With an evocative soundscape, a magical light show and a wonderful radiance of positivity, Faye Wildhagen and her band give the audience a wonderful audio-visual experience. This is in Nidaros Cathedral itself.
When the party doors Until Fay Wildhagen opens at 19:30 on Thursday evening, there is already a long queue outside Nidaros Cathedral. The audience is let into the dome with a warm musical tone lurking in the background until the concert begins. Combined with warm, slightly dim lighting and lit candles on the altar, a pleasant and cozy atmosphere is created in the room. Unfortunately, the synthesized sound is a little too weak to really affect the mood, and is sometimes drowned out by chatter among the audience. However, this is a criticism of the audience, and also probably the only negative thing I have to say about the whole concert experience.
When the lights are dim, Fortunately the audience stopped talking. The synthesized sound becomes stronger, and the band continues and settles into the drone tone. It all becomes a smooth transition to a sound surface where the strings in particular feel. Klangflate’s intro and first song “Into the Woods” also flow directly into each other. Wildhagen comes on stage and opens with just voice and guitar. However, I don’t experience any annoying shift in either timbre or dynamics, which is very impressive. Faye Wildhagen is known for her distinctive, expressive voice, and I’m beginning to believe that hers was created to ring in Nidaros Cathedral, because it sounds so beautiful.
The stage is located in the middle of the church room The audience sits in a semicircle around the band. This setting fits the room well, and creates the feeling that we are all gathered around Wildhagen and what she conveys in her music. It becomes even more unified when Fay Wildhagen, already during the second song, “When I Let It Go,” involves the audience in singing, which happens several times during the concert.
The cast fits the music well It consists of string players Håkon Kjenstad, Sofie Horntvedt and Suniva Shaw Of Torderroch. They also act as singers, preferably at the same time as they are playing. Christopher Low himself plays flugabone, and the guitar and synthesizer, which includes double bass and synth, are made up of Andreas Haga, Jonas Barsten and Ula Vartun. Not everyone plays every song, and the concert has good dynamic variety.
If you give a concert at Nidaros Cathedral, It is almost mandatory to use room acoustics as the main means of operation. Faye and the band do this in a very beautiful way, while the technical aspects, with Haakon Dahlin’s vocals, are also well executed. I feel like I’m enjoying the sound, but it’s still not much. The words being sung and all the nuances of the music come through well, even with all the echo.
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The light show is directed by Kerry Hildahl Carlsen. It should definitely be commented on: the different colours, shapes and shades accompany the music and enhance the somewhat magical atmosphere that is maintained throughout the concert. The moment that really left an impression on me is during the unreleased song “Let’s Keep It in the Family,” where Wildhagen just stands and sings, even without the guitar in his arms, and yellow and orange circles of light move around the stage and ceiling. Its shadow is cast on many walls and during the song the circles gather and cast large shadows on the organ behind the stage, in the middle of one large circle of light. Surprisingly, the organ above and behind the stage functions as a very elegant aesthetic device.
Obviously Wildhagen They enjoy themselves during the entire concert and it affects the audience. It’s easy to see why she enjoys it when she talks about her personal connection to Nidaros Cathedral between songs. The ruling meant a lot to her family, and the artist says she had never been here before because of the awe of the building. This party could not have been a better first visit.
The last song of the concert is “Far” It has an intense, powerful structure that ends with the musicians suddenly switching to playing percussion eggs while there is still plenty of sound in the room. Fay Wildhagen and the band received a standing ovation, and Wildhagen alone played “/Golden” as an encore. The song is dedicated to the situation in Gaza, and Wildhagen encourages everyone who has the opportunity to support organizations working to provide emergency aid to civilians.
In the end, Wildhagen says If there is a prayer she wants to pray while at Nidaros Cathedral, it is to return and perform a concert here with her new album due out in February. I think it’s just a matter of folding your hands and getting on with it, because an evening like this with an artist who decorates the room so well, I would like to experience it again, and I think more people should do it too.
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