Gjallarhorn rejuvenated traditional music rooted in the Swedish folk music of Finland. Their music was a modern echo of the ancient Nordic folk tradition with mythical medieval ballads, whirling minuets, prayers in runo-metric chanting and ancient Icelandic rÍmur (sung poetry) epics.
This is a dreamy, completely acoustic sound featuring intense fiddle playing, the drone of the didgeridoo, global rhythms, percussion, mandola and sweeping vocals by Jenny Wilhelm. Obviously, the didgeridoo is not a native instrument, but it supplies a low drone as the Swedish bagpipe would in the same role. Using the sound and resonance of their instruments to greatest effect, this is Nordic music with a global view.
Gjallarhorn were: Jenny Wilhelms – lead vocal, violin, hardanger fiddle; Christopher Öhman – viola, mandola, vocals, kalimba; Tommy Mansikka-Aho – didjeridu, slideridoo, jews harp, udu, jembe;
David Lillkvist – percussion, kalimba.
The NorthSide edition of the album Sjofn is an enhanced CD with two videos and additional material from the band’s website.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.