Eivør (singer)

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Eivør
Eivør Performing at Iceland Airwaves in 2018
Eivør Performing at Iceland Airwaves in 2018
Background information
Birth nameEivør Pálsdóttir
Born (1983-07-21) 21 July 1983 (age 38)
Syðrugøta, Faroe Islands
OriginFaroe Islands
Genres
Years active1996–present
LabelsTutl Records
Associated acts
Websiteeivor.com
Spouse(s)Tróndur Bogason
Eivør Pálsdóttir, Moers festival 2009

Eivør Pálsdóttir (pronounced [ˈaivœɹ ˈpɔlsˌdœʰtəɹ]; born 21 July 1983), known mononymously as Eivør, is a Faroese singer-songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Syðrugøta, she had her first televised performance at the age of 13. Over the course of her decades-long career, her musical output has spanned a wide range of genres such as folk, art pop, jazz, folk rock, classical and electronica.

Career[edit]

In 1999, at the age of 15, she became the lead singer in Clickhaze. The following year, she released her first self-titled album, Eivør Pálsdóttir.[1]

In 2001, Clickhaze won the Prix Føroyar song contest. She moved to Reykjavík in 2002 to study music, releasing an album with the music ensemble Yggdrasil the same year.

After her second solo album, Krákan, was released in 2003, she was nomiated in three categories at the Icelandic Music Awards, winning Best Singer and Best Performer – normally only won by Icelandic artists.

In 2003, she participated in Söngvakeppni Sjónvarpsins with the song "Í Nótt".

In 2004, Eivør was named Arsins Føroyingur (Faroe Islander of the Year).

In 2005, the DR Big Band released its 40th anniversary album, with all songs written and sung by Eivør. The same year, she was awarded the Icelandic Gríma award for composing and performing the piece Úlfhamssaga, based on the Norse sagas.

In 2007, Eivør's 5th album Mannabarn was released. Produced by Dónal Lunny, an English-language version was released simultaneously under the name Human Child. The album was recorded throughout 2006 and early 2007 in Dublin, and reached #39 on the Danish Tracklisten.[2]

In 2008, Eivør collaborated with English composer Gavin Bryars on Tróndur i Gøtu – based on the chieftain of the same name – duetting with bass singer Rúni Brattaberg. It was performed in Gøtugjógv on 12 July 2008.

In 2010, she released the album Larva, marking a stark departure away from her folk sound, moving towards a more experimental and electronic musical style.

In 2012 she married the Faroese composer Tróndur Bogason; the same year, they collaborated on the album Room,[3] which won three awards at the Faroese Music Awards: Best Female Singer, Best Artist and Best Album of the Year. The following year, she covered "Den vilda" by One More Time in Icelandic, which charted on Tónlist TV.[4]

She collaborated with the DR Big Band once again in 2016, releasing the orchestral album At the Heart of a Selkie.

In 2017, Eivør released two companion albums, Bridges and Slør, sung in English and Faroese respectively. Describing the writing process in an interview with Stacja Islandia, she said that "[it] kept coming to me in such a manner that I would write a lyric in English and straight afterwards a lyric in Faroese would arrive – a kind of mirror image or reflection. Most of the songs were written together in pairs. The albums are therefore two different works yet also a unity. This has been my dream project for over 2 years now."[5] The same year, she collaborated with John Lunn on the soundtrack to The Last Kingdom.

The following year, she collaborated with Bear McCreary on the soundtrack for God of War, performing it with a live orchestra at the E3 2016 Sony press conference.[6]

In 2020, she released the album Segl.

She received the 2021 Nordic Council Music Prize.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Eivør Pálsdóttir (SHD 50, Tutl Records, 2000)
  • Clickhaze EP (HJF 91, Tutl Records, 2002)
  • Yggdrasil (HJF 88, Tutl Records, 2002)
  • Krákan (12T001, 12 tónar 2003)
  • Eivør (12T010, 12 tónar 2004)
  • Trøllabundin (together with the Big band of Danmarks Radio 2005)
  • Human Child (R 60117-2, RecArt Music 2007)
  • Mannabarn (R 60116-2, RecArt Music 2007, Faroese version of Human Child)
  • Eivör Live[8]
  • Undo your mind EP (Copenhagen Records 2010)
  • Larva (SHD 130, Tutl Records, 2010)
  • Room (SHD145, Tutl Records, 2012)
  • The Color of Dark (with Ginman) (2014)
  • Bridges (SHD155, Tutl Records, 2015)
  • Slør (SHD165, Tutl Records, 2015)
  • At The Heart of a Selkie (with Peter Jensen & The Danish Radio Big Band, and The Danish National Vocal Ensemble (SHD175, Tutl Records, 2016)
  • Slør (AGs1701, Tutl Records, licensed to A&G Records Ltd., English edition of Slør, 2017)
  • Live in Tørshavn (Norse Music, 2018)
  • Segl (2020)

Singles[edit]

  • "Undo Your Mind" (2010)
  • "Dansaðu vindur" (2013)
  • "Faithful Friend" (2015)
  • "Remember Me" (2015)
  • "In My Shoes" (2017)

Guest appearances and collaborations[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • True Love (2013) – Main actress
  • 111 Góðir Dagar (2021) – Supporting actress

Honours[edit]

  • 2004 Faroe Islander of the Year
  • 2006 Planet Awards – Best female singer (Faroese music awards)
  • 2009 Planet Awards – Best female singer
  • 2006 Best Danish female folk from Jylland (Årets danske Folk Vokalist)
  • 2012 Planet Awards – Best female singer / Best artist / Best album for Room
  • 2013 Nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize[9]
  • 2013 DJBFA (Danish Jazz, Beat and Folkmusic Authors) Award[10]
  • 2021 The Nordic Council Music Prize [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EIVOR.COM discography". Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  2. ^ danishcharts.dk Eivör Pálsdóttir – Human Child album page
  3. ^ Lydtapet.net, Anmeldelse: EIVØR – ROOM Archived 8 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine (in Danish)
  4. ^ Tonlist: Netlistinn viku 46, 2013 Archived 15 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine (in Icelandic)
  5. ^ Kozicki, Marcin. "Eivør – Music means the world to me (interview)".
  6. ^ GameSpot (13 June 2016). "Sony Press Conference Orchestra - Live at E3 2016" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Eivør Pálsdóttir wins the 2021 Nordic Council Music Prize | Nordic cooperation".
  8. ^ tutl.com Eivör Live album page Archived 29 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Aktuelt.fo Eivør instillað til Tónleikavirðisløn Norðurlandarásins (in Faroese)
  10. ^ "To Komponister Hædret af Kolleger i DJBFA der Også Hylder en af Dansk Musiks Bagmænd". DJBFA.dk (in Danish). Danish Jazz Beat and Folkmusic Authors. 2013. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Eivør Pálsdóttir wins the 2021 Nordic Council Music Prize | Nordic cooperation".

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