Niko Valkeapää


Photo: Øystein Thorvaldsen / Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

For the retrospective exhibition about the Sami artist, poet, activist and musician Nils-Aslak Valkeapää / Áillohaš, Henie Onstad commissioned a new piece by musician and composer Niko Valkeapää.


Niko Valkeapää is the artist's godson and has studied and researched Nils-Aslak's texts and yoiks in depth and used this as inspiration in his own career as an internationally known yoiker, singer, artist, composer and Sami politician. And like his godfather, Niko is also concerned with both preserving traditions and continuing the Sami culture in the face of the present.

The commissioned work Biekkas / I vinden contains both yoiks and songs based on Sami music traditions and poetry.

The video projections were made especially for Biekkas by artist Matti Aikio.

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↑ A chat with Niko Valkepää ahead of the concert at Henie Onstad

Video: André Løyning

  • Niko Valkeapää Joik / vocals, guitar
  • Georg Buljo Guitars, percussion, synth, electronics, vocals
  • Per Willy Aaserud Trumpet, synth, organ, vocals
  • Helge Harstad Bass, baritone guitar
  • Tom Rudi Torjussen Drums, percussion
  • Matti Aikio Video projections
  • Peder Unger Weierholt Lights
  • Christian Brekke Sound
  • Christian Engfelt Multitrack audio mix
  • André Løyning Video documentation
  • Kurator og produsent Curator and producer

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