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Apocryphal - peculiar, odd newly written music fertilized by both folk music and classical. Karin Höghielm is most certainly a controversial composer and voice-expressionist with a very personal style. Excitement, respect and irreverence are mixed in a way that leads to interesting and innovative works. In several parts it is the human voice and the movement Karin Höghielm uses to convey and illustrate the wordless song that is the very foundation of her music; visualising the song and movement becomes her central aim. Her work provides a vision of timeless universal emotion, which is an enriching feeling that remains with the audience long after the end of the concert.

Karin´s debut album including thirteen compositions for Two female voices, 8 musicians, a male vocal-quartet, and a mixed choir.

Musicians: Ute Goedecke, Per Matsson, Peter Wilgotsson, Vokal Six, Tomas Rodrick, Johan Olsson, Sofi Håkansson, Ulrika Carlsson, and Husets Kör

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Psyche van het Folk – Belgium: " The artist has a good portion of individuality to blend various styles and make it her own kind of variety of music. Karin succeeds to create a certain aria of contemplation within this blend of various musical sources involved. Here music is balanced and gentle. Very recommended."

Feedback Monitor - Toronto, Canada: " Apocryphal features a truly unique melding of ancient Nordic music and modern experimental sound structure. Höghielm has a stunning voice, comparable in places to Lisa Gerrard, and she uses it to full effect, singing not only in her native Gotlandish but also in Latin and a form of wordless mouth music that is reminiscent of Tuvan throat singing... Aspects of seemingly disparate styles such as Arabic and Indian music are in evidence throughout, giving credence to the theory that all of the planets music is rooted in single pool of sound. We can only be thankful that there are artists such as Karin Höghielm who are able to tap into this primal force so directly and produce musical offerings as beautiful as Apocryphal."

Dirty Linen – the magazine of folk and world music - Baltimore, USA: " Imbued with an air of almost liturgical spirituality, her music is ancient and cutting-edge at the same time. Apocryphal is an intriguing intelligently conceived work."

Earwawes Network - Berkeley, USA: " Brilliant new music from Sweden. Vocal ensemble music. Very stunning and delightful"

Chaos Realm - music magazine-Baltimore, USA: " Karin Höghielm is a vocalist who, on this disc, demonstrate a completely stunning voice. A CD that I`d recommend to any fan of highly original vocal music."

HYBRID - Australia: " The Vikings meet Dead Can Dance."

Women on air - New York: " Wonderful music."

Multi Kulti - Berlin: " It is captivating from the first moment."

Norra Skåne Sweden: " In part, this music sounds like a cross between Meredith Monk and the group Dead Can Dance. Modern experiments are blended into a sacred base structure. It is also these unpredictable mixtures that attract the listener."

LIRA - Sweden: " Remarkably versatile."

Gränslöst – Sweden: " Her music is folk-musical and avant-garde, from the Middle Ages and contemporary…Karin Höghielms music is warm and soft and intimate, so small that you can touch it, at the same time that it is an unknown adventure: a metropolis one visits for the first time or large forest. She gets me associating to both Frank Zappa and a convent choir from the Middle Ages, to Carla Bley, to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Träd Gräs och Stenar."

Sydsvenska Dagbladet – Sweden: " Simple yet consistent melancholy multi-music. Often caustic and unpolished, inspired by primitive music and non-European or older European singers.The style feels influenced by minimalism. It lies close to hand to compare her to the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt."

Klingan – Swedish Radio P2 Sweden: " Amongst the most remarkable music I have heard."

Panorama Musikk - Norway: " Karin Höghielm has an exciting voice, the mysteriousness of which entices. She receives good assistance from her highly proficient colleagues, on everything from bass to gothic harp. The music in its totality has a mystical framework, which creates a very special atmosphere and reminds me of the good old Dead Can Dance. The fact that this record is so well produced adds an excellent finish, through which both the expressions are done justice…Oh yes, I definitely recommend this record to those on the lookout for music with depth. The record is most definitely at its best in the small hours, when one has adequate time for reflection and consideration."

Djembe (folk music magazine) - Denmark: " Voice-expressionist Karin Höghielm is not one to compromise. Höghielms capacity as a crafter of melodies is inescapable. Throughout this album she delivers a succession of powerful and at times captivating melodies and atmospheres. She has a fantastic voice, which she has full control over, and goes beyond the limits of how song is actually defined."


1.Stanley Park 6´00
2.Sensomoto 5´06
3.Entrada 3´25
4.Kyrie 4´26
5.Roma ruined abbey 4´49
6.Sordo 3´17
7.Miller in memoriam 5´19
8.Ave Maria 7´12
9.Lame´nto 4´20
10.Aguéli 6´51
11.Domini 5´05
12.Vocalis 1´56
13.Teidlausr 2´15
Total time 61:18

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