DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF ELSKA – LIVE!
"Watching Elska live…mind officially blown!"
- Concert Promoter tweet during Elska show in New York City
Who is Elska and why is she blowing the minds of concert-goers and promoters a like? Elska is the imaginary character performed by Brooklyn-based singer/actress Shelley Wollert. The character of Elska is a modern pioneer who discovers a newly formed volcanic island off the coast of Iceland where she lives a life of beauty and wonder amongst a cast of unusual friends, including a pensive Winter Bear, a very friendly Goobler, a mysterious Arctic Fox and a vast colony of Lost Socks.
In the live show, Elska has travelled from her amazing island all the way to your venue to tell her story. A blend of theatre, storytelling and musical performance, Elska whisks away children and families on a musical tour of her Arctic home and introduces them to the island’s wonderful inhabitants.
Describing what it's like to perform as Elska on stage, Wollert says: "I actually have very moving and sublime experiences performing as Elska. At some point during the first song I feel the atmosphere change, and it's as if I can send energy through that atmosphere to the audience with gestures and melodies. That's when I know they're on the island with me."
Elska and her island friends also populate her award-winning CD Middle of Nowhere. Like her live performances, the new CD and its extensive artwork transport the listener straight onto the island and celebrate all its wonders.
To create Elska and her fictional world, Wollert worked closely with New York City-based record producer Allen Farmelo (The Cinematic Orchestra, Mikael Jorgensson/Wilco). Combining the whimsy of Winnie the Pooh and the otherworldliness of Dr. Seuss, Farmelo and Wollert very intentionally set out to create a new classic in children’s music and entertainment.
Live, Elska and her band whimsically adapt the songs from the CD using antique handbells, sequencers and analog synthesizers. This instrumentation creates a playful, sparkling soundscape that casts a spell over the audience, drawing them into Elska’s amazing world.
For one afternoon only, Elska will be bringing her magic to St Marys Church, Banbury. On Friday 9th October at 4.30, children and their families will be able to join Elska on her incredible journey. So to book your tickets for this amazing adventure email or phone 01295 273743