Kari Tauring is a Minneapolis based Nordic folk musician, dancer, and storyteller. A volva in Old Norse, she “carries the staff” of spiritual tradition within the folkway of her Nordic ancestry through performance, education, and authorship. She grew up in a Norwegian family in Minnesota with summers spent with extended family in Wisconsin. Kari combines deep scholarship and personal practice to create new interpretations of what it means to be Nordic. Called “innovative folk” music, Tauring gives modern relevance to the ancient poems and songs that inspire her.
Volva Stav is her original work aligning the body and its processes with the world tree and its many inhabitants, the use of staff rhythm for journey and rune expression, and the dovetailing of rune postures within Nordic movement is unique, profound, and well received around the world.
She began studying Runes and ancient texts about them in 1989. Putting rune postures to traditional Scandinavian folk dances sparked her programs in Nordic Roots Dance in 2010.