30. Nordic sound in Greifswald: The more flexible festival schedule relies on hybrid events in May and a two-part open-air festival in summer

Due to the current Corona situation in Europe, the Nordic sound will also be extended to the summer months this year. In the actual festival period from May 7th to 22nd, a virtual festival program will be offered with digital readings, colloquia and concerts, in which the live character should nevertheless predominate.

The internationally renowned cultural festival is still pursuing its goal of enabling the public to have cultural experiences on site with the around 50 invited artists. Therefore, a large number of the planned concerts will take place as part of open-air events on two weekends in July (23-25 ​​July 21) and August (20-22 August 21). The traditional ceremonial opening is to be rescheduled as a festive event on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the festival on August 21 in the Theater Vorpommern in Greifswald.

Connection is key

“The Nordic sound thrives on its internationality and on-site encounters; hence the decision to rebuild our festival plan ”, says festival director Prof. Dr. Marko Pantermöller. “We are now coming in three sweeping waves with which we can responsibly take into account different external circumstances on site and in the Nordic countries.”

And yet there are still festivals / © Nordischer Klang eV

A reading of the student anthology Neue Nordische Novellen as well as readings with the historian Bernd Wegner (DE), the non-fiction author Maja Nielsen (DE) and the Finnish writer Miika Nousiainen are planned as program items for the digital May issue. A literary studies colloquium on the aesthetics of Nordic Protestantism is also to be carried out digitally.

For the first time, the Russian city of Wiborg, with which Greifswald has had a friendly relationship since 2018, is part of the festival program. The historian Robert Schweitzer (DE) will give a culturally framed digital lecture on the German and Finnish history of the city. A radio concert with the Berlin-based Finnish pianist Terhi Dostal, who will play a program with world premieres in honor of the composer and piano virtuoso Ilmari Hannikainen, is planned as part of the musical program of the virtual festival.

Traditional Icelandic folk songs, on the other hand, form the basis for arrangements and improvisations of the Rímur (DE / IS) project, consisting of the two half-Icelandic people Stefan Karl Schmid (clarinet and saxophone) and Lars Duppler (piano), which is also planned as a digital act. A virtual Swedish song concert is to be realized with the two musicians from Greifswald * Johann Putensen (piano) and Jacoba Arekhi (soprano). With the Swedish-Georgian feature film “As we danced” (2019), this will also be realized in cooperation with the Casablanca film club cinematic festival experience transported into the living room at home.

Live im August

On the other hand, the festive event on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the festival in August of this year is to take place on site and with the audience. The Finnish accordion virtuoso Antti Paalanen, originally planned as the opening act, will provide musical accompaniment to the event. “With Antti Paalanen and Suistamon Sähkö, the most bizarre and daring acts of Finnish Folktronica are coming to this year’s festival. Both bring the accordion into a furious scene with electro beats. Paalan screams, stamps and fights with his instrument. The band Suistamon Sähkö mixes hip hop with dance and rap into Karelian folklore in their crazy show ”, says Artistic Director Dr. Frithjof Strauss.

Thanks to funding from the federally funded Neustart Kultur program, this year Nordisches Klang has not only funds for the implementation of digital formats, but also additional financial resources for the implementation of open-air events, which means that the festival is open to both the audience and the artists wants to offer a perspective. “We are in close coordination with the artists and hope to be able to realize as many concerts as possible in the summer,” says Dr. Frithjof Strauss. In addition to the acts announced in February, the Danish bassist Ida Hvid, an artist for Nordic sound, is expected in the summer, who was already an integral part of the digital festival last year. This year she plays in the trio Blonde Bass (DK) alongside HelleMarstrand and KristinKorb.

Together, the three singing bassists bring a mix of swing, virtuoso jazz and acapella ballads to the stage. Other thrilling discoveries from Northern Europe are the young gypsy jazz band Titoks (EE) and the Trio Wolski (SE), which won the European Folk Music Award 2019 in the Plauen concert series “FolkHerbst”. Chamber music is represented this summer by the Duo Vardøg (NO), which would like to contribute to the 400th anniversary year of Greifswald poet Sibylla Schwarz with baroque songs about the madness of love.

The University Symphony Orchestra of the University of Greifswald, under the direction of Harald Braun, is also planning to have the 2nd symphony by the famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius sounded in the Hanseatic city in the summer. In addition, the already announced exhibitions and the show “YOU are coming!” On female comic characters in Swedish graphic literature are to be opened to a wide audience in the summer.

The patronage of the festival will be a member of the Finnish government together with Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig. As a long-term media partner, Norddeutsche Rundfunk will once again accompany and support Nordic sound with media this year.

Photo / source: Nordischer Klang eV

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