Our complete Viking Mythology Song Cycle released at last.
Gods and myths of the Viking era come to life in this musical retelling of Norse Mythology. These twelve songs narrate the history of the cosmos according to Viking legend, from the creation of the world to Ragnarok and the new world beyond, focusing on the death of Baldur, and the strife between Odin and his blood-brother Loki.
Combining a folk style with medieval modes, complex close harmony and multiple sets of competing lyrics, these songs present detailed and lively retellings of the myths, illustrating different characters’ competing perspectives, and the rival worldviews of gods, giants and mortals who compete to survive in the harsh cosmology imagined by the Vikings. The songs are closely based on medieval Icelandic sources, and present the stories as they have been handed down, but expanding upon the perspectives of the different participants to bring new depth to the characters. The songs also examine aspects of Viking culture, especially the tradition of skaldic poetry, riddles, runes, and the value placed on storytelling as a form of passing on history.
The Sundown Project is both an album and a play, performed in period costumes. You can order the DVD through the "Physical Goods" tab here on Bandcamp.
The physical CD contains these twelve recordings plus a 24-page full color booklet including all the lyrics for all songs and illustrations.
The Sundown Libretto is a 170 page book containing the complete script and all lyrics in order, so you can follow along with the complete story as it flows in the play. It also contains 90 pages of Norse mythological and cultural notes and details about the songs and play, written by composer Ada Palmer. It is available both as a coil bound book (through the "physical goods" tab) and as a downloadable DRM-free e-book (under "digital goods)."
The Sundown Songbook is a 272-page collection containing the complete sheet music for all twelve songs, plus bonus guitar chords for Hearthfire. It too is available as a coil-bound book, designed to be easy to set open on a music stand, and as an e-book.
released January 4, 2015
Voices: Lila Garrott, Matt Granoff, Irina Greenman, Kara Hurvitz, Emily Lewis, Ada Palmer, Lauren Schiller, Tili Sokolov, Alexa Weingarden, Ruth Wejksnora, Alexandria Wilkie
Music by: Ada Palmer
Sound editing: Alexandria Wilkie, Nat Budin, Ada Palmer
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