Bio

Primal neofolk in the name of Föld Anya, Earth Mother, and the songs of old. We recall the rhythms of the world, from the murmuring streams to the wild fury of the Jötnar to the anguished fiddling of the fossegrim.

Nøkken + The Grim is the feral call of beasts, the longing cry of animal and nature spirits in an era of machines. We recall the old ways, of animistic life, forgotten rituals, and primal musics, coursing from the spirit of Norse and Magyar traditions and times before humanity. We are nonhuman spirits who pull this music from the dreams and memories of the soils and roots and lost paths. We sing for our human brothers and sisters to join us again in the wild dance. Through dark electronics and the breathing of strings and winds, we give new life to the ancient song.

We sing of the wilderness, of upheaval, of feral magics. We yearn for humanity to rewild its spirit and join us again.

Lead violinist Nøkken is a water-horse spirit and fiddler. Legends have told of this shapeshifting fiddler who lures humans to their demise in the murky river. He is also known as Bäckahästen, the brook-horse. Nøkken draws inspiration from his Norse and Magyar folkroots and his kinship with nonhuman life. He is joined by Ajatar on viola, the Finnish dragoness, mother of nature spirits and bearer of forbidden knowledge. Peryton, The Black Stag, performs on electronics and winds. He was once the Csodaszarvas, the Magyar White Stag of legend. His feathers and fur have turned black with soot, and his desecrated spirit rages in agony, fused with technology.

Photo by Michael Connell http://www.michaelconnellphoto.com/

Photo by Michael Connell http://www.michaelconnellphoto.com/

Nøkken (center) is a Norse water spirit and shapeshifter, a creature of horror and allure. In bygone days, the spirit would seduce humans with his fiddling or as a seemingly tame horse offering himself to be ridden. Those who would fall under his spell would witness his true form as they drowned: a monstrous tangle of fangs and river plants. He has guarded the sacred wild places from human trespassers and represents the currents and rhythms of life, the pulses of trance.

Peryton, The Black Stag (right) performs on electronics and winds. Formerly the White Stag of Hungarian legend who guided the sons Hunor and Magor to become the Hun and Magyar tribes, his fur and feathers have been scorched black with the soot of modern industry. Driven to madness, he has infested humanity’s machines with his wild calls. He recalls the crazy wisdom, running along pathways to new insights and transformations of the spirit.

Ajatar (left), the Finnish witch of the woods, mother of woodland spirits, is sometimes a woman and sometimes a violent serpent. Like Tiamat, she carries with her forbidden knowledge, the touch of which drives humans insane. Once recognized as an aspect of divine nature, she was corrupted by mankind’s misunderstanding into a bearer of pestilence and death. She recalls the ways of ouroboros, the serpent eating its tail, the primal symbol of life-death.