North Atlantic Soundscapes  - Celtic Harp & Nordic Fiddle


Angelika Nielsen   fiddle, viola
Thomas Loefke     Celtic harp

                                                                        photo:Helmut Wilhelm

The Norðan CD is out now on Tutl and Laika records.

Islands in the North Atlantic inspire the music of the duo Norðan, Tory Island in the Northwest of Ireland, the Hebridean Island of Staffa, the Shetlands, Lofoten in the East, Iceland in the North and right in the middle: the Faroe Islands.

Originally these 18 islands were settled by Irish monks, then the Vikings took over. Dramatic coastal landscapes with cliffs, many hundreds of meters high, lush valleys, fjords and lakes set the mood on the islands. Light, colours and weather change by the minute on these mountains in the sea habitated by 50 0000 people, 80 000 sheep and millions of birds.

Faroese violinist Angelika Nielsen and harpist Thomas Loefke combine in their soundscapes their own compositions with music from the Faroes and Ireland.

The music is accompanied by a slide show with photographs Thomas took during his island travels.

With violin, harp and pictures the two musicians take their audiences on a breathtaking adventurous journey to the North Atlantic.

Angelika Nielsen is the Faroe Island's number one traditional fiddle player. With deep roots in the musical tradition of her home country she also feels at home in jazz and classical music. After growing up in a musical family, she studied music in Reykjavik and Copenhagen. With her band "Kvonn" ("Angelika" in the faroese language), the Faroese Symphony Orchestra, with the Jazz formation Yggdrasil, with Aldubaran, with Norland Wind or as a solo artist she has toured all the Scandinavian countries, the USA, Australia, Japan, Greenland, Germany and Hungary. Her latest CD: Dimun.

Thomas Loefke learnt his trade in Dublin from Ireland's leading harp players - Máire Ní Cháthasaigh, Helen Davies and Áine Ní Dhúill. Since 1984 he has been playing professionally and has won several international prizes, including first prize at the O'Carolan Harp Festival in Keadue. In 1992 he recorded his first album. The 2nd album Norland Wind followed 1996, released by the Irish top class label Celtic Heartbeat. Besides his work with Norland Wind, he also tours with Riverdance violinist Máire Breatnach, Cello/guitar-duo Acoustic Eidolon, pianist Lutz Gerlach, and as a soloist.

Norland Wind
Norland Wind trio
Thomas Loefke 
 Máire Breatnach
Acoustic Eidolon
 CDs & sounds
photo galleries
contact & links
Videos: Døgg og Sproti (live)   Alvastakkur   Djupini   Steinurin í Íðu/Skorarheyggjurin (live)  Tjørnarøkur (live)   At the River of Thor/Brimgjáir (live)  Døgg og Sproti   Sunnan 
Concerto Grotto    At the River of Thor             
Radio:   Angelika about the CD Norðan on KVF  (in Faroese)
Photos: press release1  press release2  press release3  press release4  Concerto Grotto  Faroe Islands

North Atlantic Soundscapes – Celtic Harp & Nordic Fiddle
Angelika Nielsen violin
Thomas Loefke  Celtic harp
with slideshow:  North Atlantic Soundscapes - The Faroe Islands
14.07.16        F-Dinan (Britanny) Les 33es Rencontres Internationales de Harpes Celtiques
04.08.16        S-88030 Näsåker Urkult Festival 19.00

North Atlantic Bridge tour
An evening with: Norðan, Acoustic Eidolon, Máire Breatnach 

Máire Breatnach vocals, violin
Angelika Nielsen violin
Hannah Alkire violoncello, vocals
Joe Scott double–neck guitjo, guitar, vocals
Thomas Loefke Celtic harp
23.11.16        D-27211 Bassum Kulturbühne 20.00, tickets: +49 4241 840
24.11.16        D-66538 Neunkirchen Stummsche Reithalle 20.00, tickets: +49 651 9790777
25.11.16        D-08352 Markersbach Art Montan 19.00
26.11.16        D-08352 Markersbach Art Montan 14.00
26.11.16        D-08352 Markersbach Art Montan 19.30
27.11.16        D-13507 Berlin-Spandau Zitadelle Gotischer Saal 17.00, tickets: +49 30 3334022 

North Atlantic Soundscapes – Celtic Harp & Nordic Fiddle
20.01.17        D-31626 Haßbergen Alte Kapelle
21.01.17        D-27524 Bederkeesa ev. Bildungszentrum
22.01.17        D-18211 Admannshausen-Bargeshausen Kulturscheune Bargeshagen       
23.01.17        D-33829 Borgholzhausen Heimathaus
24.01.17        D-12587 Berlin Union Kino Friedrichshagen
26.01.17        D-53225 Bonn Brotfabrik
27.01.17        D-49419 Wagenfeld Auburg
28.01.17        D-39108 Magdeburg

contact:     tel: +49 171 271 0944