Kristian Leth composes music for Danish drama series

The writers and producers behind BAFTA winner ‘Borgen’ – the massively successful TV series from Danish National Broadcasting, currently being remade by HBO – have begun production on a new series. Its’ Danish title is ‘Herrens Veje’ and it is an epic grand family drama centered around a family of priests.

Kristian Leth will compose the music and the entire soundtrack for all 20 episodes with his long time collaborator Fridolin Nordsø.

4 weeks #1 on the Bestseller List

After an intense launch with TV appearances, newspaper interviews and radio by the authors ‘Historien om det hele’ (written together with evolutionary biologist Eske Willerslev) spent a month as #1 on the Danish Bestseller List.

The book sparked a debate about the validity of the scientific method as a model to live by. The premise of the book is that science is our foremost tool to decipher causality in nature and the material universe, but at the same time the world is so much more than that. And most scientist would acknowledge that science sheds light on a very limited field of existence. Eske Willerslev argues in the book that it is actually unscientific to jump from that standpoint to the conclusion that science somehow rules out or even argues against spiritual or religious models. Kristian Leth describes how our framework for understanding the world today is culturally defined, limited and very much just that: A framework. He also tries to go beyond the language of that framework, to approach a new language: Where we can both be modern, rational and enlightened – and at the same time talk informedly about subjects that are both real and unreal, unprovable and magical.

New podcast series ‘Musikkens Historier’ debuts at #1

Written, recorded and edited by Kristian Leth, the new podcast series ‘Musikkens Historier’ (‘Music Stories’) was launched last week by Danish media house Politiken. The series went straight to the #1 spot on iTunes, with a half hour show decoding the myriad influences on Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s hit ‘Uptown Funk’.

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‘Historien om det hele’ is published March 17th

The book written by Kristian Leth and world-renowned evolutionary biologist Eske Willerslev called ‘Historien om det hele – Fortællinger om magi og videnskab’ (‘The Story of Everything – Tales of Magic and Science’) is out March 17th from Danish publisher People’s Press.

The book is based on years of discussions between writer, artist and thinker Leth and top scientist Willerslev – dealing with the experience of the supernatural, the history of ideas, animism as a valid world view and the limits of science.

None of them claim to have all the answers, but together they argue for a coherent, more open world view, where faith and rationalism do not exclude each other.