DISCOGRAPHY

 

The discography of Kristian Blak is an extensive one. Check out the subsections of this category for more details.

 

In addition to being an accomplished artist and composer in his own right, Kristian Blak conducts and composes for the two bands Yggdrasil and Kvonn as well as others.

 

You can find a list of all of his compositions here: Composers.fo.

Fuglar, Fiskar Og Fólk
Fuglar, Fiskar Og Fólk

"Fuglar, Fiskar Og Fólk" by Kristian Blak, released in 2016.

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Lipet El: Seven Brothers
Lipet El: Seven Brothers

"Lipet El Seven Brothers" by Vera Kondrateva, Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil, released in 2016.

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Einglarót
Einglarót

"Einglarót" by Kvonn, released in 2015.

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Dímun
Dímun

"Dímun" by Yggdrasil, released in 2014.

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Grót & Vatn
Grót & Vatn

"Grót & Vatn" by Yggdrasil, released in 2012.

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Ljós og Myrkur
Ljós og Myrkur

"Ljós og Myrkur" by Kristian Blak, released in 2012.

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Travelling
Travelling

"Travelling" by Yggdrasil, released in 2011.

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Duologues
Duologues

"Duologues" by Yggdrasil, released in 2009. This transatlantic joint venture by Faroese composer Kristian Blak and Danish artist Anders Hjuler creates a new concept. Duologues can consist of talk or just two being together. Here, two brilliant destinies meet in an interesting, touching, important or famous situation. We have created 9 compositions in music and oil pastels illustrating meetings over 2500 years from Confucius and Laotse 500 BC to Mandela and Dalai Lama today.

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Seta
Seta

"Seta" by Richard Nunns and Yggdrasil, released in 2009. Seta is Faroese for "meeting/gathering" – a combination of music set in natural and studio settings, bringing together musical instruments and ideas from Nordic and Mäori traditions. Recorded in the Faroe Islands in the cave Klæmintsgjógv on the island of Hestur and a studio overlooking Hest fjord.

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The Bow Project
The Bow Project

"The Bow Project" by Nightingale String Quartet & Nofinishi Dyvili, released in 2009. Hailed as one of the most important musical heritage projects created in South Africa, The Bow Project was launched in 2002 by composer Michael Blake as a project of NewMusicSA’s annual New Music Indaba at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.

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Tinna Og Tám
Tinna Og Tám

"Tinna Og Tám" by Kristian Blak, Steinbjørn B. Jacobsen and Heðin Ziska Davidsen, released in 2008.

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Hvonn
Hvonn

"Hvonn" by Kvonn, released in 2007. KVONN’s repertoire includes music composed by the band members, as well as traditional tunes and tunes from the 18th century notebook of Faroese musician and scholar Jens Chr. Svabo.

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Askur
Askur

"Askur" by Yggdrasil, released in 2007. In Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is the World Tree.

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Risastova
Risastova

"Risastova" by Kristian Blak/Yggdrasil, released 2006. Compositions and arrangements by Kristian Blak and Kári Sverrisson for the ensemble Yggdrasil.

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Úr Hólminum
Úr Hólminum

"Úr Hólminum" by Kristian Blak, released in 2004. Úr Hólminum ("from the Holm") is one of several of Blak’s compositions in which the musical material is derived from contours of landscapes; in this case the graphic line as seen towards the west from the village of Mykines. From the southwest, the horizon meets the stacks at the end of Mykineshólmur; and from there, the line of the landscape raises steadily towards the vertical fall on the north side of the island.

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Live in Rudolstadt
Live in Rudolstadt

"Live in Rudolstadt" by Kristian Blak/Yggdrasil, released in 2004. During 2003 Kristian Blak presented his group YGGDRASIL at numerous concerts around the world. Yggdrasil’s music is mainly compositions by Kristian Blak and interpretations of ethnic material from the North Atlantic region: Faroese ballads, hymns, rhymes, Inuit songs, Shetland music, and ethno-jazz-world music.

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Malargrót
Malargrót

"Malargrót" by Spælimenninir, released in 2003.

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Contours
Contours

"Contours" by Kristian Blak, released in 2003.

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Fuglamál
Fuglamál

"Fuglamál by Kristian Blak, released in 2003.

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Sóljudansir
Sóljudansir

"Sóljudansir" by various artists, released in 2003. Features children's music by Alexandur Kristiansen.

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Piniartut
Piniartut

"Piniartut" by Tellu Virkkala, Ville Kangas, Rasmus Lyberth and Kristian Blak, released in 2003. Piniartut means "the hunters" and this ensemble seeks and finds new music in the ancient roots. Moving from rich, quiet and sublime ambiance to almost vicious strands of noise, the Piniartut find what they were looking for: originality.

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Echoes of the Past
Echoes of the Past

"Echoes of the Past» by Edvard Nyholm Debess, Kristian Blak, Sámal Petersen, Jón Festirstein, Páll Danielsen, Sunleif Rasmussen and Kári Bæk, Alan Ridout, released in 2003.

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Træið
Træið

"Træið" by Kristian Blak, Pauli í Sandagerði, Kristian Blak, Sunleif Rasmussen, released in 1989/2003.

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Dedicated
Dedicated

"Dedicated" by Aldubáran, released in 2003. All the music has been written for the musicians in the ensemble Aldubáran by composers still living who each represent a particular style within new music. Music written today is normally termed modern or post-modern. Modern meaning a mirror picture of the environment and times. Music described as post-modern is said to sound of the past and present intertwined. We hear old melodies and harmonies in a new style or old forms with new material.

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Yggdrasil
Yggdrasil

"Yggdrasil" by Yggdrasil, released in 2002. Compositions and arrangements by Kristian Blak for the Nordic ensemble Yggdrasil and Faroese singer Eivør Pálsdóttir. Yggdrasil is the World Tree in Norse mythology.

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Faroeesti
Faroeesti

"Faroeesti" by Faroeesti, released in 2002. Faroeesti was formed for concerts in Estonia in 1992, initiated by the Nordic House in the Faroe Islands as a collaboration project with the Baltic region. This recording reflects the Faroese and Estonian musicians' work over the years.

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Light When Dark
Light When Dark

"Light When Dark" by Karsten Vogel, released in 2001. Featured concerts in caves of the islands Nólsoy and Hestur in May of 2000.

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Anybody Home?
Anybody Home?

"Anybody Home?" by John Tchicai, released in 2001. John Tchicai composed "Hulemusik" – translated: "Cave Music" – for a concert in the cave of Klæmintsgjógv. In addition to this suite, additional works were created for this concert on June 26th, 2000, recorded here.

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Burturav
Burturav

"Burturav" by Spælimenninir, released in 2001. Features folk dance music from the Scandinavia, orkney, Shetland and USA.

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Á Ferð
Á Ferð

"Á Ferð" by Spælimenninir í Hoydølum, released in 2001. Features live recordings from USA, Scotland, Orkney and the Faroes.

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Boreas
Boreas

"Boreas" by Boreas, released in 2000.

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Wind Music from Faroe Islands
Wind Music from Faroe Islands

"Wind Music from Faroe Islands" by Cantus Borealis, released in 2000.

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Four Concertos for Harp and Orchestr
Four Concertos for Harp and Orchestr

"Four Concertos for Harp and Orchestra" by Sofia Ansuncion Claro, released in 1999.

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24 Préludes
24 Préludes

"24 Préludes" by Kristian Blak, released in 1999.

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Klæmint
Klæmint

"Klæmint" by Kristian Blak, released in 1998. A suite composed to be played in a grotto - Klæmintsgjógv - on the coast of Hestur, Faroe Islands. The music is recorded on location May-August 1998. In 1984, the first grotto concert with music by Kristian Blak, "Concerto Grotto," was performed in another cave - Líðargjógv, Sandoy - by the group Ygdrasil and recorded on the same occasion.

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Shalder Geo
Shalder Geo

"Shalder Geo" by Kristian Blak, released in 1997. A suite, based on traditional vocal and instrumental material from the Faroe Islands and the neighbouring Shetland Islands. Shalder Geo is brilliant music that combines great depth with undeniable surface charm. It's inspiring how Blak's most recent music is among his richest.

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Øll Hava Veingir
Øll Hava Veingir

"Øll Hava Veingir" by Kári Svensson and children, released in 1997. Features nursery rhymes, chain dancing and new Faroese songs, made by children and adults, including music by Kári Sverrisson. In the latter part of the CD, there is also a story in Faroese. The music is provided by many different musicians, such as the folk band Spælimenninir.

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Nósi
Nósi

"Nósi" by Kristian Blak, released in 1996. Features the musical story of Nósi, the young seal, who leaves her mother to do some exploring on her own.

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Fljóð og Fjøra
Fljóð og Fjøra

"Fljóð og Fjøra" by Spælimenninir, released in 1996. "The band has - in a smart and varied set of strong, hummable new-made and traditional dance tunes, plus several instrumental developments of Faroese skjaldur, one of a kingo hymn, and two songs, one Faroese and one from Jutland - its own sound, an airy, zesty lift that twitches the feet for dancing, somewhere between Shetland, Norden, Scotland and Cape Breton in feel." (Andy Cronshaw, Folk Roots, UK)

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Undirlýsi
Undirlýsi

"Undirlýsi" by Kristian Blak, The Finnish-Estonian Baroque Orchestra, Moyzes Quartet, Pekka Helasvuo and Bjørn Malmquist, released in 1995.

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Landið
Landið

"Landið" by Slovak Radio Orchestra, released in 1995. "This disc illustrates the remarkable progress of Faroese music in the last decade, enabling their composers to stand alongside their Scandinavian collegues at such events as the Nordic Music Days and other festivals." (John Warnaby, Nordic Sounds)

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Rekaviður
Rekaviður

"Rekaviður" by Spælimenninir, released in 1991. "There are many different shades on this, their sixth and best album. For unadulterated good feeling, it would be hard to beat. And for pure beauty, an instrumental medley of ancient hymns from the Faroe Islands featuring outstanding piano from Kristian Blak." (Andy Nagy, Boston Globe, USA)

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Firra
Firra

"Firra" by Kristian Blak, released in 1990.

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Addeq
Addeq

"Addeq" by Kristian Blak, released in 1989. "The music is developed as a suite in 8 parts. Musical phenomena which one otherwise would not have come in contact with in our world of mass media are presented here. And it is done with a loyalty to the East Greenlandic motives in a serious, noncommercial endeavour..." (Erik Wiedeman, Information, Denmark)

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Ávaringar
Ávaringar

"Ávaringar" by Ernst Dalsgarð, released in 1989. All the works on this CD have been composed for flautist Ernst Dalsgarð or for ensembles of which he is a member.

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Images
Images

"Images" by Moyzes Quartet, released in 1989. "In Blak's composition I again experienced the reasons for this admiration: the paradox between warmth and coldness, vibrating oscillation and uncompromising firmness, expansiveness and minute detail - all this was heard in "Images"; the musicians of Moyzes Quartet were able to reveal and bring forth all this from this remarkable score. (Igor Javorsky, concert review, Slovakia)

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Brøytingar
Brøytingar

"Brøytingar" by Yggdrasil, released in 1988. "Brøytingar" is about change, about the inevitability of destruction in the name of progress. It is the reason that the melodies Blak has written are tinged with a sense of wistful melancholy.

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Antifonale
Antifonale

"Antifonale" by Kristian Blak, released in 1988. "Based on musical forms of the Italian renaissance, primarily Venetian, in which antiphony was often used, Blak's music always has a bright and airy quality. This can be attributed to his affinity to nature and nature themes. That sound carries over to this project. And it's that breezy quality that ultimately makes Blak's music so likable." (Robert Iannapollo, Cadence, USA)

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Harra Pætur og Elinborg
Harra Pætur og Elinborg

"Harra Pætur og Elinborg" by Kristian Blak and Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkestur, released in 1987. "Full of fantasy, life and vigour. It fullfills the scenic demands of the libretto as well as the demands of symphonic forms that arise from the musical material and the processes of composing. The artistic content is well balanced: the stylistic contrasts are worked together in a meaningfull way as convincing expressions of organic growth." (Svend Aaquist, conductor, Denmark)

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Syng Bara Við
Syng Bara Við

"Syng Bara Við" by Kristian Blak, released in 1985. Originally released on LP.

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Concerto Grotto og Drangar
Concerto Grotto og Drangar

"Concerto Grotto" and "Drangar" by Yggdrasil, released in 1984/95. Two suites composed by Kristian Blak. "Concerto Grotto" from 1984 was previously released as an LP and recorded live in a cave of Sandoy. "Drangar" was written in 1993 and first performed at the Faroe Islands Art Gallery during the 1993 Tórshavn Jazz Festival. It was recorded in 1995.

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The Four Towers & Heygar og Dreygar
The Four Towers & Heygar og Dreygar

"The Four Towers & Heygar og Dreygar" by Yggdrasil, released in 1983/85. Two suites by Kristian Blak. "The Four Towers" is music composed by Kristian Blak for the Icelandic National Ballet. The music and the ballet was inspired by the poem "Barnetegning" ("child's drawing") by William Heinesen. "Heygar og Dreygar" contains seven tracks, composed by Kristian Blak. Each tune is an aural painting that conjures up unreal, fabulous creatures, dwarfs and witches living on these magical islands.

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Kingoløg
Kingoløg

"Kingoløg" by Kristian Blak, released in 1984. A suite based on traditional Kingo hymns from the Faroe Islands. Most of the melodies are very old, some with roots in medieval music. Traditionally, Kingo hymns are sung without instrumental accompaniment.

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Ravnating
Ravnating

"Ravnating" by Yggdrasil, released in 1982. This is a multimedia work, a fusion of music composed by Kristian Blak and photographs by Philippe Carré. A selection of reproductions from the original dias series presented live in concert is included with this CD. This is a special re-release, digitally remastered for Tutl's 25th anniversary.

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Ravnating
Ravnating

"Ravnating" by Kristian Blak, released in 1982. This music was composed and improvised in concert to accompany Philippe Carré's black and white photographs of ravens and their habitat. "Ravnating" was composed in 1982 and first recorded with the group Yggdrasil.

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Den Yderste Ø
Den Yderste Ø

"Den Yderste Ø" by Yggdrasil, released in 1981. This is a recording of poems by William Heinesen. Music composed and arranged by Kristian Blak. Recitation by Pouel Kern. This was a special re-release, digitally remastered for Tutl's 25th anniversary.

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