Porkerisvatn – Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil

kr. 183

Producer catalog: HJF355
Tracks: 8


About Porkerisvatn

A Suite in 8 Parts
Compositions by Kristian Blak

In 2020, Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil were commissioned by Listasavn Føroya (The National Gallery of the Faroes Islands) to create music to a painting, a landscape from the permanent collection: “Porkerisvatn”, by William Heinesen. This album is the result.

William Heinesen, in his short story “Gæster fra månen” (“Guests from the Moon”), describes the landscape around Porkerisvatn as “resembling a gigantic, jagged lizard back.”
In the Enûma Elish, the Babylonian epic of creation, the god Marduk kills the chaos-dragon Tiamat and divides her body into two parts, from which he forms the heavens and the Earth.

“As I composed this suite, I imagined the land around Porkerisvatn, Heinesen’s “dragon back”, to be the remains of Tiamat. The eighth part of the suite describes the dragon herself, while the other parts are inspired by various elements of the landscape.” -Kristian Blak

  1. Vatn (Lake) Porkerisvatn is a lake on the old footpath between Argir and Kirkjubøur. The rhythmic pattern in this piece is inspired by the Faroese traditional ballad “Dagmoy”.
  2. Á (Stream) – A small stream runs into Porkerisvatn from the mountains to the north and flows out on the south side of the lake.
  3. Grót  (Rock) – Situated on the tableland Kirkjubøreyn, the lake is surrounded by stones and rock formations.
  4. Grátt undir steini (Woodlouse) – Woodlice abound in this landscape. In Faroese, their name is more poetic: Grey-Under-Stone.
  5. Jørð (Earth) – Music based on a Sámi joik.
  6. Skýggj (Clouds) – I have composed a new melody for the traditional Faroese hymn “Farvel, farvel du gamle År”.
  7. Flog (Flight) Inspired by a flock of ruddy turnstones that flew overhead during one of my walks around Porkerisvatn.
  8. Drekin (The Dragon) – The Faroese landmass arose about 60 million years ago, the result of volcanic eruptions. From chaos and destruction came life, just as Marduk created the earth through the destruction of Tiamat’s body.

The musical material is based on the Faroese traditional ballad “Sjúrðarkvæðið,” the story of the slaying of the dragon Fafnir.

The vinyl record contains a booklet with 8 painting prints by Sámal Blak for each song of the album.

Photography and layout by Ditte Mathilda Joensen / veingir.

The cover contains an error, where Brandur Jacobsen’s last name is misspelled as Jakobsen.

Released on the following formats:
LP and Digitally on all major platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). You can check it out by using this link: https://bfan.link/porkerisvatn


Composers and Authors

Kristian Blak



Angelika Hansen

(violin & viola)

Kristian Blak

(piano & näverlur & vocals)

Mikael Blak

(acoustic & electric bass & synth bass)


Kristian Blak


Mikael Blak


Theodor Kapnas

(sound engineer & mix)

Ditte Mathilda Joensen

(photography & layout)

Sámal Blak


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