World Excl. U.S.)

NORTH AMERICAN FALL SOLO TOUR
9/24 – 10/20
TICKETS ON-SALE NOW
 
 

Photo Credit: Kim Öhrling

 

 
Following the announcement of their fifth full-length album KVITRAVN–due out June 5 via BY NORSE MUSIC in the U.S. and SONY MUSIC / COLUMBIA RECORDS (worldwide excl. U.S.)–Norwegian folk band WARDRUNA have revealed the first new music for the debut single “Grá” (which translates in English as ‘grey’) with a transcendent music video showcasing the meaningful expressions of Norse traditions that their music honors. See the video for “Grá” streaming below or via WARDRUNA‘s YouTube channel here:https://youtu.be/kFU7nRe7C0AGrá” is available now across all digital platforms.
 
“Grá (Grey) is our song to the wolf,” explains composer and founder Einar Selvik. “It speaks about the ancient bond and relationship between man and wolf. It seeks to address and acknowledge the cost and responsibility of being part of, and not above, nature.

“Once again, we were given the opportunity go to Finland and work with a beautiful and brave rescued wolf called Tihu and her caretakers. The video was directed by our friend Tuukka Koski and his fantastic team at Koski Syväri.”

 
 

Wardruna -
Wardruna – “Grá” Official Music Video

 

 
KVITRAVN (which translates to ‘White Raven’) picks up where the RUNALJOD trilogy left off with 2016’s acclaimed #1 Billboard World Music-charting RUNALJOD – RAGNAROK and uses 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 in addition to 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 its 11 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.
 
KVITRAVN is available for pre-order now on CD and/or 180-gram 2LP gatefold vinyl (available in black or limited edition white [1,000 copies total worldwide] variant) with a 28-page booklet, in addition to t-shirt bundle options at https://wardruna.aisamerch.com/. Digital pre-orders can be found at https://wardruna.lnk.to/Kvitravn_Album.
 

KVITRAVN cover artwork
 
WARDRUNA have had vast worldwide success transcending music genres, cultures and languages while being renowned for their innovative and genre-creating renditions of ancient Nordic traditions including their massive musical contributions to History Channel ́s TV series VIKINGS-which consists of over 60 placements and substantial work on the show’s musical score in addition to appearances by EINAR, who starred and performed on two occasions in Season 3 and 4.
 
Beyond genre, theirs is a sound that must be truly experienced. Their first-ever concert was held in front of the 1,500-year-old Gokstad Viking ship in Oslo, NO and since then they’ve performed sold-out shows worldwide-including a headlining date at Red Rocks Amphiteatre in Colorado in 2018 along with major festival headlining appearances (Hellfest, Roadburn, Summer Breez, Castle Fest, Echoes & Merveilles, Rock oz Arenes, Rock The Coast).
 
WARDRUNA will be seen in North America this fall on a solo tour starting in Charlotte, NC on September 24 and concluding in Dallas, TX on October 20.   Tickets are on sale now at www.wardruna.com.
 
Dates are as follows:
 
DATE
CITY, ST
VENUE
24-Sep
Charlotte, NC
Ovens Auditorium
25-Sep
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre
26-Sep
Brooklyn, NY
Kings Theatre
28-Sep
Boston, MA
The Orpheum Theater
29-Sep
Montreal, QC
M Telus
30-Sep
Toronto, ON
Meridian Hall
2-Oct
Chicago, IL
Auditorium Theatre
3-Oct
Minneapolis, MN
The State Theatre
6-Oct
Calgary, AB
Jack Singer Concert Hall
8-Oct
Vancouver, BC
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
9-Oct
Seattle, WA
Moore Theatre
10-Oct
Salem, OR
Elsinore Theatre
12-Oct
Salt Lake City, UT
The Complex
14-Oct
Oakland, CA
Paramount Theatre
16-Oct
El Cajon, CA
Magnolia
17-Oct
Los Angeles, CA
Orpheum Theatre
18-Oct
Mesa, AZ
Ikeda Theatre
20-Oct
Dallas, TX
The Majestic Theatre
 
Find more information on WARDRUNA here:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER

 

 
###
 
For press inquiries and interview opportunities, please contact:
 
SRO PR
Kelly Walsh – kwalsh@sropr.com
585-765-5162
 

 

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