SFEMS Medieval / Renaissance Workshop presents:
Tim Rayborn performing The Far Famed Ones – Poetry and Music of the Vikings
Monday, June 24, 2013, 7:30 pm
Evert B. Person Theatre
1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Admission price: tba
Further information: 617-823-9024
Tim Rayborn presents an astonishing program of myth, poetry, ritual, and music, as he delves deeply into the ancient spiritual and cultural traditions of Northern Europe to present both reconstructed works and surviving pieces from the Viking Age (the 8th through the 12th centuries).
For many, the Vikings were barbarians, marauders who destroyed everything in their wake. But the Norse people were infinitely more complex. They were farmers, traders, explorers, poets, masters of ships and sailing, and experimented with democratic forms of government. The content of their literature is amazing; the Icelandic Sagas are in many ways the first European novels and the Poetic Edda contains masterpieces of alliterative poetry. Their cosmology was as rich as those of the Greeks or Egyptians, and the Norse/Saxon gods live on the names of our days of the week. Their languages deeply influenced our own, and as explorers they were unmatched, traveling from Scandinavia to as far as North America and Baghdad.
This program will include pieces from the Poetic Edda and the Sagas, among others, and offer both early medieval and traditional melodies from areas as diverse as Iceland, Norway, Shetland, Byzantium, the Orkneys, and more. Tim brings to life this heroic era in a stunning one-man performance. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening!
Tim Rayborn: voice, Saami shamanic drum, deerskin rattle, Baltic overtone flute, Nordic lyre, bone flute, 9th-century citole, and the gue: a Shetlandic bowed lyre