Norway group crosses language barrier with India through music

Norway group crosses language barrier with India through music

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-04-04 17:58 New Delhi: Norwegian musical group Ljodahatt recently used the medium of classical Norwegian literature and self-composed music to cross the language barrier in India. This week they played several concerts in New Delhi. This is the group's first visit to India and they were anxious about the reactions to their music. "India is a country with an incredibly important musical culture that has influenced many Western artists and we are very honoured for the opportunity to play here," says Ljodahatt frontman Magne Havard Brekke. Brekke started the group together with fellow artists from all over Europe. All the songs are in Norwegian, but group believes the music and the sound of a foreign language open up for a personal interpretation of the music from everyone in the audience. Ljodahatt played concerts at several festivals and the Piano Man Jazz bar in Delhi. There were great crowds turning up to hear their performances and the response was very enthusiastic. According to Brekke, two Indian musicians joined them onstage for the last concerts, which helped bridge a cultural divide. The lyrics have been taken from well-known Norwegian poets and authors and Ljodahatt composes music to go with the texts. "We mix texts from different periods of time and from various places in Norway," Brekke notes. "It is very inspiring to use these traditional texts and convey their message and cultural meaning through a different medium," he adds. Norwegian music institutions have been very supportive of the group and they hope to establish a partnership with Concerts Norway (Rikskonsertene) in the near future. Now the band is off to Bangalore for a last concert there. (ANI)