2017 was an incredible year in terms of musical experiences and traveling. 2018 includes a healthy mix of solo, duo, trio & chamber recitals, staged performances and orchestral oratorios & passions. Preparations and recordings for BIS Records include a solo album with music by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (Sept 18) and music by Dowland & Danyel w Ruby Hughes & Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann (Feb 19). Very much more to come. Get in touch and see you on and off stages everywhere.
21st DUO RECITAL Music by Marais, Muhly, Schenck & Kapsberger. Liam Byrne, viola da gambaHouse Concert, Berlin
29th CHAMBER OPERA Ingjutet i mitt hjärta, music by Bembo, de la Guerre & M. Peterson. OperabyrånThe Culture House Flen, Sweden
1st CHAMBER OPERA Ingjutet i mitt hjärta, music by Bembo, de la Guerre & M. Peterson. Operabyrån Konserthuset Stockholm
25th DUO RECITAL Music by Vivaldi, Geminiani, Kapsberger & Bach. Johannes Rostamo, baroque cello Reimersholme, Stockholm
8th CHAMBER ‘Mystikens systrar’ music by Kassia, von Bingen, Assandra, Peruchona, Badalla et al. Operabyrån Kungsör kyrka, Sweden
10th ORCHESTRAL JS Bach St. John’s Passion. Le Chardon Orchestra Münster, Germany
11th ORCHESTRAL JS Bach St. John’s Passion. Le Chardon Orchestra Münster, Germany
17th ORCHESTRAL St Mark’s Passion by Reinhard Keiser. Le Chardon Orchestra Nordhorn, Germany.
18th ORCHESTRAL St Mark’s Passion by Reinhard Keiser. Le Chardon Orchestra Verdener Dom, Germany.
22nd ORCHESTRAL Membra Jesu Nostri by Dietrich Buxtehude Eugenia Church, Stockholm.
25th ORCHESTRAL JS Bach St John’s Passion Essinge Church, Stockholm.
16th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Confidencen, Stockholm
17th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Confidencen, Stockholm
18th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Confidencen, Stockholm
19th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Confidencen, Stockholm
20th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Confidencen, Stockholm
29th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Confidencen, Stockholm
4th CHAMBER ‘From Venice to Versailles’. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo 55 Oriental Arts Centre, Shanghai, China
6th CHAMBER ‘From Venice to Versailles’. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo 55 Forbidden City Hall, Beijing, China
9th CHAMBER ‘From Venice to Versailles’. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo 55 Sichuan Conservatory Concert Hall, Chengdu, China
11th CHAMBER ‘From Venice to Versailles’. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo 55 Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong
15th CHAMBER ‘From Venice to Versailles’. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo 55 Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan
2nd CHAMBER Händel Duello Amoroso. Nathalie Stutzmann/Camilla Tilling & Orfeo 55 Händel-Festspiele, Halle, Germany
4th CHAMBER Händel Duello Amoroso. Nathalie Stutzmann/Camilla Tilling & Orfeo 55 Opéra Comédie, Montpellier, France
10th CHAMBER Quella Fiamma – Arie antiche. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo 55 Festival de Froville, Froville, France
20th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Säfstaholm, Vingåker, Sweden
28th SOLO RECITAL Music by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger Ochsenfurter Gitarrentage, Germany
1st CHAMBER Vivaldissimo, music by Antonio Vivaldi. Camerata Oresund West Cork Chamber music festival, Ireland
2nd DUO RECITAL ‘Heroines of Love and Loss’. Ruby Hughes, soprano West Cork Chamber music festival, Ireland
5th CHAMBER ‘Devotion, Passion & Madness’, music by G.F Händel. Camerata Oresund. West Cork Chamber music festival, Ireland
7th CHAMBER OPERA ‘Valerie’s Voice’ by Christopher Elgh. Paulina Pfeiffer & Electric guitar quartet KROCK Halland Opera & Vocal festival, Halland, Sweden
13th TRIO RECITAL ‘Heroines of love and loss’. Ruby Hughes, soprano & Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello Kivik, Sweden
21st TRIO RECITAL WORLD PREMIERE new piece by Daniel Saleeb. Iestyn Davies, countertenor & Liam Byrne, viola da gamba Wiltshire, UK
1st TRIO RECITAL Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano & Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello Sundsvall Chamber Music festival, Sundsvall, Sweden
4th TRIO RECITAL ‘Heroines of Love and Loss’. Ruby Hughes, soprano & Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello Husebymusiken, Huseby Bruk, Sweden
15th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Lagersberg, Eskilstuna, Sweden
18th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Gripsholm, Mariewfred, Sweden
2nd-6th RECORDING Music by G.G Kapsberger for BIS Records Länna Church, Sweden
11th DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Vizzana, Sessa, Caccini & Kapsberger. Ruby Hughes, sopranoFalun Chamber music society, Sweden
16th CHAMBER ‘Heroines of Love and Loss’. Ruby Hughes, soprano & Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello Confidencen, Stockholm, Sweden
21st TRIO RECITAL ‘Cello Rising’. Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello & Björn Gäfvert, harpsichord Odense Baroque Festival, Odense, Denmark
25th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
26th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
27th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
28th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
1st PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
2nd PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
3rd PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
4th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
15th CHAMBER Music by Claudio Monteverdi & Sigismondo d’India YST Conservatory, Singapore
16th LECTURE RECITAL Bringing Italian Monody to Life in Giulio Caccini’s Le Nuove Musiche YST Conservatory, Singapore
17th CHAMBER Giulio Caccini and Friends YST Conservatory, Singapore
20th CHAMBER Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Malmköping, Sweden
24th TRIO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Bembo, Caccini & de la Guerre. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano & Catalina Langborn, violin Eskilstuna, Sweden
25th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
26th PERFORMANCE ‘The Songbird’ a fantasy based on F. Caccini’s life. Operabyrån Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
14th ORCHESTRAL Vivaldi recorder concertos. Kristine West, recorder & Gävle Symphony Orchestra Gävle, Sweden
15th ORCHESTRAL Vivaldi recorder concertos. Kristine West, recorder & Gävle Symphony Orchestra Edsbyn, Sweden
16th ORCHESTRAL Vivaldi recorder concertos. Kristine West, recorder & Gävle Symphony Orchestra Ljusdal, Sweden
17th ORCHESTRAL Vivaldi recorder concertos. Kristine West, recorder & Gävle Symphony Orchestra Söderhamn, Sweden
20th DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
21st DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
22nd DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
23rd DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
25th VOCAL Music by Monteverdi & Kapsberger. Florian Benfer, conductor & Gustaf Sjökvists kammarkör Riddarhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
28th SOLO RECITAL Music by Kapsberger & de Visée Koncertkirken, Copenhagen, Denmark
1st CHAMBER Confidencen Christmas concert. Music by Händel & Kapsberger. Olof Boman, conductor Confidencen, Stockholm, Sweden
4th DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
5th DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
6th DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
7th DUO RECITAL Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi, Caccini & Kapsberger. Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Scenkonst Sörmland Tour, Sweden
11th ORCHESTRAL Bach à voix basses. Nathalie Stutzmann, Leon Kosavic & Orfeo55 Le Corum, Montpellier, France
15th ORCHESTRAL Bach à voix basses. Nathalie Stutzmann, Leon Kosavic & Orfeo55 Église Notre-Dame, Douai, France
31st CHAMBER Confessions. Teitur/Nico Muhly/Aurora chamber orchestra King’s Place, London
4th ORCHESTRAL Bach à voix basses. Nathalie Stutzmann, Leon Kosavic & Orfeo55 Gstaad New Year Music Festival, Switzerland
16th CHAMBER ‘Heroines of Love and Loss’. Ruby Hughes, soprano & Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello Arts & Lettres Festival, Switzerland
19th ORCHESTRAL Contraltos. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo55 Opéra Comédie, Montpellier, France
20th ORCHESTRAL Contraltos. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo55 Oddysud, Toulouse, France
23rd ORCHESTRAL Contraltos. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo55 Philharmonie, Paris, France
26th ORCHESTRAL Contraltos. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo55 Arsenal, Metz, France
27th-Feb 2nd RECORDING Contraltos. Nathalie Stutzmann & Orfeo55 Montpellier, France
Jonas Nordberg is a musical performer mastering a wide range of plucked instruments from the 16th to 19th centuries. A graduate of the Mozarteum University Salzburg (MA Summa cum Laude 2011), he has an active schedule worldwide performing solo concerts, chamber music, staged performances and large ensemble work.
Together with soprano Ruby Hughes he performs all lute song repertoire. With viol player Liam Byrne he explores the music of Marin Marais and other French composers mixed with contemporary music for theorbo/viol & electronics. With electric guitar trio KROCK he lunges into contemporary music and staged performances.
He has an extensive collaboration with choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström, resulting in six large scale stage works in recent years. The meeting between baroque music and contemporary dance gives the music a new dimension, a visual chamber music partner for the solo pieces and a way to communicate through physical gestures and impulses. In 2013 Nordberg and Kvarnström teamed up for a critically acclaimed duet, sofa(r), combining elements of dance, baroque music for lute and theorbo, electronic music and speech in a dark work exploring death. This also marked his debut as a dancer.
In 2015 his solo debut album for Eudora Records, ‘Music by de Visée, Weiss & Dufaut’ was released. In 2017 ‘Heroines of love and loss’ was released on BIS Records featuring music by female composers and fictive heroines together with Ruby Hughes, soprano and Mime Yamahiro-Brinkmann, baroque cello, receiving a Diapason d’Or award. He has also recorded three albums for BIS Records with recorder player Dan Laurin, covering the flute sonatas by Johan Helmich Roman and recorder concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. From 2018 he records solo work exclusively for BIS Records. He is also regularly seen and heard on Swedish state television (SVT), BBC Radio, Sveriges Radio, Deutschlandfunk and on radio stations worldwide.
As a continuo player Nordberg has performed with Concerto Köln, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Copenhagen, Orfeo 55, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Rebaroque, Camerata Øresund, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Ensemble 1B1, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra & Gävle Symphony Orchestra amongst several other period instrument chamber groups.
Venues and festivals the past seasons include Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, Greenwich Early Music Festival, Stockholm Early Music Festival, BAM New York, National Sawdust NYC, Kioi Hall Tokyo, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Concertgebouw Brügge, Theater Bonn Opernhaus, Grand Théatre Luxembourg, Mozarteum Salzburg, Malmö Opera, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm, Helsinki City Theatre, Salzburger Landestheater, Herculessaal München Palladium Malmö, Gothenburg Concert Hall, Stockholm Concert Hall, Stavanger Concert Hall, Movimentos festwochen Wolfsburg and Norrlandsoperan amongst several other concert halls and churches around the world.
He also works extensively with Swedish chamber ensemble Operabyrån, co-creating chamber operas and semi-staged performances featuring forgotten female composers. 2018-2020 the ensemble is artist in residence at Konserthuset Stockholm.
The women appearing before our ears throughout this programme range from the Virgin Mary and Dido, queen of Carthage, to Shakespeare’s Desdemona and the unfortunate Anne Boleyn, waiting for her execution in the Tower of London in 1536. But the disc also features four other heroines – the Italian composers Claudia Sessa, Francesca Caccini, Lucrezia Vizzana and Barbara Strozzi. All active between 1590 – 1675, they will have required great courage to rise above the social conventions of the time, but this surprisingly productive period for female composers also offered an opportunity that would disappear in later centuries: the all-female environment provided by the convent. More than half of the women who published music before 1700 were nuns, including Sessa and Vizzana, who are here represented by brief meditations on the suffering and death of Christ. Caccini and Strozzi, on the other hand, lived very much in the secular world – Caccini at the Florentine court and Strozzi as a free-lance musician and composer in Venice. Unhindered by the restrictions imposed by the church on sacred music they both adhered to the new stile moderno championed by Claudio Monteverdi. Celebrated for their singing, they composed vocal music which makes ‘the words the mistress of the harmony and not the servant’, to quote Monteverdi’s brother Giulio Cesare. The soprano Ruby Hughes has already made her name for herself in a wide-ranging repertoire, but has a special love for the constellation of lute, cello and voice. With Jonas Nordberg and Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann – who also contribute instrumental solos – she here revels in the dramatic and expressive potential offered by the combination, and by the music by these female composers and their English colleagues Henry Purcell and John Bennet.
For his début solo recording, Swedish lutenist Jonas Nordberg presents a delightful selection of works for Baroque lute and theorbo; the grandeur and elevated spirit of the French Baroque music of Dufaut and de Visée alternate with the refinement and extraordinary originality of the works of Silvius Leopold Weiss, who was regarded as the finest lutenist of his time. Jonas Nordberg, who has recorded three albums for BIS with recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin, gives personal and intense performances of these pieces, recorded in the gorgeous acoustic of the 13th Century Spanish church of San Francisco, in Ávila.
In Stockholm during Johan Helmich Roman’s lifetime, the recorder was the most common wind instrument, used throughout the social spectrum including the Royal music establishment for which the composer was responsible. The transverse flute, on the other hand, was generally the preserve of the upper classes the nobility and bourgeosie. Possibly this higher status contributed to Roman’s choice of instrument for the set of XII Sonate a flauto traverso, violone e cembalo that he presented to Queen Ulrika Eleonora the Younger on her birthday in 1727. But that hasn’t stopped the celebrated recorder player Dan Laurin to take up his countrymans sonatas on his own instrument. In a text included in the CD booklet, Laurin explains his fascination with Roman’s music: ‘complex emotional contexts are contrasted with folk music forms such as the villanella or piva the music is asymmetrical, irregular and full of unexpected twists, sudden pauses and cadences.’ In it, Laurin hears the influence of the Italian musicians that Roman met in London during his stay there 1715-1721. Especially striking he finds Roman’s affinity with the music of Naples a music that challenged the stylistic ideals of the baroque. With his fellow musicians in Paradiso Musicale, Laurin therefore opts for an Italianate slant different continuo settings, ranging from harpsichord alone to the full complement including baroque guitar, provide great variety in realizations characterized by bold and striking harmonizations.
With its ample playing time, the present disc completes Laurin’s survey of the sonatas, begun on BIS-2105 with Sonatas 1-5, a disc which received a recommendation on the web site Klassik-Heute.de and acclaim in Gramophone: ‘Dan Laurin brings all his customary verve and eloquence in pieces whose emotional content is as unpredictable as the sequence of movements.’ Together with the companion discs of Roman’s 12 keyboard sonatas recorded by Anna Paradiso, the set highlights the inquisitive mind and wide-ranging sensibilities of a composer who, although active in the far north of Europe showed a keen interest in what was happening on the continent.
The Swedish recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has demonstrated his remarkable versatility on some thirty recordings on BIS, ranging from a nine-disc set with 17th-century composer Jacob van Eyck’s complete Der Fluyten Lust-hof to the recent Rock that Flute, with music for recorder and strings written in 2013 by the Dutch composer Chiel Meijering. During a recording career that stretches over almost 30 years, Laurin keeps returning to one particular set of works, however: the concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Three of the works (the Concertos RV 441, 443 and 444) included on his latest release he has recorded more than once before, with ensembles such as the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Bach Collegium Japan and Arte dei Suonatori. For his latest ‘take’ on these favourites Laurin has joined forces with the young and vibrant Norwegian string ensemble 1B1 (shorthand for Ensemble Bjergsted 1). As he explains in his own liner notes for the present disc, he was inspired by his work on transcribing and performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons: ‘A close reading of RV441 and RV443–445 reveals great similarities between these works and The Four Seasons: sudden changes of moods, turbulent emotions, burlesque whims mixed with sublime beauty and elegance… My aim here is to explore the recorder concertos with the same freedom and spontaneity that characterize the modern-day approach to the Seasons.’ Laurin’s recording of the Seasons has been called ‘undoubtedly the best transcription to date’ (Diapason) and ‘never hackneyed, but instead invigoratingly fresh and vibrant’ (Clarino), verdicts which can only fuel the expectations concerning this his latest version of the recorder concertos.
A thrilling debut album with a unique blend of baroque music, minimalism and folk music, with a wide spectrum of musical colourfulness. With her roots in the Swedish folk music, Kristine West takes on baroque music as well as contemporary music in a free and open minded way. Her playing is characterised by latitude and easiness, with the aim to create an experience of presence – with a conviction that what occurs in the musical moment is the only thing that exists. The interpretation can constantly change and be reconsidered – depending on fellow musicians, the acoustics and the audience. In this way the music is constantly alive, built on impulse, interplay and sense, free to reflect the mutual experience of the moment.
Jonas performs three Scottish pieces by Barsanti as well as a recorder concerto by Vivaldi on the critically acclaimed debut album by Swedish recorder virtuoso Kristine West
Antonia Bembo (1640-1720) is one of the most fascinating composers in the history of music. And she’s forgotten. She fought for her rights and left a violent and unfaithful husband to pursue a career as a composer in France, at the court of the Sun King. But what did she sacrifice on her way there? What is one willing to do for the greatest love?
Drawing inspiration from Bembo’s music and life Operabyrån has created a new striking opera about passion. The passion for another human but also the passion for life and music. The music that never may be silenced. Bembo’s arias and music by Jacquet de la Guerre are brought together with new electro acoustic music by Mattias Petersson and a libretto by Emma Broström.
| Music Bembo, de la Guerre & Petersson | Direction Helena Röhr | Libretto Emma Broström | Costume & set design Bente Rolandsdotter | Musicians & performers Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Martin Vanberg, tenor Kate Hearne, baroque cello Catalina Langborn, baroque violin Jonas Nordberg, archlute & baroque guitar |
DOUBLEtake is a collaboration effort between three big Swedish institutions, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Skånes Dansteater and Malmö Opera. The piece is in two acts, Jonas performing all the music solo in act 1 together with K. Kvarnström & Co, and Malmö Opera orchestra performing the music in act two together with Skånes Dansteater. Jonas is the musical curator for the whole evening and has created various connections between the two acts. TAPE is a development of act one of DOUBLEtake into a full evening show. Duct tape and some singing was added.
| Choreography & set design Kenneth Kvarnström | Light design Jens Sethzman | Costume design Astrid Olsson | Music act 1 Weiss, Bach, de Visée, Poulenc, Couperin| Music act 2 Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, Lindberg | Dancers act 1 Pär Andersson, Sophie Augot, Richard Cilli, Jyrki Kasper, Misa Lommi, Robert Malmborg | Dancers act 2 Skånes Dansteater | Musicians first performance Jonas Nordberg, baroque lute, theorbo & romantic guitar Andrea Quinn, conductor Francisca Skoogh, piano Malmö Opera Orchestra | Photo Mats Bäcker
| Dancers TAPE Pär Andersson, Sophie Augot, Matthew Branham, Robert Malmborg, Erik Nyberg & Cecilia Olsen |
Valerie’s voice is based on the SCUM manifesto by Valerie Solanas! Valerie Solana’s texts are often met by aversion and suspicion. “Valerie’s Voice” focus on music as a universal vehicle to create preconditions to receive the texts on an emotional level as well as to complement and deepen the intellectual interpretation of the work.
| Music Christofer Elgh | Direction Helena Röhr | Costume design Åsa Gjerstad | Musicians & performers Mira Pyne, soprano/Valerie KROCK (Pascal Jardry, Daniel Röhr, Jesper Nielsen & Jonas Nordberg electric guitars |
K. Kvarnström & Co meet actor Etienne Glaser on a journey to discover what dance is. Jonas plays a small role in performing some music by de Visée and Piccinini, as well as having a short conversation with Mr. Glaser.
| Choreography & set design Kenneth Kvarnström | Dancers Pär Andersson, Sophie Augot, Richard Cilli, Jyrki Kasper, Robert Malmborg Photo Petra Hellberg |
The idea behind Heroines first came from Jonas and a wish to collaborate with two great colleagues, soprano Ruby Hughes and choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström. After an initial musical try out of part of the material at Kammermusik Lockenhaus research was done into finding brilliant music by forgotten female 17th century composers, our Heroines. Some male composers made it to the program too, depicting fictive Heroines in their lyrics. Together with K. Kvarnström & Co an evening combining concertized performance and contemporary dance was created.
| Choreography & set design Kenneth Kvarnström | Light design Markus Granqvist | Costume design Bente Rolandsdotter | Music Strozzi, Vizzana, Sessa, Marais, Dowland, Purcell | Dancers Pär Andersson, Sophie Augot, Richard Cilli, Jyrki Kasper, Misa Lommi, Robert Malmborg Musicians Ruby Hughes, soprano Jonas Nordberg, theorbo & archlute Christoph Urbanetz, viola da gamba | Photo Petra Hellberg |
A poetic and colourful production by Operabyrån in collaboration with Vadstena Academy, inspired by the music, lyrics, and fate of Barbara Strozzi, but also by female artists throughout history who have been degraded and forgotten. Love and the Courtesan focuses on the Italian repertoire of the early 17th-century, where solo pieces and improvisations – from intimate, lamenting passacaglias to passionate dances – are blended together and contrasted with each other, incorporating music by composers such as Barbara Strozzi, Francesca Caccini, Isabella Leonarda, and Pandolfo Mealli.
It was said that Barbara Strozzi was a courtesan. Perhaps she was; perhaps not. Perhaps the idea of a professional female musician and composer was simply so provocative that it was assumed that she was of ‘ill repute’. A certain degree of musicality elevated a woman’s status in baroque Italy. If a woman was too successful, however, she ran the risk of being classed a prostitute. Throughout time, labelling a woman as a prostitute has been a convenient way of removing a talented individual from the establishment.
| Music Strozzi, Caccini, Leonarda, Mealli & Kapsberger | Script Sigrid Herrault | Costume & set design Bente Rolandsdotter | Concept, choreography & dancer Karin Modigh | Concept, musicians & performers | Christina Larsson Malmberg, soprano Catalina Langborn, baroque violin Jonas Nordberg, theorbo & baroque guitar | Stage direction consultant Nils Spangenberg, Helena Röhr | Photo Carl Thorborg, Markus Gårder |
Developed during a residency on the Swedish west coast, sofa(r) is a critically acclaimed duet with and by Kenneth Kvarnström and Jonas Nordberg. The two share stage dancing, playing music and having coffee table discussions on various casual aspects of death. The work takes inspiration from a set of Tombeaux, French baroque pieces for lute and theorbo that were written to commemorate lost fellow artists and composers. Music by Dufaut, Mouton, Weiss & de Visée, and when Jonas is dancing with Kenneth and alone, Murcof and Biosphere.
| Choreography, light, set design, concept & dance Kenneth Kvarnström | Concept, dance & music Jonas Nordberg, baroque lute & theorbo |
Three dancers and two musicians meeting in a work ranging from deepest intimacy to raging frustration. Jonas joined forces with composer and guitarist Ola Hjelmberg switching between theorbo, baroque guitar, electric guitar and electric bass. Small steps out of the performers comfort zones involved Jonas first steps as a dancer. Baroque music by Piccinini, de Visée, Caccini & Sanz crashed and collided with the punk inspired grooves and soundscapes of Ola Hjelmberg where the two musicians got carried away in lengthy improvisations over eternal loops.
| Choreography Kenneth Kvarnström | Light, set design & photo Jens Sethzman | Music Hjelmberg, Piccinini, de Visée, Caccini & Sanz Dancers Kenneth Bruun Carlson, Janne Marja-aho, Cecilia Olsen | Musicians Ola Hjelmberg, electric guitar Jonas Nordberg, theorbo, electric guitar, bass & baroque guitar |
(play) is the first collaboration between Jonas and choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström. A large scale collaboration work involving 7 dancers, a string quartet from NorrlandsOperan, 3 costume designers & two soloists, me on the theorbo and pianist Asuka Nakamura. Discovering playfulness in various ways it involved Jonas performing solo music by B. Castaldi, Robert de Visée, G.G Kapsberger and a cello sonata by A. Vivaldi with Pelle Hansen.
| Choreography Kenneth Kvarnström |Light and set design Jens Sethzman | Costume design Martin Bergström, Helena Hörstedt, Erika Turunen | Dancers Kenneth Bruun Carlson, Sofia Karlsson, Kai Lähdesmäki, Janne Marja-aho, Cecilia Olsen, Valtteri Raekallio, Terhi Vaimala | Musicians Karin Eriksson violin, Pontus Björk violin, Pär Lindqvist viola, PelleHansen cello, Asuka Nakamura piano, Jonas Nordberg theorbo | Photo Sakari Viika |
“…a beautiful shift takes place between the organically pulsating pieces where Nordberg is playing and Kvarnström is dancing, and the passages where recorded electronica creates a more restricted movement pattern, where Nordberg leaves the instruments and fine duets become possible… Nordberg makes a strong dance performance, where the solo where he shapes the air around him with black shimmering confetti, or is it dust, becomes one of the moest beautiful moments of the performance…” – Västerbottens-kuriren, 2015
”…painfully beautiful. Sweetly alive art in a rare fine combination…” – Dagens Nyheter, 2014
”…astonishing music, seamlessly presented by Nordberg who plays it clearly, listening, strong…”– Expressen, 2014
“…the completely brilliant Jonas Nordberg on theorbo, lute and guitar…” – Dagens Nyheter, 2014
“The notes from the lute reach my heart when Nordberg is playing standing with his back towards the audience. His face against the light as if there was something beautiful beyond the darkness…” – Nummer, 2014
”…a passion wanting to explode in the chest, which finds its way into our senses with melancholic timbres which Jonas Nordberg and Christoph Urbanetz perceptively create from the lute, theorbo and viola da gamba.” – Svenska Dagblaget, 2014
”…the music glitters with melancholy and offers solitude to our senses…for some moments Nordberg leaves his instruments and dances, to deep bass sound and heavy electronica chords. In a strong solo Nordberg’s naked back is shimmering in the smoke filled light…” – Svenska Dagbladet, 2013
“…Jonas Nordberg has an unusual physical expressivity in his handling of the theorbo and baroque lute. He treats the baroque chords emotionally, expressing rises and falls with his face almost as were it jazz improvisation. “ – Hallands Nyheter, 2013
”…Eva Fegers, superbly accompanied on the theorbo by Swedish lutenist and guitarist, Jonas Nordberg, a star in his own right…” – windcanal.de on Moeck Recorder Competition, 2011
“…Jonas Nordberg is a notable theorbist who ‘drove from the bass’ (as stressed importantly by Julia Bishop discussing continuo in the master class). His chosen strings (not gut) enhanced the power of an instrument which often looks better than it can be heard). We enjoyed his complete visibility, including a hunched posture reminiscent of the young Franz Bruggen playing the recorder!…” – musicalpointers.co.uk, 2011