Valmynd Leit

Gefjun & RÝma (IS)

KristÝn, Rˇsa MarÝa and AnnaWhen: Friday at 21:00
Where: GrŠni hatturinná

Gefjun and RÝma are societies for kvŠ­amenn which are the performers of kvŠ­al÷g, the tunes accompanying the traditional narrative epic poetry (rÝmur) as well as shorter poems composed in one of the 450 rÝmur-meters. KvŠ­al÷g are traditionally performed by a single kvŠ­ama­ur which makes possible the characteristic irregular rhythm and personally applied melisma. Although kvŠ­al÷g are the main focus of the societies they also sing other kinds of traditional Icelandic vocal music. Typically kvŠ­amenn are not professional musicians but amateurs motivated by the passion for their tradition. The mission of the societies is to maintain the performance of kvŠ­al÷g as a living tradition by learning, teaching and performing.

Írlygur (RÝma)Gefjun is a kvŠ­amanna-society in Akureyri established in 2005. Gefjun focuses mainly on learning, teaching and performing traditional kvŠ­al÷g, with personal and often theatrical interpretation by individual kvŠ­ama­ur, as well as group performance. It is a close nit group of 33 kvŠ­amenn some of which learned the traditional kvŠ­al÷g from their parents or grandparents. They meet once a month from September through June but more frequently when rehearsing for particular performing events.

The kvŠ­amanna-society of
RÝma is based in Fjallabygg­. It was formally established in 2011, but is based on much older societies of kvŠ­amenn in the area. RÝma's main focus is not only on kvŠ­al÷g, but also on TvÝs÷ngur (quint-songs) which is a most remarkable Iceland's musical traditions. TvÝs÷ngur has two voices moving for the most part in parallel fifths, utillizing voice-crossings at irregular intervals and is typically in the Lydian mode. RÝma also enjoys harmonizing Icelandic folk songs as well as personal interpretations of kvŠ­al÷g by individual kvŠ­ama­ur. The kvŠ­amenn of RÝma meet on average once a week during the winter months and perform for tourists and on special occasions in the summer time.





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20. - 23. ßg˙st 2014

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