Kristjan has a new album out, and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic features on one of the tracks, Aurora. The Nordic Escapes album was released on 7 August on BMG imprint Modern Recordings and is Kristjan’s first complete album of self-composed music. Aurora was recorded by Kristjan and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, together with Swiss violinist David Nebel, in March 2019 during the orchestra’s ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia.
Inspired by the sounds, people and landscapes of the North, Nordic Escapes takes the listener on a captivating musical journey, merging electronic textures and orchestral soundscapes. It’s a journey that, on a personal level, illuminates Kristjan’s reconnection with his Nordic homeland after many years of living in the US, and on an elemental level explores and celebrates the power and beauty of nature. ‘One of the problems we have today is that people feel disconnected from nature and from each other,’ says Kristjan. ‘I think we need to feel ourselves again as part of nature and as part of the big picture. Nordic Escapes connects the listener to music and nature.’
Aurora evokes both the Northern Lights (the aurora borealis) and the short, colourful Nordic summers. Diatonic sequences, dancing rhythms and flowing, repeating patterns combine in an uplifting work that’s full of light, warmth and vitality. Aurora has become a signature piece of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, and it will form part of the upcoming ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour of Italy and Germany in September.