Musical storytelling with strong social engagement.
The Northern Norwegian artist Moddi can be difficult to pigeonhole, and
through his music, he crosses both genres, languages and national borders
with beautiful, melancholic songs and a tireless drive.
Moddi has been called a musician who really wants
give the world the music it needs. His latest album, Like in 1968
is a celebration of everyday activism and deals with topics such as Norwegian
arms exports, power play, the climate crisis and the importance of caring. Last
summer he performed The New North
during the Varanger Festival. This was the beginning of a bigger
project where he aims to establish a Norwegian-speaking, strong and influential
folk-pop that is relevant to our time and has Northern Norway as its basis.
This is the first time the Bergen International
Festival visits Skjerjehamn, the old trading town which used to be an important
hub for fishing, commerce and industry. Here, based on his own songs and
stories, Moddi picks up the tone from Nordvegen, the festival's musical voyage of
several years themed by millennia of life lived in treaty with the sea.Photo: Jørgen Nordby