Music unites West-Nordic children

Miðvikudagur, 01 Desember 2010 13:59

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Children in Nuuk received a musical shot of Icelandic culture when Duo Stemma visited the smallest school classes in the Greenlandic capital.

”The kids appreciated our show very much. Children are children no matter where you are and their reaction is very similar regardless of whether you perform in Iceland, Faroe Islands or Greenland”, says Steef van Oosterhout who is the male part of Duo Stemma.


Duo Stemma consists of the classical trained musicians Herdís Anna Jónsdottir og Steef van Oosterhout who in their everyday life play with the National Icelandic symphony orchestra. In Nuuk they did not perform classical compositions, but instead they gave their young audience an untraditional musical experience. Among others they performed with Icelandic storytelling, rhythms stroked on clogs and tones from sandpaper.



“The kids were really happy and they understood a lot even though our show is in Icelandic. It just proves that music is an international language. When you perform with honesty, as we aim to do, it really hits the children deeply. We received smiles, sparkles in several eyes and even hugs after the performances”, says Herdís with a loving smile.

In southern Greenland a duo, Eventyrfærd, from Faroe Islands performed for the youngest school children and also here the show was a success. During their tour to Narsaq, Nanortalik, Narsarsuaq and Qarqotoq between 400-600 children laughed to the crazy musical show.



“It has been really fantastic and the kids have been so happy everywhere we performed”, say the artists Dánjal á Neystabø og Búi Dam, who are the men behind Eventyrfærd.


West Nordic exchange project is a corporation between the Nordic house in Faroe Islands, the Nordic house in Iceland and NAPA – the Nordic Institute in Greenland and the aim has been to present Icelandic, Faroese and Greenlandic culture for the very youngest children in Iceland, Greenland and Faroe Islands. The Greenlandic multi-artist Mike Jakobsen has visited schools in Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

Text and picture: Katja Nyborg

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