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CONCERT REVIEW

Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil

By Antonia Lezerkoss, Südwest Press 16.03.2011

"In the frames of the "Musik in der Villa" that takes care of a lot of events, the group Yggdrasil enchanted the visitors of this sold out concert with an impressive mix between jazz, folk and experimental music", writes Antonia Lezerkoss in the Südwest Presse. Antonio Lezerkoss furhter writes: "With their all embracing repertoire of rock to jazz to classical music the group made powerfull, intense melodic phrases with spherical sound landscapes, detached from space and time, with disturbing, ethnic sound images, contemplative ballads, deep religious hymns and cheerful children songs".
Read the whole review in German here

 

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CONCERT REVIEW
Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil

By Taggblat.de 16.03.2011
At once it was as if the musicians were in an exposed place in the nature, in the cave of a mighty cliff. In the composition of Davidsen, in the E-guitar and the bass flute that brought forth an attractive elegiac rock sound, the singer seemed as if he was in the stern of a boat and intonating on the open sea.
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CONCERT REVIEW
Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil

By Schwarzwälder-Bote, Hechingen, 14.03.2011
It is always a mix of styles that touches the ear. Often people sat in the concert room and listened with closed eyes to the sound with the mystical breath, that had a meditative character. It wasn't least the rhythm, that almost all the time was in the area of from 60 to 70 beats per minute and therefore in the area of the human heart frequency was - which had a calming influence. Although the sound mix of interesting elements of folk music was influenced of extraordinary ethno-jazz , one would think he was, despite the well-ordered sound movements at the set of time, in an experimental studio for new music.
Read the whole review in German here
 

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RISASTOVA
Kristian Blak/Yggdrasil

[TUTL HJF 111] (2006)
By Michael Stone
Guitarist-singer-composer Kári Sverrisson, a startling vocalist, shares writing duties with Blak, a nimble pianist, on Risastova ("Giant's House," the name of an imposing Faroe Islands rock formation). Rounding out the octet are saxophones, violin, cello, electric guitar, bass, drums, and percussion. The music is as craggy, windswept, overcast, brooding, remote, and unforgiving as the Faroes of its origin. The closing piece, "Vágatunnilin," a moody Blak suite in five parts, was initially performed at 100 meters below sea level, to commemorate the opening of the first underwater tunnel in the Faroes, plumbing the roots of Yggdrasil itself.
   

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LIVE IN RUDOLSTADT
Kristian Blak/Yggdrasil

[TUTL HJF 99] (2004)
By Ken Hunt - The Folk Collector
Live at Rudolstadt is a work of consummate musicianship plus everything a truly great recording should be. Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk has captured the sound they made at the Tanz&FolkFest Rudolstadt 2003 beautifully. The single album is permanent testimony to two exceptional concerts, though from memory this is (mainly) from their Landestheater concert. (...). On Crabbed Age And Youth however, Blak turns Palsdottir into Shakespeare’s mouthpiece. If we dished out six stars, it would earn them for its music. Instead, for an album that deserves to make their international name, it gets only five to punish Tutl for its woeful lack of information. If this is not an album of the year, I’ll do penance with a diet of puffinburgers (in season).

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Review by Anton Kovalsky : Yggdrasil, Kristian Blak, Vera Kondrateva "Lipet El: Seven Brothers" (Link)

 

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Article Musical "Kristiania" by Anton Kovalsky (Link)

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Article Musical "Kristiania, Part 2" by Anton Kovalsky (Link)

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Article "Shine on you crazy tree!" by Anton Kovalsky (Link)

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Article «Playing classics" by Anton Kovalsky (Link)