An intimate Christmas celebration with Nordic Affect
The concert was originally performed in 2018 as part of the European Broadcasting Service’s Christmas music day.
Through the ages Christmas has been a season where many think of, or travel home. Home is however also a living environment and ever changing; one we shape ourselves. Through ‘Að Heima / To Home’ Nordic Affect invites the audience into their musical home, where they meet instruments, whose sounds invite intimacy and nearness. And just as every voice should be heard in the household, all of the performers will contribute to the program through their own choice of baroque consort music and holiday tunes from his/her homeland into the programming. The event can extend to include soundscapes by Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir, drawing on field recordings from the ensemble’s biological home Iceland, which reverberate and transform the concert-home. And as a special tour de force, as home should be a place of respect and inclusion, the audience is invited to join the ensemble in a sing-along. The event includes the special guest appearance of vocalist and Icelandic drone-zither performer Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson.