CONCERTO GROTTO 

 

As a musician and composer, Kristian Blak has featured on a variety of jazz releases.

 

During the last few years, Birgir Enni, skipper of the vessel "Norðlýsid," and Kristian Blak have arranged trips with musicians and audiences to caves, into which - weather permitting - one can enter in smaller boats, utilizing the natural sounds and unique acoustics of the caves as integral parts of the music.

 

These concerts have taken place in collaboration with the festival Summartónar, which brings visiting musicians in additional to local performes into these unique Faroese concert halls.

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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Klæmin
Klæmin

"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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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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Kræklingar
Kræklingar

"Kræklingar" by Ábit, released in 1979.

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