An amazing and unique performance was given yesterday by the Norwegian Sami musician and composer VASSVIK at Spīķeri Concert Hall ir Riga within the Project "Joik & daina" implemented by the Culture Management Centre "Lauska".
«Vassvik stands for great energy: intense, hypnotic, fresh and creative!
I could feel this from the very first note during Vassvik's concert in Germany's biggest folk, roots and world music festival, TFF Rudolstadt, in 2015.
Soundscape artist Torgeir Vassvik dives deep into the archaic trancelike joik of the northern Sámi and the vocal traditions of other indigenous people, but at the same time takes a unique and contemporary approach by combining them with rocking guitar and frame drum and artful modern strings in his group V a s s v i k.
Torgeir Vassvik is a sound magician, who goes beyond everything our ears have ever come across.
His own compositions put a spell on about 10.000 people during Vassvik's concert at TFF Rudolstadt, in 2015. In this extraordinary performance we could not only feel the strongly driving power of Vassvik's music, but also many diverse exciting sound nuances and facets full of beauty.
Vassvik touched me and thousands of other listeners deep inside. And, as if the musicians had a contract with nature, the soundscapes combined organically with an impressive summer night thunder storm during this concert, just to emphasize: Vassvik is highly inspiring, unique and most exciting! A new name for the big stages of the world.»