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 gamba.House Concert, Berlin
29th CHAMBER OPERA Ingjutet i mitt hjärta, music by Bembo, de la Guerre & M. Peterson. Operabyrån.The 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 CHAMBER 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.
23rd ORCHESTRAL Membra Jesu Nostri by Dietrich Buxtehude. Eugenia Church, Stockholm.
25th ORCHESTRAL JS Bach St John’s Passion Essinge Church, Stockholm.
16th PERFORMANCE Francesa Caccini for kids. Operabyrån. Confidencen, Stockholm
17th PERFORMANCE Francesa Caccini for kids. Operabyrån. Confidencen, Stockholm
18th PERFORMANCE Francesa Caccini for kids. Operabyrån. Confidencen, Stockholm
19th PERFORMANCE Francesa Caccini for kids. Operabyrån. Confidencen, Stockholm
20th PERFORMANCE Francesa Caccini for kids. Operabyrån. Confidencen, Stockholm
29th PERFORMANCE Francesa Caccini for kids. Operabyrån. Confidencen, Stockholm
19th CHAMBER Music by Locke & Byrde. KROCK. Umeå Church, Sweden
30th CHAMBER Music by Strozzi, Frescobaldi & Carissimi. Inger Uberg, soprano. Royal College of Music, Stockholm
3rd CHAMBER ‘Mystikens systrar’ music by Kassia, von Bingen, Assandra, Peruchona, Badalla et al. Operabyrån. Nordmaling Baroque Festival, Sweden
23rd CHAMBER ‘Mystikens systrar’ music by Kassia, von Bingen, Assandra, Peruchona, Badalla et al. Operabyrån. 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’, music by Strozzi, Vizzana, Sessa, Caccini et al. 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
13th TRIO RECITAL ‘Heroines of love and loss’, music by Strozzi, Vizzana, Sessa, Caccini et al. 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
6th CHAMBER Triple Quartet Project workshop. Ensemble KROCK. ESKUS Helsinki
14th SOLO RECITAL Music by Weiss, Reusner, Bach & de Visée. Tumba Bruks Musiksalonger, Stockholm
21st DUO RECITAL Music by Marais. Liam Byrne, viola da gamba. Private venue, Camberwell, London
8th TRIO RECITAL ‘Heroines of Love and Loss’ release concert of recital album for BIS Records. Music by Strozzi, Caccini, Vizzana, Sessa, Purcell et al. Ruby Hughes, voice & Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, cello. King’s Place, London
12th ORCHESTRAL Vespro della Beata Vergine by C. Monteverdi. Rebaroque. Storkyrkan, Stockholm
19th CHAMBER Music by Monteverdi, Marini, Uccelini et al. Concerto Copenhagen. St. Mariae Kirke, Helsingör, DK
21st CHAMBER Music by Monteverdi, Marini, Uccelini et al. Concerto Copenhagen. Koncertkirken, Copenhagen, DK
22nd CHAMBER Music by Monteverdi, Marini, Uccelini et al. Concerto Copenhagen. St. Peders Kirke, Naestved, DK
24th ORCHESTRAL St. Mark’s Passion by Reinhard Keiser. Le Chardon Orchestra. Ostfriesland, Germany.
25th ORCHESTRAL St. Mark’s Passion by Reinhard Keiser. Le Chardon Orchestra. Ostfriesland, Germany.
26th ORCHESTRALSt. Mark’s Passion by Reinhard Keiser. Le Chardon Orchestra. Ostfriesland, Germany.
9th CHAMBER Membra Jesu Nostri by D. Buxtehude. Ängby church, Stockholm
14th CHAMBER Leçons de Tenébres by F. Couperin. Lidingö church, Stockholm
15th CHAMBER OPERA Judassånger by Per Olofsson. Oscar’s Church, Stockholm
8th CHAMBER Music by Ortiz, Dowland et al, Dostojevski monologue reading w R. Brynolfsson & ensemble Rebaroque. Forum, Stockholm
31st CHAMBER Sonatas by J.H Roman & M. Raehs. Clara Guldberg Ravn, recorder & ensemble. Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden
6th SOLO RECITAL Music by J. Dowland. Exhibition opening, Antikmuseum, Royal Castle Stockholm, Sweden
7th SOLO RECITAL Music by J. Dowland, G. Kapsberger & A. Piccinini. Sundbybergs church, Stockholm, Sweden
26th-28th CHAMBER Music by B. Strozzi, G. Kapsberger & A. Piccinini. Christina Högman, soprano & Lena-Susanne Norin, alto. Saxå Chamber music festival, Sweden
15th SOLO RECITAL Music by Dowland, de Visée, Bach, Piccinini & Kapsberger. Björnlunda Kammarmusikförening, Sweden
1st-5th CHAMBER Katrina Chamber Music Festival, various chamber concerts. With Lena Willemark, Svante Henryson, Margareta Sörenson, Mats Bergström, Trio ZPR, David Huang & Daniel Migdal. Åland, Finland
8th SOLO RECITAL Music by Dowland, de Visée, Kapsberger, Piccinini & Bach. Slätmons konsertkapell, Sweden
9th SOLO RECITAL Music by Dowland, de Visée, Kapsberger, Piccinini & Bach. Slätmons konsertkapell, Sweden
1oth SOLO RECITAL Music by Dowland, Danyel, de Visée & Bach. Åsgård Mariefred, Sweden
2oth SOLO RECITAL Music by Dowland, Danyel, de Visée & Bach. Öster Malma Castle, Sweden
24th DUO RECITAL Music by Marais & de Visée w Liam Byrne, viol. Argh, Berlin, Germany
2nd DUO RECITAL Music by Dowland, Strozzi, Vizzana, Piccinini & others, with Sopranos Christina Larsson Malmberg. Tumba Bruks Musiksalonger, Sweden
10th CHAMBER Claudio Monteverdi 450 years celebration concert. Music by Monteverdi, Castello, Kapsberger, Piccinini & others. With Kerstin Avemo, Martin Vanberg, Catalina Langborn, Pelle Hansen & Marcus Mohlin. Confidencen, Stockholm, Sweden
11th CHAMBER Claudio Monteverdi 450 years celebration concert. Music by Monteverdi, Castello, Kapsberger, Piccinini & others. With Kerstin Avemo, Martin Vanberg, Catalina Langborn, Pelle Hansen & Marcus Mohlin. Confidencen, Stockholm, Sweden
16th CHAMBER TRIPLE QUARTET PROJECT. WORLD PREMIERE of Shadows of Ideas by Lene Grenager w ensemble KROCK, ensemble RANK & ensemble Parkour. Gerleborgsskolan, Bohuslän, Sweden
17th CHAMBER TRIPLE QUARTET PROJECT. Shadows of Ideas by Lene Grenager w ensemble KROCK, ensemble RANK & ensemble Parkour. Deichmanske Bibliotek, Oslo, Norway
3rd SOLO/CHAMBER Music by Monteverdi, d’India, Kapsberger, Piccinini & others with Alan Bennett, tenor & others. National University of Singapore
6th OPERA Acis & Galatea by G.F Händel. National University of Singapore
7th OPERA Acis & Galatea by G.F Händel. National University of Singapore
15th CHAMBER Claudio Monteverdi Vespro della beata vergine. Drottningholms Baroque Ensemble, Engelbrekts chamber choir, Bengt Eklund conductor + soloists. Engelbrektskyrkan, Stockholm, Sweden
27th CHAMBER Recital w ensemble Paradiso Musicale. Les Musicales de Baabdath Festival, Lebanon
5th SOLO RECITAL Music by Dowland, de Visée, Piccinini, Kapsberger & J.S Bach. Sjöstadskapellet, Stockholm Sweden
7th CHAMBER Music by Sessa, Vizzana, Badalla, Leonarda & others. With Ensemble Operabyrån. Västerås Konserthus, Sweden
13th CHAMBER Music by Sessa, Vizzana, Badalla, Leonarda & others. With Ensemble Operabyrån. Söderhamns teater, Sweden
18th SOLO RECITAL Music by R. de Visée, J.S Bach, G. Kapsberger & A. Piccinini. Bamberger Gitarrentage Festival, Bamberg, Germany
27th CHAMBER Monteverdi 450yrs celebration w Treitler string quartet. Royal Academy of Music festivities concert at Musikaliska, Stockholm
1st ORCHESTRAL Händel Messiah. Ensemble Rebaroque & Gary Graden, conductor. Storkyrkan, Stockholm
2nd ORCHESTRAL Händel Messiah. Ensemble Rebaroque & Gary Graden, conductor. Storkyrkan, Stockholm
3rd ORCHESTRAL Händel Messiah. Ensemble Rebaroque & Gary Graden, conductor. Storkyrkan, Stockholm
5th WORKSHOP Workshop for guitar students @Royal College of Music Sthlm with ensemble KROCK. Royal College of Music, Stockholm
8th CHAMBER Music by Locke, Byrde, Egland, Anderson, Lundén & Couperin. With ensemble KROCK. Musikvalvet, Stockholm
10th CHAMBER Music by Locke, Byrde, Egland, Anderson, Lundén & Couperin. With ensemble KROCK. Fylkingen, Stockholm
14th ORCHESTRAL Händel Messiah. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor. Göteborgs Konserthus, Gothenburg
15th ORCHESTRAL Händel Messiah. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor. Göteborgs Konserthus, Gothenburg
16th ORCHESTRAL Händel Messiah. Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor. Göteborgs Konserthus, Gothenburg
Swedish lutenist and guitarist Jonas Nordberg belongs to the new generation of exciting musicians in the field of plucked instruments. A graduate of the Mozarteum University Salzburg (MA Summa cum Laude 2011), he has an active schedule as a performing artist on lutes and historical guitars. Thereby his repertoire ranges from early renaissance lute music to contemporary soundscape explorations. In between we find solo repertoire for renaissance lute, baroque lute, baroque guitar, early 19th century guitar and theorbo.
Venues and festivals the past seasons include Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, Greenwich Early Music Festival, Stockholm Early Music Festival, BAM New York, National Sawdust NYC, 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, Vadstena Gamla Teater and Norrlandsoperan amongst several other concert halls and churches around Sweden and Europe.
In 2015 his solo debut album for Eudora Records, ‘Music by de Visée, Weiss & Dufaut’ was released and has since received raving reviews worldwide. It was chosen amongst the top five classical albums of the year by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. 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. It has received brilliant reviews and was given a Diapason d’Or award. He has also recorded three albums for BIS Records with recorder player Dan Laurin, covering the flute sonatas by Swedish composer Johan Helmich Roman on two albums as well as recorder concertos by Antonio Vivaldi on another release. 2018-2019 will bring further recordings of solo albums and chamber music for BIS Records. His work has also been seen and heard regularly 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, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Rebaroque, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Ensemble 1B1 & Aalborg Symphony Orchestra amongst several other period instrument chamber groups.
Together with soprano Ruby Hughes Nordberg 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 several 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.
He also works together with Swedish chamber opera ensemble Operabyrån, co-creating the cutting edge stage work Love and the Courtesan (2013) with a libretto based on the life of Barbara Strozzi including music by her and other female 17th century composers. In 2016 they followed up the success with the premiere of ‘Ingjutet i mitt hjärta’, a new chamber opera this time diving into the fate of 17th century composer Antonia Bembo, with her music meeting new electronic music by Mattias Petersson. 2018-2020 the ensemble are artists in residence at Konserthuset Stockholm with regular performances of new stage work featuring forgotten female composers.
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