Norwegian band #3: John Olav Nilsen.

A young vocalist, poet, musician, and songwriter from Bergen, the most beautiful city in Norway. His music is marked by, quite common for people from the west region here, the burr (skarre-r in Norwegian). If you want to know what exactly is this burr, you need to check out his music.

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Rudolf Nilsen – a proletarian poet.

A poet of workers and life on the edge of Oslo. Despite his really precocious death, at the age of 28, he left us with three volume of poems. På stengrunn (On stony ground 1925), På gjensyn (On reunion 1926), and posthumously Hverdagen (Everyday). 

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Tarjei Vesaas – the genius of modernism.

The author of The Birds (Fuglane) and The Ice Palace (Is-slottet) is mostly known for his novels. However, not only he wrote novels, but also multitude of poems, such us Regn i Hiroshima, and Det ror og ror, whereas I translated myself the first one.

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Christian Krohg – the naturalistic painter.

Albertine i politilægens venteværelse

When you want to imagine how Norway looked under the poverty in the second part of 19th century, you must check on this amazing Norwegian artist, and one of the leaders of Oslo artistic Bohemia, Christian Krohg. He’s most famous for fellow Norwegians, which is a pity, and that’s why I want to bring closer his persona.

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Tor Ulven – the tragic poet.

Born in Oslo after the Second World War, inspired by André Breton, famous french writer and the leader of surrealistic movement. He created a whole world himself, just before he decided to end his life. Because life is sometimes too much to handle. But before he did this gruesome decision, he was the most influential modernist poet in ’80s and ’90s.  His works are short, meaningful and for someone who’s not used to poetry – can be quite weird. His poetry isn’t called the background noise of the universe (David Winters at Full Stop) for no reason. Here are some of his poems that I’ve picked (and those who had english translation).  Continue reading “Tor Ulven – the tragic poet.”

Norwegian band #2: Wadruna.

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There’s this Norwegian band that not only provides us with good music generally and technically, but also takes listener to the old, Norse culture, that has its roots in the whole vikings aspect. Wadruna uses, as well, old, traditional instruments, which only few people still actually play on – among others: kraviklyra, tagelharpe, goat horn, hardanger fiddle or lur.

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Norwegian band #1: Hekla Stålstrenga.

When one’s interested in Norway or just simply living in this country, one may wonder: where’re any Norwegian bands? When you play the NRK radio, you can hear some Norwegian music, but they’re usually the popular songs or the international productions, that are popular at the moment. If you want clear Norwegian vocals with nice instrumental work, or you simply want a band to perfect your language understanding, you need to dig deeper.

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