Time: Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022 – 1:30 PM MST
Emil Kárlsen, from Omasvuotna in the far north of Norway, writes music and sings in the indigenous northern Sámi language, but with a sound you may not have heard from the Sámi homeland before: a modern indie sound colored by both classical strings and whirling sonic universes, with touches that may call to mind alternative country or jazz, as if in a dream, weaving in catchy pop melodies and poetic lyrics that explore that dreamworld. Kárlsen is already an accomplished musician, songwriter, producer, and artist, with credits that include seven years as the frontman of the Tromsø-based indie rock band Resirkulert.
In 2019 he was named Young Artist of the Year at the Riddu Riđđu music festival, which inspired him to dive even deeper into the sámi joik tradition that had always been important to him as a young Sámi growing up along the arctic coast. An idea began to form for a Sámi language album, which has now come to fruition as Kárlsen’s solo record debut, Nágirvárrái.
Norah Lång comes from the archipelago of the autonomous Åland Islands, located in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden, but is now living in Malmö in southern Sweden. She studies peace and conflict studies at Lund University, is a freelance journalist as well as one of the editors of the Swedish literary magazine Ordkonst, and is engaged in various other culture and media projects.
One of her previous works is the short documentary film “KÄNN INGEN SKAM FÖR MIG MHAMN”, which follows the lives of young Ålanders in the small hrbor town Mariehamn. Further, she is engaged in poetry, and writes on topics of heritage, nature and the contemporary generation of the archipelago — among other things. Her heart beats for sustainability and human rights, but also for global, political issues in a wide sense.