Torgeir Vassvik is an artist from Sápmi’s northernmost tip, Gamvik in Norway, whose shamanistic vocal and percussion rituals draw their strength and profundity from the extreme polar climate and landscape. The soundscapes he creates perfectly capture the rugged and extraordinary beauty of this landscape, combining traditional Sami joik and resonant throat singing, he updates mystic musical techniques for the 21st century. A fortunate combination of elements from east and west.
Vassvik has brought the sounds of northern Norway to audiences across the world, performing in France, Poland, Estonia, Japan, Hungary, England, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Lituania, Russia, Siberia, Belgium and Iceland. So comrades the joik story continues. “Torgeir Vassvik is a magnetic and individual live performer, among the most fascinating and intense of sami contemporary joikers. A true orginal”. – Andrew Cronshaw (fRoots)
“Vassvik stands for great energy: intense, hypnotic, fresh and creative! I could feel this from the very first note during his concert in Germany’s biggest folk, roots and world music festival, TFF Rudolstadt, in 2015. Soundscape artist Torgeir Vassvik dives deep to 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 minimalistic modern strings in his group Vassvik. This music 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… – Babette Michel (WDR 2)
Torgeir Vassvik – voice, guitar, frame drum
Kristin Strand Alsos – cello
Jo-Einar Janson – fiddle