Nordic Voice

Vocal Art with Helle Thun. A new voice & ancient sounds from Scandinavian landscapes.

Music Projects

“BREAKABLE”
new nordic landscapes of
improvised music

My new improvisation group Breakable is a contemporary music project, a duo with organist and composer Flemming Chr. Hansen. Stylistically our music unfolds freely between modern classical music and the field of free jazz.

By deconstructing the vast landscapes of the Nordic sounds, we bring together different times in one transient moment of multilayered improvisation – assembled through a new form and a new expression. This temporal continuum of different musical elements reveals the specificity of the Nordic sound –  the airy and almost ethereal minimalism of it’s nature.

S A G A

In S A G A, two strong and entwining voices chant the songs, tunes and melismatic sounds from Scandinavia. From old to new, the music unfolds with kulning, hymns, dancing tunes, meditations on medieval and viking repertoire, littling and improvisations.

My fellow singer is the talented artist Margrethe Ingemann. Together we offer concerts and singing events where simplicity, raw power and sheer vocal elegance is blended with love and respect for the traditional nordic folk music og vocal styles..

Bridal vals from Sønderho, Fanø.

We perform and sing concerts at medieval and viking events, make  fanfares for special occasions, art fares, weddings, etc. and offer special church concerts where lift up the souls in joyful vocal meditations of Nordic music from our repertoire.

With Love – S A G A

 

The secret in the sound –
Ancient Japanese art in a nordic setting

A performative concert with recorder soloist Kirsten Aage. As both of us being modern musicians with strong interest in ancient cultures, the timeless Japanese Zen approach to art and music is our point of departure for this Performance.

Kirsten Aage brings her unique experience with traditional Shakuhachi repertoire and contemporary Japanese music into the  project. I bring the tradition and knowledge of ancient Scandinavian pastoral music and my professional experience with improvisational art, as performing vocal instrumentalist and as working method as physical actress.

This concert performance is as much an artistic encounter as a rare meeting of two of the worlds oldest musical traditions from each side of the globe with deep roots in Nature itself. And so we wish to unfold a rare glimpse of nature’s ever inspiring point of view.
The secret pearl of wonder. The meaningfulness that art and Nature always silently and persistently is offering the modern world.

We will show extracts from the performance at Kirstens debut concert as solist from The Royal Danish Music Conservatory, in the Glyptoteket, Copenhagen, 24/2 2019.

Thun/VINDING DUO

The Press wrote: “Jazz på svensk. Smukt og stærkt. En nordisk naturpoesi bliver levende i Helle Thuns musikalske samarbejde med bassist Mads Vinding. Hans verdensberømte lyriske tone får fornyet berettigelse i det smukt balancerede samspil med hendes vokale folketoner.

FOREST VOICES
SOUNDS OF THE ANCIENT NORTH

Helle Thun (Sang, tral, kulning)
Poul Høxbro (fløjter, horn, snattarpinnar, langlur)

..Både klangene og melodierne fra den urgamle nordiske hyrdekultur er helt enestående. Mange begræd det, da der blev mere og mere stille i skovene i begyndelsen af det 20 århundrede, hvor sæter- og fæbodskulturen begyndte at dø ud. Heldigvis lykkedes det i sidste øjeblik at samle rigtig mange af de bedste udøvere og tillige at få skrevet utallige af de urgamle melodier ned, så andre herefter kunne spille dem for fornøjelsen skyld. Derfor døde traditionen aldrig ud.

Det hører til sjældenhederne at få lov at opleve historiens vingesus gennem denne musik. Men det kan man med sangerinden Helle Thun og musikeren Poul Høxbro, når de med sang og autentiske instrumenter bringer disse urgamle klange fra skoven til live igen!  Læs mere om FOREST VOICES her.

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