Elfi Sverdrup (NO)

 

The Norwegian artist and singer Elfi Sverdrup uses multiple expressions. Since 1977 she has been working with several vokal traditions: Norwegian folk singing, throat singing from Mongolia and Tuva, Inuit women throat singing from northern Canada and Sami joik, working with the best masters of the different traditions. The last years her main focus has been making improvisations mixing the different styles. The Inuit tradition called katajak is a kind of a sound and breathing competition between to women. The one that starts to laugh has lost. This technique she uses to weave the different vokal styles together, using traditional melodies as the basis. She is working with poetry readings, especially her father Harald Sverdrups poems, but after her life companion Triztan Vindtorns death also with his poems. Through the years she has had lots of performances in Norway, but also in Finland, Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Kroatia and Bosnia.