(Sapmi, Norway)

Progressive Sami Joik & Modern Strings


With his band V A S S V I K the circumpolar soundpoet Torgeir Vassvik provides you with a fresh

kick from the shores of the Arctic Ocean. Whether you listen to him in Norway, Canada, Japan or

Malaysia, you get mesmerized by his new vision of animistic Joik, the vocal art of the Sami

indigenous people of Northern Europe.

With magical energy the Nordic vocalist, musician and composer Torgeir Vassvik takes a unique

approach to the archaic, trancelike Joik of his people, the Coastal Sami. The Oslo based soundscape

artist stems from Gamvik in the Northernmost tip of the European mainland. His voice, like a

mirror of the landscape, is a rare, raw jewel with facets full of beauty. Joik has inspired the Sami

musician since childhood. But he also grew up with the mandolin music of his father and played in

several Indie Rock groups. Undertaking cool sound experiments he updates animistic vocal

tradition and percussion rituals for the 21st century.

As a great live performer and one of the most innovative Sami musicians these days Torgeir Vassvik

allies with congenial colleagues like the Kjorstad Brothers, young Norwegian violinists from

Gudbrandsdalen. Together they open their hearts for different genres – Jazz, Folk, Classical and

New Music included - and spread a fresh Arctic sound experience at festivals and venues around the



V A S S V I K - a new dimension of Arctic Avantgarde Sami Joik!


Torgeir Vassvik – voice, guitar, framedrum

Hans P. Kjorstad – violin

Rasmus Kjorstad – violin

Audun Strype – sounddesign

V A S S V I K Communication

Babette Michel Vassvik and Torgeir Vassvik

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