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Sunleif Rasmussen

Born: 1961

Nationality: Danish

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Photo © Lars Skaaning


The Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen was born on Sandoy in 1961. The Faroe Islands and the North Atlantic nature and nationality are key factors to understanding his sensuous music, which bears indelible traces of wind, dunes, lyme grass and the ubiquitous Atlantic Ocean.

Sunleif Rasmussen’s music may not seem inherently Faroese, but deep within the musical structure lingers traces of accumulated Faroese folk songs deconstructed and rebuilt in the form of a musical pantry of notes; notes which may rightly be called Rasmussen’s own – and new – while still retaining a relation to Faroese tradition and history.
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