TRINE OPSAHL – ABOUT THE ARTIST
"Sound and music is a gateway to our true selves and resonates deep in our souls. In the purest tone is the sound of eternity." – Trine Opsahl
Trine Opsahl’s transcendent sound draws on Nordic musical traditions, yet has an effortless spiritual inspiration. She acquired her first Celtic harp in 1996 and began composing music from the first moment her fingers gently stroked the strings. Opsahl has established herself over the years as a renowned New Age Celtic harp player and composer in Europe with three inspiring albums, which were newly released in the United States.” When life brought many challenges to my doorstep, playing Celtic harp became an ever-expanding opportunity for my personal development. I intuitively knew that I had embarked on my true purpose in life,” she says. As a professional composer, performer and harp therapist, Trine lives to abundantly share and express her music within her community and with the world.
Trine was born in 1965 in Norway and moved to Denmark at the age of six. In early childhood, her musical talents emerged when she began to play the accordion. Music became her passion throughout her adolescence and she won a number of national and international prizes playing the accordion. Upon graduating from law school, becoming an attorney for the Justice department and welcoming two beautiful children, Trine faced a series of life changing events. This led her to explore and practice healing arts such as meditation, breath work and personal development. She was deeply inspired by reading the works of music thanatologist, Therese Schroeder Sheker who worked as such at St Patrick's Hospital in Missoula, Montana. Sheker’s combined practice of playing music as and end of life vigil and bringing peace and glimpses of eternity to people struck a chord for Trine.
As a result, Opsahl abandoned her career as an attorney and made a conscious decision to follow her heart’s true desire. This destined turning point in her life united full circle, when she relived a childhood dream of playing the harp. Upon acquiring her first Celtic harp Trine began effortlessly composing her own music. She conveys, “Creating and playing our own music is like a prayer. The music creates a sacred space that brings us closer to who we are and to each other.”
Opsahl performs in concerts, plays at weddings, festivals, funerals and local church services and also enjoys teaching Celtic harp. Her most beloved work is spent playing at the bedside of hospice patients to facilitate peaceful transitions. Therefore, she wholeheartedly dedicates part time work to two different Hospices in the Copenhagen area. Trine believes, “Music has a unique ability to bring silence and rest to a busy mind and to those who suffer from illness and distress.” She studied to become a Therapeutic Musician practicing under the IHTP (The International Harp Therapy Program). The IHTP is approved by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Opsahl explains that, “The harp, with its soothing timbre and spiritual associations, has been revered as a healing instrument by many cultures for thousands of years. When therapeutic harp music is played, recipients may receive beneficial effects such as increased relaxation, improvement in sleep, decreased pain and anxiety, stabilization of vital signs, and improvement in mood. An end-of-life music vigil can also help a patient to achieve a peaceful transition.”
Trine actively promotes the idea of harp therapy in palliative care and music therapy within Denmark’s health care system, while playing to patients in hospitals, hospices and rest homes. She works consciously with the art of breathing while creating her sound, which reflects the organic and peaceful intonation of her music. The celestial sound of her Celtic harp bestows a sense of calm and serenity upon the body, mind and spirit of the listener. “While playing the Celtic harp, I travel through a place of immense beauty and silence. My music is an invitation to experience a blissful journey through eternity,” she says.
All three of Opsahl’s albums are available as CD’s as well as digital downloads in the United States and Europe: ”The Journey and the Dream" which was released in Europe in 2005 and "Leaving my Silent Empty House" (2008), featuring a collaboration with her beloved daughter, cello player Josefine Opsahl. "Leaving my Silent Empty House" was also released as a special edition for HRH Prince Henrik in 2010, celebrating his 75th anniversary. Her latest album “Somewhere in a Hidden Memory” was recorded in 2012 at Nasima Music in Copenhagen and produced by Samir Cuhtait. Trine’s music has been featured in European television commercials and is excellent for synchronization with visual images. The unique fusion of Healing New Age and Celtic music truly embodies blissful melodies of joy, peace and harmony. Tranquil, yet playful and imaginative, the euphoric sound that Opsahl creates, open the imagination to an ethereal playground.
For more information see Trine Opsahl’s website at www.heartrecords.dk