The first time we sponsored a concert with Kari Tauring, we tried to explain to people just what it was like, and we came up short. This time, we have a CD so you can get a sampling. Admittedly, it’s not quite the same as the live performance. But if you attended the concert, it will take you back, and if you didn’t, you’ll get a fine introduction to her performance. Kari doesn’t just sing songs. She introduces them with a combination of storytelling and crash course in Norse myth. Kari brings these ancient tales alive through her performance and the use of the Stav.
This album was recorded live at the Capri Theater, Sept 17, 2009 at the concert sponsored by ourselves, Eye of Horus Metaphysical and NAC (Northside Arts Collective). Part of the Great Streets concert series. Kari and Huldre (Drew Miller accompanies Kari on dulcimer, bass, and stav adding a touch of huldu to her shows). Opened the show and completely enchanted the room.
The show opened with the otherworldly sound of lokking, calling vocals of Scandinavian women and Huldra (cow-tailed fairy women) which would waft over the fjords with track 1. Lokkr / Klokkene Små [listen to mp3 sample]
Kari explains, “I am the Völva kona, the Stav carrying woman!” Using elements such as a Danish flint knife from 20,000 BC, a replica Scandinavian Bronze Age string skirt from 2000 BC, and rune letters from 20 BC to the Middle Ages, Tauring sings and tells the stories of our deep Scandinavian tap root. Medieval rune songs, passages from the sagas, Stav rhythm and dance weave through masterful storytelling that merges entertainment and education.
The music in this live performance takes the listener on a Scandinavian journey, beginning in the Bronze Age (circa 1300 BCE with stav (staff rhythm) and string skirts, then to the Viking Era (circa 750 ACE) with rune galdor (sung spells using the rune alphabet) and Old Norse Lyrics. We land in the Immigrant Era, having left our beloved homeland to come to America.
More than 800,000 Norwegians (nearly one-third of Norway’s population) emigrated between 1825 and 1925. Most settled in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including Ms. Tauring’s maternal family. Throughout her performance she draws on this heritage, the wisdom of her ancestors, and the history and mystery of ancient Scandinavian lore.
More samples from the concert are available on the page for the CD: Kari Tauring and Huldre Live at the Capri