Heaven's Polska

by Erik Ask-Upmark

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Download the booklet with liner notes here: ask-upmark.se/harp/heavens_polska_booklet.pdf

Erik Ask-Upmark's first solo album is actually also the very first harp solo album ever featuring only Nordic music! Often hailed as the successor to Irish music on the international scene (sometimes referred to, tongue-in-cheek, as "emo-irish"), Nordic traditional music is quickly becoming ever more popular outside the countries of its origins.

"Ask-Upmark's playing style is lively and full of life, and while you wouldn't normally associate harps with dances, in his hands it's a natural fit. Even the slower pieces have a sense of flow and emotion. This might be the first Swedish harp album, but judging by the results, it shouldn't be the last!" - Dirty Linen (USA)

"Allor e'ro a allor bir'o" means It never is, and never will be so wonderful. Well, I hope it will, "Himlens Polska" features some heavenly tunes and some extraterrestrial playing. It is a nice start for more!" - FolkWorld (UK)

"An amazingly rich and wide array of tunes. Sonically this is top-notch stuff – honest, uncontrived, and absolutely pleasing and timeless with wonderful warm deep bass tones and a clear high end. [...] Erik's astounding rhythmic playing will make any harper stop in their tracks. So, if you have not purchased a Nordic album yet, then start your collection with this "Himlens Polska!" - Folk Harp Journal (USA)

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released January 7, 2007

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Erik Ask-Upmark Lund, Sweden

Erik Ask-Upmark is one of very few harpists focusing on Scandinavian music on the Celtic harp. He is a Swedish "Riksspelman" (Musician of the Realm) who also plays the Baroque harp and many other early instruments with his groups Svanevit, Dråm and Falsobordone as well as occasionally with larger ensembles such as Concerto Copenhagen and Ensemble Mare Balticum, and tours all over the world. ... more

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