The Einar Selvik ensemble put forth a tantalizing display of musical grandeur.
Text, Photos by Ekaterina Gorbacheva (@ekaterinagorbacheva.art) at the
Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on November 4, 2022:
From its elaborate architecture to its historical nods, entertainment at the Orpheum Theatre is a time capsule that celebrates a near century in operation. Wardruna take it back even further and bring centuries old customs to a modern setting, rounding out one comprehensive experience. The Nordic outfit brought their expansive energy to Los Angeles as they near completion of a rescheduled North American trek that was highly anticipated stateside.
Kvitravn commenced the evening on a high mark, garnering a focused attention from the many present. The compositional variety of Wardruna is a feat to behold as it looks back to the use of traditional folk customs for a contemporary time, providing a grounding power to their live persona. Skugge continued and transitioned into Solringen, pleasing fans entering from all eras of the group's celebrated discography.
Lindy-Fay Hella's ethereal vocal harmonies radiated throughout the venue's exquisite structure, which provided the ideal acoustics for a performance of this caliber. Between Hella and Selvik, Wardruna stands tall as a vocal powerhouse of moving nature, always inspiring and soothing the soul alongside an array of gentle instrumentation.
Grá, Fehu, and Odal brace audiences for the spiritual closer that is Helvegen, a gem from 2013's Runaljod - Yggdrasil. Heads swayed and arms waived in unison to the pounding drum vibrations before Voluspá put an end to the night.
From beginning to end, the communal experience that transpired across the Orpheum Theatre stage was nothing short of heavenly. Towering projections loomed over the viewer and created shadows behind each instrument and musician, altering the sense of scope. Moments in and one's eyes become glued to the occasion, never once losing grip of the audience, even in moments of solemnity. The tour may conclude tonight in Dallas, TX, but it continues across the world for all to bask in the transcendental experience that is Wardruna. Let this be your sign to schedule it on your agenda.
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