Ukulele & Languages

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Posts Tagged ‘Iceland’

Learning Icelandic on Learn Icelandic Online takes up a lot of my time these days. I have promised myself I would not travel to Iceland before I am able to hold a basic conversation in Icelandic.
As part of my learning, I like to read Icelandic newspapers online, both in Icelandic and in English.
Tonight I stumbled upon this post on IceNews and felt I had to share this extract with you :

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Today’s feature is a lovely song by Icelandic band Ylja, Á rauðum sandi.

It will take you on a road trip across Iceland towards the end of the summer, to the sound of guitar and ukulele accompanying the vocal harmonies of singers Gígja Skjaldardóttir and Bjartey Sveinsdóttir.

This song is taken from Ylja’s album Ylja which you can purchase on Bandcamp here.

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A cheerful melody, a great voice, plenty of doo doo doo dee doo doo and pa pam pa dam pa to chase the melancholy of autumn settling in [lucky you on the other side of the world who now see the dawn of Spring!], all this provided generously by the great Icelandic singer songwriter Svavar Knútur. Enjoy !

Where did my brain go?

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And now for something completely different… Today it is time to reveal what my big project was all about…

My friend Guillaume and I started a discussion one day on how broad and eclectic our subjects of interest were and how difficult it was to find a thread to make sense of them all. We both enjoyed writing, were captivated by nineteenth century literature and beautiful books with engravings from this period. Besides, I was fascinated by Iceland and the Icelandic language while Guillaume would spend hours copying Olaus MagnusCarta Marina.

One day we  decided to board a brig heading towards northern latitudes and see where it would lead us. The journey was a long and perilous one, the outcome uncertain… After more than a year of brain turmoil, writing whirlwinds, and drawing maelströms, a book was born : Les Fumerolles de Thulé.

Les Fumerolles de Thulé

Guillaume, who has co-written Les Fumerolles de Thulé with me, has also

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The focus of this World Tour will be mainly on instrumental fingerstyle ukulele from around the world but I’ve also featured a couple of  other videos with singing.

1. Poland

Pawel‘s ukulele arrangement of Sen o Warszawie (The dream about Warsaw) by Czesław Niemen performed on a Makapili koa tenor ukulele.

2. Belgium

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