- Elin Brimheim Heinesen
- First public appearances
- Radio entertainer
- The legendary Tórshavn Jazz Club
- First jazz record ever recorded in the Faroes
- Elin has contributed to several albums
- A musical / theatre performer
- The two man pop band Nalja
- Elin’s most popular song
- Elin & Kári go their separate ways
- A musical come-back
This biography is about Elin’s musical career. To read more about her professional career, click here.
Elin was born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, in 1958. She is a Faroese singer and songwriter, who has been on and off the music scene on the Faroe Islands since the seventies. She is a soloist but has performed with several other artists from time to time – the co-work with Faroese composer/producer Kári Jacobsen being the most well known, with whom she published their debut album NALJA in 1988, and the co-work with the band Ad Libitum with whom she published the album “Yndisløg” (Treasured Songs) in 2010.
Although she in a long time didn’t release more than one album with half the music written and composed by herself, these songs have none the less been very well received and popular in her home country. In early 2018 she finally went to a studio to record her first solo album solely with her own music. Read more about that further down this page.
The first time the public ever heard Elin sing was when she was 6 years old. She sang a Faroese children’s song – “Nú fiskur er á grunninum” by Hans Andrias Djurhuus – in a children’s program on the Faroese public radio station. But her first real public appearance on stage as a singer was when she was 16 years old in a play at the theatre in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, where she sang a Faroese version of the song “Streets of London” by Ralph McTell translated or rewritten by herself, which became popular and has been recorded with her lyrics by various other Faroese bands a couple of times since then.
Here is a photo from Elin’s very first public performance in the theatre Sjónleikarhúsið:
After this performance she was asked to participate in a live radio entertainment show called “V4″ in the Faroese public radio. She became well known by the Faroese public these years, because she toured the Faroe Islands with the other performers on the radio show and was heard singing on the radio every Saturday evening in the wintertime for almost three years. It’s worth to mention that there was no TV on the Faroe Islands these years – not until 1981 – so everybody listened to the radio.
Here is a photo from one of the V4 performances:
The legendary Tórshavn Jazz Club
In the late seventies Elin was involved in forming the first Jazz Club in Tórshavn – a legendary club, which not only presented jazz but all kinds of rhythmic music. The jazz club became a reknown place many Faroese musicians still remember with gratitude because it offered them an opportunity to play and listen to music never heard live before in Tórshavn. Furthermore several foreign bands and musicians were invited to the Faroe Islands to play at the jazz club, which was very inspiring for Faroese musicians. Elin had several performances at the jazz club, among others with her uncle Svenn Brimheim, where she sang jazz and blues, for instance, from The Real Book.
At that time Elin played music with some of her classmates – Ívar Bærentsen, guitar, and Bergur Hansen, flute – she sang and played the piano herself. She also began composing her own music mostly in folk tradition with inspiration from jazz and blues, and performed several times in the jazz club – also with other musicians.
Here is Elin singing with Bergur on flute and Ívar on guitar:
Here Elin is having her first solo performance on stage in the late 70′ies at the International Women’s day:
First jazz record ever recorded in the Faroe Islands
Elin appeared in 1977 on the first jazz LP ever made in the Faroe Islands “Jazz í Føroyum 1″ (TUTL HJF 1) on the track “Hundasjúku blues” (Hangover blues) composed by Kristian Blak, which is one of the songs that has stayed the longest ever on the Top 15 hit list in the Faroe Islands (aprx. 20 weeks). The album was recorded in the legendary Faroese music producer Milson Zachariassen’s studio in his cellar.
The same year (1977) Elin appeared on a record for children “Nu ska’ vi u å sejle” [TUTL HJF 3] 1977 with the band Kræklingar and others with music made by Kristian Blak. She sang Girafsangen (“The Giraf Song”)
Touring in Scotland, Orkney and Shetland
In the summer of 1977 Elin went on tour in Scotland, Orkneys and Shetland where she was a part of a group of Faroese folk dancers and a folk band. She also performed on stage herself with guitar player Ívar Bærentsen and bass player Kolbein Simonsen and sang some of her own songs and some of Ívar Bærentsens songs. The concerts were popular especially in Orkney and Shetland where all tickets were sold out at all the concerts.
Here Elin is performing with Ívar Bærentsen on guitar and Kolbein Simonsen on bass in Orkney and Shetland:
Elin has contributed to several albums
In the eighties Elin participated as a singer (mostly as backing choir) on several music album recordings with various artists. The best known album is “Blátt” by Jákup Marner Antoniussen, where she – among other songs – sang duet with Jákup Marner in the hit song “Tú og eg”.
Another duet song also became a hit on the Faroe Islands – “Meg minnist eina mynd” by Hans Andrias Djurhuus, which Elin sang together with Jógvan Telling.
She also sang choir on the hit song “Lítli fuglur” by Anfinn T. Hansen.
Elin has also sung several popular childrens songs on the Faroese public radio.
Musical activities in Århus in the 80′ies
In the mid-eighties she was living in Århus in Denmark – for a short while she sang and played keyboards in a rock band with the brothers Kaj & Karl Anton Klein a.o. and participated on a recording (published as MC) with them.
Here is a photo from a party in Århus – first one with Kaj Klein on guitar and Jákup Thomsen on keyboard, and the second one with Karl Anton Klein on guitar, Emil ? on bass and Edvard Nyholm Debess on drums, in 1983:
Elin also conducted a small Faroese choir in Århus at the same time -and a little a capella quartet.
A musical / theatre performer
In 1976 Elin was one of the actors on stage in the musical “Lív og leikur í fimti ár”.
Here are all the actors on stage in the theatre Sjónleikarhúsið – Elin is no. 3 from the left in the front row:
In the early eighties Elin performed as a singer in the music theatre play “Seymistovan” which played for full houses more than forty times.
Here are all the actors on stage in the theatre, Sjónleikarhúsið:
She appeared singing on a theatre stage again in 1993, where she played a role in “Glataðu Spælimenninir” (The Lost Musicians) based on the novel of the same title by Faroese famous author William Heinesen. This took place at the Nordic House in Tórshavn.
The two man pop band NALJA
In 1984 Elin and Faroese composer/producer Kári Jacobsen met at a party. Elin was 26 years old at the time, and Kári only 16! Even though they were ten years apart and came from very different musical backgrounds, they found out that their chemistry was perfect.
Here is a photo of Elin & Kári from the actual party, when they met the first time:
Shortly after they formed a two man pop band “Elin & Kári”, and in the summer of 1988 they published an album on music cassette called “Nalja” on the Faroe Islands. They wrote, composed and arranged all the music themselves, but Faroese legendary music producer, Óli Poulsen, helped them produce the album.
Here is a photo of Elin, Óli and Kári from the Bløndal studio in Copenhagen:
There were 10 tracks on the album. 5 by Kári Jacobsen and 5 by Elin Heinesen. Here are samples of the 10 tracks on Nalja:
“Á, tann deiliga Havn” by Kári Jacobsen:
“Sjeikurin” by Elin Heinesen:
“Loyndarmálið” by Elin Heinesen:
“Hygg at mær” by Kári Jacobsen:
“Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð” by Elin Heinesen:
“Ansa eftir” by Kári Jacobsen:
“Livandi ljós” by Kári Jacobsen
“Eydnan” by Elin Heinesen:
“Øgiliga væl” by Elin Heinesen:
“Aftaná” by Kári Jacobsen:
All the tracks – more or less – have been hit songs, and have gotten a lot of airplay on Faroese radio stations. And still do. Every Faroese knows these songs.
After many requests it was decided to republish “Nalja” on CD in the summer of 1998 as a celebration of the 10 years anniversary of the album, published by the Faroese record company, called TUTL. On the CD were all the old tracks + a bonus track: “Heimlongsul” with music by Kári Jacobsen – and lyrics by Elin:
Elin & Kári go their separate ways – and meet again
Elin & Kári appeared on stage several times – including two times at the big concerts at the Faroese national holiday, Ólavsøka (Sct. Olavs Wake), which takes place every year before crowds of thousands of people.
Elin & Kári had planned to publish a second album in 1992 “NALJA II”, but at that time the Faroe Islands were hit by a very severe economic crisis, which made it impossible to finance the production of a new album. After that they became busy with other things in their lives and went their separate ways.
Kári has had a successful career as a music composer and producer in Denmark, and is the man behind many of the jingles, trailer songs or theme songs in popular TV programmes on Danish TV, as well as the man behind very popular pop acts – like the Faroese girl pop band Popp Korn some years ago, and the pop band Faroe 5. The albums of these two groups are some of the best selling albums ever on the Faroe Islands.
In 2012 Elin & Kári performed together again on stage for the first time in 20 years. They were asked by the arrangers of the Faroe Pride if they were willing to perform together again – and thereby support gay rights and the gay community in the Faroes. Of course, they said yes, and then NALJA was recreated! They had a great performance with a full band in front of an audience of several thousands of people.
Here is an excerpt from the concert:
A couple of days later, the two music veterans, Elin & Kári, played another concert at Ólavsøka (Sct. Olavs Wake, the national holiday in the Faroes) in front of an even bigger crowd of more than 10.000 people.
Here is a photo from the Ólavsøka concert in Vágsbotn in 2012:
These were very touching and nostalgic moments, because everyone was singing along with the old, popular NALJA-songs at the two concerts.
Since then they have had a few concerts, including one at the music festival Við Múrin in Kirkjubø, in 2015, and in the Tórshavn venue Reinsaríið in 2016.
These photos are from the Við Múrin festival and from the concert at Reinsaríið 15. January 2016:
Elin’s most popular song
“EITT DÝPI AV DÝRARI TÍÐ” (In english: “A Chasm of Precious Time”) is the title of one of the most popular songs on the Nalja album. Elin wrote and arranged the music to the song, and her father, the Faroese author Jens Pauli Heinesen, wrote the lyrics.
In 2002 the song was rearranged by the Danish Film composer Søren Hyldgaard and was recorded with City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under conduction of Mario Klemens. Elin sang as a soloist backed up by Tórshavnar Manskór (Tórshavn Mens Choir) under conduction of Bjarni Restorff. The song was published in a TV film about Elin’s father – the author Jens Pauli Heinesen shown on Faroese public TV to celebrate his 70 years birthday. This song has been said to be a milestone in Faroese music history.
For almost 20 years Elin did not appear much in public as a musician – not since the early nineties. She became a mother in 1990, and for a long time she had a busy career in Denmark in culture administration, marketing and journalism – so she hadn’t the time to pursue a musical career also.
But Elin made kind of a come back in the summer of 2010, when the album “Yndisløg” was released. In 2005 she went in to the studio to record eight songs together with her uncle Svenn Brimheim, who was a well known guitar player on the Faroe Islands, and with the band he played in, Ad Libitum, which was a very popular easy listening folk band on the Faroe Islands, mostly playing classical evergreens. They planned to record a number of other songs later, and the album was intended to be released in 2006, but Svenn unfortunately died in the spring of 2006, before they could make the rest of the recordings. Later – in 2007 – Elin went into the studio with the rest of the band to record the seven remaining song.
The album got the title “Yndisløg – Ein ferð aftur í farnar tíðir” (Treasured songs – A trip down memory lane) and contains her, her uncles and mothers favorite songs, most of them evergreens from the sixties, translated to Faroese by Elin herself and others. Eight of the songs were recorded live in a studio at the Faroese public radio station in September 2005 with Svenn and Ad Libitum. The remaining seven tracks were recorded with the band – but without Svenn.
The album Yndisløg sold 1,300 copies, which is a lot in a small country like the Faroe Islands of 50,000 people. The album is sold out and not available in record stores any longer, but the artist has a few copies left for selling, so it is still possible to order the album directly from the artist by sending an E-mail to her at elinbrimheimheinesen(at)gmail.com. By doing so you also donate an amount to the Faroese Cancer Society. The price is 120 DKK for each copy + postal expences. Elin will send you the ordered copy or the copies by postal mail and give you the instructions on how to pay for it/them.
The release of the album Yndisløg kicked of a demand for live performances with Elin Brimheim Heinesen, and she has performed at many concerts and festivals since 2010, including the G! festival in Gøta, Summarfestivalurin in Klaksvík, Voxbotn in Tórshavn, Ólavsøkukonsertir in Tórshavn, Summartónar at different venues in the Faroe Islands, in churches, at the venue Reinsaríið in Tórshavn, and the venue Tøting in Gøta, at private parties, at wedding and at funerals as well as at living room concerts (mostly for tourists) in the summer. She usually sings and plays some of the classical NALJA songs, some cover songs from the Yndisløg album and her own songs, some published and some not published before. Sometimes she performs alone, sometimes accompanied by two other musicians playing acoustic guitar and bass. Here are some photos from different performances:
Elin with Ad Libitum in 2008:
Elin playing with Jens Marni Hansen at a 50 year birthday party in 2008:
Elin playing with Benjamin Petersen (Son of Fortune) in Tøting in Gøta in 2009:
Elin and Ad Libitum at Mentón concert in Reinsaríið summer 2010:
Elin and Astrid McDonald at an Ólavsøka concert in 2011:
Elin performing at the SummarFestival in Klaksvík in 2018:
Elin’s latest album “Handan stjørnurnar”
Elin released her first solo album – “Handan stjørnurnar” (Beyond the Stars) – on July 7th, 2018, the date she celebrated her 60′th birthday (which actually was on June 25th). She held a big party at Sjónleikarhúsið, the old theatre in Tórshavn, where she performed some of the songs with the studio crew. All the songs on the album are written and composed by herself and also arranged and produced by herself together with music producer Finnur Hansen. “These are songs, which have been hiding in the drawer for far too long”, as she says.
Here are four of the studio crew members – Arnold, Elin, Rógvi and Finnur:
The studio recordings began in February 2018 and the studio crew was Finnur Hansen on keyboards, Arnold Ludvig on bass, Rógvi á Rógvi on drums, Rúni Eysturlíð and Leivur Thomsen on guitars – some very skilled musicians, in addition to a string of other musicians on strings and wind instruments.
The album contains songs in many different genres: pop, folk, blues, jazz – and even a couple of country songs.
Album art-work on Elin’s solo album “Handan stjørnurnar” made by Zoe Elliott and Tim Vaughan-Sanders from „31 Days In“ in New Zealand:
If you are interested in booking Elin Brimheim Heinesen for a performance or, for instance, experiencing a living room concert with Elin and fellow musicians in her own living room, please send her an E-mail at elinbrimheimheinesen(at)gmail.com.
Elins parents were very much into classical music as well as Swedish folk music by, for instance, Evert Taube and Sven Bertil Taube. Elin’s grandfather was a church choir singer all his life and others in the family sang also in choirs. Her uncle Svenn Brimheim was a reknown guitarist. The family’s music was very much part of Elin’s daily life through all of her childhood and has off course had a great influence.
But also the very lively song tradition on the Faroe Islands where Elin grew up, has influenced her. Faroese people love to party and sing together. Every small town has it’s own choir.
In the seventies Elin was very much into jazz and blues because of her engagement in the Tórshavn Jazz Club – so this has had a huge influence also. In the eighties she formed a duo with Kári Jacobsen and made the pop album “Nalja”, which was kind of a reaction against the political correctness in music, which was very common in those years. Elin has always insisted on making music, that has a right in itself – and not only as a mean to promote something else… anything else but true feelings whether it is joy and happiness or sadness and despair.
Elin has made music of many different kinds all of her career. In the seventies she made songs which you can label folk songs. She has sung jazz, musicals, revue songs, pop rock – even performed with a heavy rock band.
Her previous album as a leading music artist “Nalja” was a pop album, that in many ways reminded of other pop albums from the eighties – but it was also unique in a very ‘Faroese’ way, and became very popular as such. The songs on the album which was re-released in 1998 still get a lot af air play at the Faroese radio channels.
The new album “Yndisløg” (Treasured Songs), released in 2010, has a very different relaxed and easy listening feel to it.
Elin has composed many songs not published yet that might get labeled as pop rock – but that is a very general term that tells nothing about, what it really sounds like…
Yndisløg – Treasured Songs
Content on this page
- samples from the album
- on it’s way for a long time - dedicated to the memory of Maud & Svenn - buy the cd and donate to the cancer society - listen to samples from the CD - buy a gift certificate now and get the cd later! - an ideal gift for those you love - printed gift certificate? wrapped gift? your choice… - how to get the cd
1. Verðin undurfull er (What a Wonderful World)
2. Mussa meg (Besame Mucho)
3. Ynski (May Each Day)
4. Nánd (De nære ting)
5. Halt mær til góðar (Rose Garden/I beg your pardon)
6. Lættur í lund
7. Sangur um frælsi (Sång om Frihet)
9. Elska eymligt (Love Me Tender)
10. So fitt sum í gomlum døgum (Så sødt som i gamle dage)
11. Áarvegurin (Streets of London)
12. Mín einasti eini (Du ar den ende)
13. Nu folder jeg hånd og tanke
14. Veraldarendi (The End of the World)
15. Lít allar tínar leiðir
On it’s way for a long time
After having waited for three long years, Elin Brimheim Heinesen & Ad Libitum were, finally, able to release their sought after CD: Yndisløg – Ein ferð aftur í farnar tíðir (in English: Treasured Songs – A Trip Down Memory Lane) in the summer 2010.
The CD oozes nostalgia, romance, pensiveness, a will to life and love for the human kind.
The CD was recorded partly in September 2005 and partly in January 2007. The recordings were mostly recorded live sessions in the studio. But the release date was postponed for a long time because they had troubles getting the final rights to publish some of the songs in Faroese.
The release date was, finally, set to July 12, 2010.
Dedicated to the memory of Maud & Svenn
The CD is dedicated to the memory of the siblings Maud Heinesen, Elin’s mother, and Svenn Brimheim, Elin’s uncle, who both died of cancer – Maud in 2005 and Svenn in 2006. The purpose is to honour all victims of this terrible desease. The CD is also a tribute to the past – to the time, when these people were young and healthy – and to the splendid music they gave to our generation.
The songs on the CD are primarily Maud’s And Svenn’s most treasured songs. While they struggled to beat the decease and the whole family gathered to comfort each other, Elin often sang these songs, while Svenn played guitar. One day Elin’s mother said that she thought it was a little strange that nobody had translated these fine evergreens to Faroese before. This remark gave Elin the idea to translate the songs into Faroese.
Buy the cd and donate to the cancer society
The CD is sold out in the stores. BUT… Elin has a few CD’s left to sell, so it is possible to order the CD directly from her – and thus, and get a copy or more of the CD.
By ordering the CD you donate money to the Faroese Cancer Society. For each copy sold the Cancer Society will receive an ammount to support them in their cause trying to beat cancer and in helping cancer patients and their relatives.
The CD is available for only 120 DKK + postal expences.
OBS! The Faroese Cancer Society will receive 20 DKK for every copy sold.
An ideal gift for those you love
This CD is ideal to give…
- to people you wish to show your love for
- to your parents, other members of your family or, perhaps, friends who can remember these songs from their younger years
- to people who love acoustic unpretentious live music
- to yourself, just because you like the music …
- or to anyone who likes to support the struggle against cancer
How to get the CD
Send an E-mail to email@example.com to order one or more copies of the CD: Yndisløg – Ein ferð aftur í farnar tíðir (Treasured Songs – A Trip Down Memory Lane) and have it sent by postal mail.
This is what Elin has written on the cover about the CD:
A Few Words about the Origin of the CD Yndisløg / Treasured Songs
“In 2004, my mother, Maud Heinesen, and her brother, my uncle Svenn Brimheim, were both diagnosed with incurable cancer. My mother had cancer of the lung and Svenn had melanoma skin cancer. So we, the family, could do little more than seek comfort in each other in these hard times. I worked in Denmark at the time, but I tried to come home as often as I could and stay as long as possible. In May, 2005, my mother was paralysed from the chest down and was bed bound after that. I spent much of this period by her bed, singing songs from her youth that I knew she loved. These songs formed an important part of my upbringing as a little girl in the 60s. We agreed that it was strange to see that such great songs had never been translated to Faroese. So I decided to translate or rewrite some of them.
Svenn, who was relatively well at the time, also visited my mother a lot. Sometimes he would bring his guitar and I would sing, just like we used to do when the family gathered together in the past. And then the idea struck me: why don’t Svenn and I record these songs together? We had been talking about recording music together for at least 25 years – without ever doing it – so why not do it now before it was too late? Svenn agreed, and he added a few of his personal favourites to the repertoire. The thought of making a CD didn’t really occur to us – simply recording the songs was the most important thing to us. Both Svenn and I have been working for the Faroese national radio in the past, so I went to them and asked for permission to use their studios. They kindly offered us free use of their studio for two nights.
Unfortunately, my mother didn’t live to hear these recordings – she died on 7 September, 2005. This made me realise even more how important it was to record these songs. Two weeks later, we went into the studios to record.
The first evening when I went to pick up Svenn, he was rehearsing with his band, Ad Libitum, a band with two mandolins, two guitars and a double bass. I went in to meet them. They were playing the song Nánd when I entered and I started singing with them spontaneously. We looked at each other and I think both parties agreed this was a good combination, so I asked them if they would like to join me and Svenn in the studio, hoping that something would come out of it – and it did: the following evening we had recorded eight songs, four of which with all the Ad Libitum members. The songs were recorded live and without any previous rehearsals, but afterwards we agreed that perhaps the recordings were still good enough to release on a CD.
However, eight songs are not enough for a full CD, so we decided to record seven other songs at a later date. I had to return to Denmark where I worked as a magazine editor, but I promised to come back to record the remaining songs. This was a time when Svenn travelled a lot to Denmark for treatment. He used to live with me there and we rehearsed the seven remaining songs. We decided that I should come back home to the Faroe Islands at Easter, 2006, to record these seven songs. Shortly before Easter, however, Svenn’s condition deteriorated fast. I went home but only a few days later, Svenn died.
I know how sad he was about not being able to complete this project. Two days before he died, I promised him to complete the CD together with Ad Libitum and he was very happy to hear that. We managed to keep our promise and I recorded the seven songs with the remaining Ad Libitum members in January, 2007. You’re holding the result in your hands right now.
I have chosen the title Yndisløg – Treasured Songs – because these are songs that I grew up with and which my family loved so much – especially my mother and Svenn. I hope these songs will become favourites for others too, so that they will support this release. If there will be any profits, the Faroese Cancer Association will receive a donation of every sold copy.
I would like to dedicate this CD to the memory of my mother, Maud Heinesen, and my mother’s brother, Svenn Brimheim. I love you.”
Album for Children Singer on the track Girafsangen
Collections of songs written by Jógvan Arge: V4-sangir
Singer on several tracks
Jógvan Telling: Eg minnist eina mynd
Duet with Jógvan Telling on the track Eg minnist eina mynd
Kaj og Karl Anton Klein: Plastnoist
One track + keyboard and backing choir
Anfinn & Co.: Lítli Fuglur
Backing choir MC 1987*
Jákup Marner Anthoniussen: Blátt
Duet with Jákup Marner on the track Til allar vinir + backing choir on other tracks
SEV-radio campaign: Nýt streym við skili
Audio clip 1993*
Compilation album for children: Kom nú lítli mín
One track: Hákunardrongurin
Malan Eyðunsdóttir: malan
Backing choir on several track
Hit Compilation Album Popp List 2
One track: Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð
Compilation Album with music by women: Kvinna
One track: Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð
Cover versions of Elin’s songs
Cover of the song Sjeikurinfrom the NALJA-album
Cover of Elin’s song Sjeikurin from the NALJA-album
New music to old lyrics by Elin Brimheim Heinesen: Eydnan from the NALJA-album
Furthermore Elin has participated in a lot of radio programs throughout the years as a singer.
*Uncertainty about the publishing year accuracy. This is an approximate guess.
A popular song
Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð
(In english: “A Chasm of Precious Time”)
This is the title of one of Elin’s most popular songs that has won international recognition.
There are two versions of the song – the original one from 1988 and a later edition from 2002 recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, which today is the most reknown.
You can listen to the original version here:
You can listen to the symphonic version here:
You can also watch Elin perform the song live here.
About the song
The song was one of the most popular songs from the album “Nalja” featuring Elin Heinesen and Kåre Linderoth Jacobsen. The album was released the first time as an MC in 1988 and re-released on CD in 1998 by the record company Tutl on the Faroe Islands. The music was recorded in Bløndal Studio in Copenhagen in 1988.
Elin Brimheim Heinesen wrote and arranged the track “Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð”. Her father, the Faroese author Jens Pauli Heinesen, wrote the lyrics in 1953 – only 21 years old – and unhappily in love.
The 10. and the 17. November 2002 a TV documentary in two parts was broadcasted for the first time in the Faroese national television. The documentary about the author and the man Jens Pauli Heinesen was made by Gulla Øregaard as a tribute to him on his 70 years birthday the 12. November 2002.
In the making of the documentary a new version of the song ‘Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð’ was produced. The Danish film composer Søren Hyldgaard made the arrangements for symphony orchestra and a mens choir. The music was recorded partly in Prague with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the conduction of Mario Klemens – and partly in Tórshavn with the Tórshavn Men’s Choir under the conduction of Bjarni Restorff and with Elin Brimheim Heinesen as a soloist.
This last version of the song has been released two times – the first time in 2003 on a Faroese compilation CD called Popp List 2, published by 3′arin (go to www.popplist.fo) and the second time on another Faroese compilation CD with Faroese female artists only, published as an introductory gift to people who subscribe to the Faroese womens magazine ‘Kvinna’. This CD was released the first time in November 2004 (go to www.kvinna.fo).
The song is also the soundtrack on the video “Where Nature Rules”. Read more down below.
Lyrics in 5 languages
EITT DÝPI AV DÝRARI TÍÐ
Orð: Jens Pauli Heinesen (1953)
Lag: Elin Brimheim Heinesen (1987)
So verður sagt av monnum
at lívið er markleys neyð
eitt dýpi av gráum døgum
og børn, ið biða um breyð
Kanska er lívið sorgarlag
kanska er lívið gott
og kanska eg ein skínandi dag
beri kenslu av myrkari nátt.
Í nátt er luftin so rein og klár
bládjúp og ísandi køld
foldin hvílir í hvítari tøgn
og norðlýsið reisir sær tjøld
Og vit mítt er fult av tonkum
á ferð út á víðan veg
at finna á miðleysu náttargongd
tann vísdóm, ið uggar meg.
Men ongan vísdóm eg finni
ið sigur tey sonnu orð
Sum bløðandi fuglar falla tey
aftur at hvítari for
Tó eg veit at dýrgripir finnast
og fjalast við gráan eim
tá gentur og dreingir spenna
sum folar í dans og gleim.
Tá barmur mín spentur av undran
av eydnu, av tungari trá
av iva og sorgarløgum
Eisini, eisini tá
veit eg at lívið er gáva
eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð
sum øll skulu valla ígjøgnum
rekast og villast inní.
Veit eg at lívið er gáva
eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð
sum øll skulu valla ígjøgnum
rekast og villast inní
ET DYB AF DYREBAR TID
Tekst af Jens Pauli Heinesen (1953) Musik af Elin Brimheim Heinesen (1987) Oversat af Elin Brimheim Heinesen (2005)
Der er mange mennesker, der mener
at livet er endeløs nød
en afgrund af triste dage
og børn, der tigger om brød
Måske er livet en sorgfuld sang
måske er livet godt
måske kan jeg en solskinsdag
fornemme den mørke nat.
I nat er luften så ren og klar
dybblå og isnende kold
hvid og tyst hviler jorden
og nordlyset folder sit skjold
mit sind er opfyldt af tanker
på rejse langt ud i det blå
i nat uden mål for at finde
og lindrende visdom nå.
Men der er ingen visdom at finde
der siger de sande ord
som blødende fugle falder de
ned på den snehvide jord
Dog ved jeg der findes skatte
gemt inde i askens røg
når piger og drenge danser
så kåde på livets vej.
Da fyldes mit hjerte af undren
af længsel og melankoli
af tvivl og af lykke og attrå
Også i det øjeblik
ved jeg, at vi fik foræret
et dyb af dyrebar tid
et liv vi skal vandre igennem
drive, forvildes ind i.
Også i det øjeblik
ved jeg, at vi fik foræret
et dyb af dyrebar tid
et liv vi skal vandre igennem
drive, forvildes ind i
A CHASM OF PRECIOUS TIME
Lyrics in Faroese: Jens Pauli Heinesen (1953) Music: Elin Brimheim Heinesen (1987)
Translation to English: Elin Brimheim Heinesen (2020)
So many people are saying
that life is eternal dread
a chasm of mournful moments
and children begging for bread
Life may well be a mournful song
Life may well be alright
And maybe I on a sunshiny day
remember a shadowy night
Tonight, the air is so pure and clear
deep blue and icy cold
Earth lies beneath a silent, white layer
and northern lights let their veils fold
my mind is so full of wondering
and travelling far in the blind
tonight, without heading or purpose trying
to heartening wisdom find
But there is no wisdom to gather
that brings out those trusty words
Like bleeding birds, they splatter right down
back on the snow-covered earth
But I know that treasures are buried
deep down in the ember’s gray
when girls and boys, unwearied
are dancing like foals in play
That is when my heart bursts with wonder
of yearn and deep melancholy
of doubt and of bliss and shudder
Also, those moments I see
see that this life is an offering
a chasm of precious time, you
were given to go through exploring
to drift and to stray deep into
Another translation to English
of Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð:
AN ABYSS OF PRECIOUS TIME
Lyrics in Faroese: Jens Pauli Heinesen (1953) Music: Elin Brimheim Heinesen (1987)
Translation to English: Olga Gorenskaya (2015)
So many people are claiming
that life is an ever distress
an abyss of grey days evading
where children are begging for bread
Maybe, some days life is a sad, dull song
Maybe, some days life looks bright
Though, sometimes, even on shiny days
I’ve thrilling touch of dark night.
Tonight the sky is so pure and clear
deep blue and icy cold,
the earth lies calm in its whiteness sheer
and the northern lights’ veils let enfold
Hence this night I am feeling so thoughtful
and wandering up there in blue
in trying to find through my dim aspiring
the wisdom that gives me a clue.
But no flashes seem dawn upon me
through which I could find those true words
They’re darting down upon white ground
like breathless slain blooded birds
Although I believe true gems exist
somewhere, in grey ash that glows
the moment in time, where girls and boys
are cheering in dance like foals.
At sight of it my chest gets tightened
with longing and flows of joy
and threaded with doubt so doleful
making its unique alloy
Know again and again – life’s an offering
an abyss of precious time in,
that’s granted to everyone wandering
to drift and get lost with in!
Know that your life is an offering
an abyss of precious time in
that’s granted to everyone wandering
to drift and get lost within
EINE TIEFE KOSTBARER ZEIT
Tekst: Jens Pauli Heinesen (1953) Musik: Elin Brimheim Heinesen (1987)
Übersetzung: Arne List (2009)
So viele Menschen betrachten
das Leben als endlose Not
eine Tiefe grauer Tage
und Kinder betteln um Brot
Vielleicht ist das Leben traurig
vielleicht ist das Leben gut
und vielleicht an einem strahlenden Tag
fühle ich die dunkelste Nacht.
In der Nacht ist die Luft so rein und klar
tiefblau und eisklirrend kalt
die Erde schläft in weißem Gewand
das Nordlicht errichtet sein Zelt
Mein Kopf ist voller Gedanken
hinaus in die weite Welt
zu finden auf ziellosem Wege dich
du Weisheit, du schließlicher Trost.
Keine der Weisheiten kann mir
die Wahrheit erklären
Wie blutende Vögel fallen sie
zurück auf den schneeweißen Grund
Doch ich weiß die Schätze sind da
verborgen von aschgrauem Staub
wenn Mädchen und Jungen traben
wie Fohlen in Tanz und Spaß.
Meine Brust spannt sich mit Wundern
von Glück und von Begehren
von Zweifeln und schmerzenden Wunden
Aber auch, aber auch dann
Weiß ich das Leben zu schätzen
als Tiefe der kostbaren Zeit
die wir alle durchwandern
getrieben und in ihr verirrt.
Weiß ich das Leben zu schätzen
als Tiefe der kostbaren Zeit
die wir alle durchwandern
getrieben und in ihr verirrt
Oly sokan mondják
Hogy az élet csupa szenvedés
Szürke napok tátongó mélysége
És kenyérért kolduló gyermekek sora
Az élet talán gyászének
Az élet talán jó
És talán egy verőfényes napon is
Érzem az éj sötétjét
Ma éjjel oly tiszta és derült az ég
Mélykék és jéghideg
A föld fehér csendben pihen
És az északi fény sátrat ver
És a fejem gondolatokkal tele
Melyek céltalan, estéli vándorlásukon
Széles e világban keresik ama bölcsességet
Mely vigaszt nyújt nekem
De nem lelek oly bölcsességet
Mely ezen igaz szavakon szólna
Mint vérző madarak, úgy hullanak
Vissza a fehér földre
Mégis tudom, hogy szürke hamvak közt
Rejtőznek kincsek is
Mikor leányok és fiúk, mint csikók
Járnak örvendve táncot
Mikor mellkasomat az ámulat
Öröm, s mélyről jövő vágyakozás
Kétség, s szomorú dallamok feszítik
Akkor is, még akkor is
Tudom, hogy az élet ajándék
Drága idő tátongó mélysége
Melyen mindannyian átkelünk
S melyben sodródunk, s időnként elveszünk
Tudom, hogy az élet ajándék
Drága idő tátongó mélysége
Melyen mindannyian átkelünk
S melyben sodródunk, s időnként elveszünk
A popular video
The song was also used in a video presentation about the Faroe Islands called “Where Nature Rules”, that Elin made in 2008, after the magazine National Geographic Traveler in November 2007 rated the Faroe Islands as best islands in the world. The little film shows landscapes from the Faroe Islands and advertises for the Faroes as a travel destination. Pictures and music are shown with quotes from traveler descriptions of the Faroes.
The 12. of March 2009 the video got awarded with 3. prize at the international tourism film award ceremony “Golden City Gate” at the ITB Tourist Fair in Berlin – one of the largest of its kind in the world. (Read more here: www.das-goldene-stadttor.de).
“It was really a surprise to me that the video won an award. Actually it was a draft I made as a presentation for a meeting we had at my work place where we were supposed to discuss various ways of marketing the Faroes. This was my suggestion that I made at home after work hours with an amateur film editing program Windows Movie Maker. I put the video on YouTube and Facebook to get some feedback – so that I could learn from the comments. After a while I realised that people liked the video so much that they were sending the link to each other and to their friends and acquaintances all over the world.
After a couple of months more than twelve thousand people had seen the video on YouTube and probably just as many on Facebook (unfortunately Facebook does not count the viewers). A month before the Tourist Fair ITB in Berlin (which by the way is one of the biggest in the world with up to 200.000 visitors) where the Tourism Film Award Ceremony “Golden City Gate Awards” takes place, my staff suggested that I should send the video to the film competition, but I said no – because it was a FILM competition and my video is just a row of stills (as I said, just a sketch really). But they sent it in anyway without me knowing it, so I was really taken by surprise when they called me and told me that it had won the 3rd prize!”
In Feb 2010 the number of downloads exceeded more than a hundred thousand on YouTube and Facebook – and 5 years after the release more than 200.000 people had watched the video on YouTube. The reason that the video has become so popular so fast might probably, on the one hand, be the amazing pictures and on the other hand also the music. The song “Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð” (translated to English: A Chasm of Precious Time) was already very popular on the Faroes a long time before the video was made. Elin Brimheim Heinesen made the music and the lyrics were written by her father, the Faroese author Jens Pauli Heinesen, who is his generations greatest and most appreciated authors on the Faroes.
You can read the whole story about the music and the lyrics and also read the lyrics in four languages – Faroese, and translated to Danish, English and German – and listen to the music in two versions – the original and the symphonic one – for free! – here on this page: A Popular Song
Eivør performs the song with Føroya Symfoniorkestur
In January 2013 Føroya Symfoniorkestur (Faroe Islands Philharmonics) performed the song “Eitt dýpi av dýrari tíð” with famous Faroese singer, Eivør, at their annual New Years Eve Concert. The performance was a tribute to the late author, Jens Pauli Heinesen, who had just had his 80th birthday in november 2012.
Watch their performance here:
A live acoustic version of the song, performed by Elin Brimheim Heinesen herself:
Elin Brimheim Heinesen was born 25. June in 1958 in Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands. In 1990 she gave birth to a daughter.
She went to Denmark to study in her mid twenties and stayed in the country for 25 years, most of the time living and working in Copenhagen, until she moved back to the Faroes in 2007 where she lives today.
Elin has wide-ranging experience in the fields of internet, marketing, media and culture and has worked in communication and marketing for many years as head of media and marketing, journalist and editor in chief in on-line and printed media.
In 2007 she went to the Faroe Islands to take the job as the Managing Director of SamVit – Faroe Islands Enterprise, the Faroese Trade and Tourism Council, which now has been merged with the Faroese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The last 5 years before she moved to the Faroe Islands, she was the Managing Editor of KIWI magazine, a Danish women’s and consumer’s magazine, which she also helped launch. Elin was also the Marketing Coordinator of Copenhagen City of Culture 1996. 1. September 2009 she became Head of the Media and Development Department at Kringvarp Føroya – the Faroe Islands National Broadcasting Company.
In May 2012 she left Kringvarp Føroya to become an independent copywriter, journalist, editor and communication adviser. She now runs the online music magazine MUSIC.fo and works as a freelance journalist at planet.fo. More details here.
Elin holds a university degree (cand.mag.) in aesthetics and culture and also has an education in business economics from Copenhagen Business School as well as being an educated screenwriter from Den Danske Filmskole (the Danish Film School). More details here.
Elin also has a background as a singer and songwriter. More details here.
April 2018 – ? Manager of the Audio Books Department at the National Library of the Faroe Islands.
April 2015 – March 2018 Manager of the Information and Student Services Centre at the University of the Faroe Islands.
May 2012 – March 2015 Independent Copywriter, Editor and Communications Adviser at Heinesen.info. Editor-in-chief and journalist at MUSIC.fo. Journalist at Planet.fo. Editing. Copywriting. Translation (Fo/Dk/En). Web Management and Content Management. Advising small businesses in Communication and Marketing Strategies.
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September 2009 – May 2012 Media- and Development Manager at Kringvarp Føroya, the National Broadcasting Company of the Faroe Islands. Project leader of a team responsible for preparing and launching the company’s new, much improved news website (www.kringvarp.fo). The site has many different functions and is updated several times a day. It also serves as a public archive for all aired radio and tv programs, produced by the company itself. In charge of the radio and tv archives (the physical part of them) and for the staff scheduling and transmitting TV shows. Responsible for the release of several successful music CD’s also, with older music from the Kringvarp archives or new music made for the purpose in collaboration between Kringvarp and external partners.
May 2007 – August 2009 Managing Director at SamVit – Faroe Islands Enterprise – a public organisation, now merged with the Foreign Ministry in the Faroe Islands. The organisation encompassed the former Faroe Islands Tourist Board and the Faroe Islands Trade Council. The two organisations officially merged at year-end 2006. SamVit – Faroe Islands Enterprise was to carry out the chosen national policy regarding trade and industry. The main functions were: To encourage innovation and enterprise. To advance and develop Faroese trade and industry. To market Faroese products and services as well as the Faroe Islands themselves as business and investment opportunity. To advance and develop tourism in the Faroes and market the Faroe Islands as a tourist destination. In cooperation with other organisations and institutions an aim was to coordinate procedures relating to administration which can benefit all the individual companies. View www.samvit.fo and www.visitfaroeislands.com
July 2003 – April 2007: Managing Editor at KIWI magazine, a glossy women’s consumer magazine, published by Chili Group. Involved in the start-up process, including concept development. KIWI magazine has a circulation of 200.000 with more than 400.000 readers. It includes practical advice, aimed at making the reader’s hectic life easier – primarily about saving time and money. The main target group is women aged 25-50. Chili Group has a contract with the Danish supermarket chain Netto regarding exclusive free distribution of the magazine throughout Denmark. View www.kiwimagazine.dk (now www.magasinetlime.dk) and www.chiligroup.dk. KIWI magazine changed name in March 2010 to LIME magazine since the Norwegian supermarket chain Kiwi opened their first stores in Denmark.
December 2002 – April 2003:
A contract position as Project Leader/Coordinator for the Faroese Telecom. Responsibilities included preparing a report about the possibilities for establishing a new commercially-based TV channel to compete with the Faroese national channel.
October 2002 – December 2002: Moved to her native Faroe Islands for a short period, mainly to produce a TV-film in two episodes about her father, the Faroese author Jens Pauli Heinesen. Responsible for the music and the editing of the film. The music can be heard here.
November 2001 – October 2002: Managing Editor at the Danish Committee for Health Education, a public service which publishes health-related books and magazines, including UNG, a quarterly magazine distributed to all 13-16 year-old school pupils in Denmark. View www.sundhedsoplysning.dk, www.ung-bladet.dk og www.ung-rejseguide.dk.
February 2000 – October 2001: Managing Editor and founder of www.kvindekanalen.dk (link to PDF-file!) – World Online’s (now Tiscali’s) online magazine for women with content such as shopping, letters, body & soul, lifestyle & culture, career and IT. Responsibilities included vision, concept development and strategy, as well as maintenance. The staff consisted of an editorial assistant and 40 freelancers. Although the site was the fifth-largest women’s site in Denmark, it was shut down in August 2001 due to financial problems caused by the world wide IT crisis at the time.
July 1997 – April 2007: Founder and Director of own company (initially to finance studies at the National Film School of Denmark), Heinesen Kommunikation. The company provided consultancy services, specialising in media communications. When she became Managing Director of SamVit in 2007, she had to close down the company due to her official position.
1995-1996: Marketing Coordinator for Kulturby 96 (Copenhagen – Cultural Capital of Europe 1996). Elin developed the advertising strategy and edited promotional texts and layout for various advertising areas. In addition, she was an advisor for almost 600 cultural projects in the city, providing advice about marketing strategies and advertising, as well as distribution of flyers, signs, banners and flags to various cultural institutions.
1994-1995: Sales and Marketing Manager at Folketeateret – The People’s Theatre in Copenhagen. She was responsible for planning and controlling the theatre’s marketing plans. She designed and sent out sales letters, designed packages for customers and visitors, edited advertising copy, designed the theatre’s programmes, posters and postcards, as well as organising merchandising, adverts and sponsors.
1992-1993: Marketing Manager at SMS in Tórshavn – a shopping centre which houses 26 shops, including a large supermarket, post office, bank and cafeteria, and employs 300 people. Elin was responsible for producing weekly five-minute TV broadcasts for national TV, which included reports and adverts. She was also responsible for selling advertising space to the shops and organising weekly events in the centre – cultural, commercial and entertainment.
Jobs before and during college and university studies
Technological Assistant at the Teknovision exhibition in Copenhagen (summer, 1992) Office Assistant at the Faroese Academy (summer holidays, 1989-91) Market Researcher, Copenhagen (student job, 1988) Marketing Assistant at EC-Marketing, Copenhagen (student job, 1987-88) Sandwich Maid (student job, 1987) Canteen Assistant at the Faroese House in Copenhagen (student job, 1986-87) Book Shop Clerk, Tórshavn (summer, 1986) Office Assistant at the Faroese Academy (summer holidays, 1983-85) Supply Teacher at a college in Tórshavn (full-time job, 1981-82) Care Worker at a recreation centre for physically and mentally disabled, Tórshavn (summer job, 1979-1981) Journalist on the newspaper 14 September and a Faroese cultural magazine Magn (full-time job, 1978-79) Radio Assistant and Record Archivist, Tórshavn (full-time job, 1978) Supply Teacher at a primary school (full-time job, 1977-78) Ticket Office Assistant at Torshavn’s Jazzklub (weekend job, 1976-82) Attendant at the Faroese National Art Gallery (student job, 1974-76)
Line of work
Culture & Media .
Journalist, editor and managing editor .
Webmaster and web editor
Marketing manager and co-ordinator
..- including managing experience
Den Danske Filmskole – The National Film School of Denmark, Copenhagen
NB! Translations of the references to English are available on request.
Interests and freelance work
Elin is passionate about the internet and keeps herself constantly up-to-date with online trends.
Elin is the webmaster and web editor for the website MUSIC.fo - an online music magazine for everyone interested in current information about music from the Faroe Islands – a work she does on a voluntary basis in her spare time. The site contains an abundance of videos, photos, articles, podcasts and other information – all about Faroese music.
Elin has had various journalistic research assignments on a freelance basis.
She has written numerous features and reviews for Danish and Faroese newspapers.
She sometimes writes art, music, film and theatre reviews.
She was webmaster and web editor for the website www.faroeislandsreview.com for some years – a web magazine about the Faroe Islands in general – and earlier she was the creator and editor of www.fo-dk.dk – a website about the relationship between the Faroe Islands and Denmark first published in April, 2000. This voluntary work stopped due to other commitments.
She has worked on various projects involving advertising campaigns and market research. This has resulted in various publications, mainly about marketing consultancy.
Music and theatre
Since 1964 Elin has been active as a music composer and singer. She released the album Nalja on MC in 1988, and on CD in 1998, together with Kári Jacobsen. In 2010 she released an album again with her own interpretations of some of her mothers and uncle’s most treasured songs. They both died of cancer in 2005 and 2006, and this album is Elin’s tribute to them. Read about Elin’s musical career and hear some of her songs and specifically about the latest album “Yndisløg” (Treasured Songs).
Elin has been active in local theatre life, as a performer and organiser, at Tórshavns Jazz Society since its foundation in 1975. She was one of the founders and a board member of the society in the first years.
Elin has arranged concerts and was a co-founder of music- and composer societies in Torshavn.
She has performed in musical theatre pieces such as Seymistovan at the Tórshavn Theatre (1978) and The Lost Musicians, a play based on the novel by William Heinesen, at the Nordic House in Tórshavn (1993).
Radio, tv and film
Elin toured the Faroe Islands as a revue singer for three years (1975-1978). These performances were part of the weekly Saturday night entertainment show on the Faroese radio.
She has made music videos and music programmes on a freelance basis for Faroese TV and radio since 1975.
She has produced various radio programmes since 1975, including a series of nine programmes about the history of jazz and a six-part radio play for children. She produced and played in various radio plays, produced children’s shows, recited several children’s books and sung several children’s songs in the radio.
Eftir Elin Heinesen Sjónarringurin má gerast breiðari, um Føroyar skulu klára seg á alheims marknaðinum í framtíðini. Visjón 2015 hevur sett ferð á eitt alneyðugt kjak um, hvussu føroyingar skulu síggja seg sjálvar í einum størri perspektivi. Men enn halda nógv fast í avoldaðum ideologiskum ímyndum og brúka – av gomlum vana – mestu orkuna […]
Eftir Elin Heinesen, stjóra í SamViti Politiska kreppan, vit uppliva í løtuni, er eitt av eyðkennunum fyri búskaparrembingarnar og hugburðsbroytingarnar, sum føroyska samfelagið fer ígjøgnum í hesum tíðum. Umskifti henda altíð við gníggingum millum gamalt og nýtt. Vit eru mitt í einum ættarliðsskifti – og tað gongur ikki altíð fyri seg við mýkindum. Men uppgerðin […]