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Singer Shares Feeling Of Norse Winters

Of the Oakland Press

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Growing up in Norway, singer Sissel became quite familiar with the northern lights. And that “magical” experience is what she wanted to share with her fans on her latest CD and DVD project, titled, appropriately enough, “Northern Lights.”

“My memories are a lot about nature and how beautiful it is and how peaceful it is, because we live in a very stressed world, where there’s noise around us all the time,” explains Sissel, 38, whose surname is Kyrkjebe. “I think the most beautiful time is when it’s absolutely silent around you.

“When you can experience that, it’s magical. I want to share that with people through my music.”

The “Northern Lights” DVD, which was also a PBS special, was filmed in the Nordic village of Roros, a remote locale that Sissel says meant “a lot of work” for the performers and crew. But she felt the effort was worthwhile.

“I wanted to show people the Norwegian winter and how I experience winter,” she says. “The idea was just so obvious, and (Roros) is such a special, historical place; you’re in the middle of nowhere and suddenly there’s this beautiful old village.

“We didn’t actually have a very long time to pull it all together, but everything was just perfect. It just felt like, ‘Oh, this was meant to be.’ It was very special.”

Sissel performs at 8 p.m. Saturday (April 26) at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit. Tickets are $50, $40 and $30. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit www.musichall.org.

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