Norwegian Snow / Arne Hiorth

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Arne Hiorth has recorded with top acts in Norway, like Mari Boine, Bjørn Eidsvåg, Anja Garbarek , Oslo Groove Company
( Spellemann Award for Jazz). Released his first solo album in 2004 , 7 Oliphaunt Images , including top musicians like Eivind Aarset, Kjetil Bjerkestrand and Hallgrim Bratberg . He has a long history with music projects in South Africa, the ... read more

  • Sun
    Nov 19
    5:00pm

    Frikirkjan

    Iceland, Reykjavik, Reykjavik
    Eldmessa - The Mass of Fire
    a concert describing the emotional hazards of life …
    Performance and music by :
    A grand mixed choir
    Gunnar Gunnarsson - Church Organ
    Daniele Principato - guitar , samples and electronics
    Claudio Vignali - Grand Piano
    Arne Hiorth - trumpets and electronics
    Maren Eikli Hiorth – narrator and vocal solo
    Eldmessa – based on a true story :
    Just over 200 years ago an Icelandic volcano erupted with catastrophic consequences for weather , agriculture and
    transport across the northern hemisphere – and helped trigger the French revolution.
    The Laki volcanic fissure in southern Iceland erupted over an eight-month period from 8 June 1783 to February 1784,
    spewing lava and poisonous gases that devastated the island's agriculture, killing much of the livestock. It is
    estimated that perhapsa quarter of Iceland's population died through the ensuing famine.
    Then, as now, there were more wide-ranging impacts. In Norway, the Netherlands, the British Isles, France,
    Germany, Italy, Spain, in North America and even Egypt, the Laki eruption had its consequences, as the haze of dust
    and sulphur particles thrown up by the volcano was carried over much of the northern hemisphere.
    Across the Atlantic, Benjamin Franklin wrote of "a constant fog over all Europe, and a great part of North America".
    The disruption to weather patterns meant the ensuing winter was unusually harsh, with consequent spring flooding
    claiming more lives. In America the Mississippi reportedly froze at New Orleans.
    The eruption is now thought to have disrupted the Asian monsoon cycle, prompting famine in Egypt. Environmental
    historians have also pointed to the disruption caused to the economies of northern Europe, where food poverty was a
    major factor in the build-up to the French revolution of 1789.
    The British naturalist Gilbert White described that summer in his classic Natural History of Selborne:
    "The sun, at noon, looked as blank as a clouded moon, and shed a rust-coloured ferruginous light on the ground, and
    floors of rooms; but was particularly lurid and blood-coloured at rising and setting. At the same time the heat was so
    intense that butchers' meat could hardly be eaten on the day after it was killed; and the flies swarmed so in the lanes
    and hedges that they rendered the horses half frantic … the country people began to look with a superstitious awe, at
    the red, louring aspect of the sun." -
    Reverend Jón Steingrímsson became a legendary figure among Icelanders for his actions during and after the
    eruption. He was believed to have performed a miracle one fateful Sunday in July 1783. On that day a branch from
    the lava flow threatened to destroy his church. Reverend Jón decided to conduct a service in it anyway, it was
    assumed to be the last service ever performed in that church. During his preaching, passionate prayers and calls to
    God, the lava branch stopped and the church was saved. Since then this mass has been known as “Eldmessa “
    -The Mass of Fire, and reverend Jón Steingrímsson as the Pastor of the Fire.
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