North Atlantic Soundscapes  - Celtic Harp & Nordic Fiddle


Angelika Nielsen   fiddle, viola
Thomas Loefke     Celtic harp

                                                                        photo:Helmut Wilhelm

The Norðan CD is available now on Tutl and Laika records.

Islands in the North Atlantic inspire the music of the duo Norðan, Tory Island in the Northwest of Ireland, the Hebridean Island of Staffa, the Shetlands, Lofoten in the East, Iceland in the North and right in the middle: the Faroe Islands.

Originally these 18 islands were settled by Irish monks, then the Vikings took over. Dramatic coastal landscapes with cliffs, many hundreds of meters high, lush valleys, fjords and lakes set the mood on the islands. Light, colours and weather change by the minute on these mountains in the sea habitated by 50 0000 people, 80 000 sheep and millions of birds.

Faroese violinist Angelika Nielsen and harpist Thomas Loefke combine in their soundscapes their own compositions with music from the Faroes and Ireland.

The music is accompanied by a slide show with photographs Thomas took during his island travels.

With violin, harp and pictures the two musicians take their audiences on a breathtaking adventurous journey to the North Atlantic.

2013 Angelika and Thomas performed the probably first ever harp and violin seacave concert as part of the concerto grotto concert series in Klæmintsgjógv on the Faroese island of Hestur. Since then this has become an annual event in their tour schedule.


Brimgjáir   Døgg og Sproti  Djupini

Som Den Gyldne Sol   Loch Ossian 

Alvastakkur    Tjørnarøkur 

Steinurin í Íðu/Skorarheyggjurin  
At the River of Thor/Brimgjáir


Galleries:   Norðan    Concerto Grotto    Faroe Islands                       
Downloads:  poster  photo1   photo2   photo3   photo4   photo5 
   Angelika about the CD Norðan on KVF  (in Faroese)

Angelika Nielsen is the Faroe Island's number one traditional fiddle player. With deep roots in the musical tradition of her home country she also feels at home in jazz and classical music. After growing up in a musical family, she studied music in Reykjavik and Copenhagen. With her band "Kvonn" ("Angelika" in the faroese language), the Faroese Symphony Orchestra, with the Jazz formation Yggdrasil, with Aldubaran, with Norland Wind or as a solo artist she has toured all the Scandinavian countries, the USA, Australia, Japan, Greenland, Germany and Hungary. Her latest CD: Svabonio.

Thomas Loefke learnt his trade in Dublin from Ireland's leading harp players - Máire Ní Cháthasaigh, Helen Davies and Áine Ní Dhúill. Since 1984 he has been playing professionally and has won several international prizes, including first prize at the O'Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue. When not on tour with Norðan or Norland Wind  he also tours with Riverdance fiddle player Máire Breatnach, with  US-Cello / guitar-duo Acoustic Eidolon, pianist Lutz Gerlach, and as soloist.
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