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Equinox

Kraggerud & Kammerorkesteret

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Join in for a musical and magical journey around the globe! Internationally acclaimed author Jostein Gaarder, hav written a story within the framworl of time zones and musical keys. Henning Kraggerud has composed the musical soundscape of this intricate story. Kraggerud performs at Väyläfestival in Ylitorno togehter with the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

At an equinox there is exactly 12 hours between sunrise and sunset over the entire earth. Day and night is the same length for everyone. The spring equinox is on March 21 and it is on this particular day that Jostein Gaarder’s intense story unfolds. This is a typical Gaarder story, which takes place on several levels. After a while, you will realize the connection between the various threads. Henning Kraggerud has written effective and beautiful music to accompany Gaarder’s texts.

“Sleepless during the spring equinox, he writes down the story of his surreal journey as he awaits his sentence.”

Discussions have taken place in Europe since the 17th century about the intrinsic properties of the keys. Did the 24 keys have hidden and magical powers? Quotes from theorists, philosophers and composers of the day indicate that this is the case. These quotes and myths provided Jostein Gaarder and Henning Kraggerud with a common source of inspiration for this project. They take us on a journey eastwards around the globe, through 24 time zones during the 24 hours of the day.


The Väyläfestival is a new multifaceted arts festival taking place in the Torne River Valley, an area surrounding the border between northern Finland and Sweden. The festival unfolds as a northbound journey along the river, beginning from the Övertorneå municipality and reaching the midnight sun in Enontekiö, in the heart of Lapland.

Read more about the Väyläfestival here.