7 Bach Cantatas, London Handel Players Wigmore Hall, London
13 Händel Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Orfeus Barockensemble Konserthuset, Stockholm
18 ‘Heros’ w Anders Dahlin & El Gran Teatro del Mundo Amuz, Antwerp
19 Baroque Immersion – Ensemble Continuum. Music by Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, David Lang, Georg Muffat, Arash Safaian Eindhoven, NL
27 Claudio Monteverdi ‘Vespro della beata Vergine’ Uppenbarelsekyrkan, Stockholm
10 Dietrich Buxtehude ‘Membra Jesu Nostri’ Västerås, Sweden
11 ‘Anima Aeterna’ Jakub Józef Orliński/Francesco Corti/Il Pomo d’Oro Bologna Festival, Italy
13 ‘Anima Aeterna’ Jakub Józef Orliński/Francesco Corti/Il Pomo d’Oro Theâtre des Champs’Elysées, Paris
19 ‘Anima Aeterna’ Jakub Józef Orliński/Francesco Corti/Il Pomo d’Oro Conservatorio G. Verdi, Bologna
21 ‘Anima Aeterna’ Jakub Józef Orliński/Francesco Corti/Il Pomo d’Oro Auditorio-Palacio de Congresos Principe Felipe, Oviedo
23 ‘Anima Aeterna’ Jakub Józef Orliński/Francesco Corti/Il Pomo d’Oro Teatro Real, Madrid
25 ‘Anima Aeterna’ Jakub Józef Orliński/Francesco Corti/Il Pomo d’Oro Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona
1 Music by Strozzi, Leonarda, de Visée & Bingen w Christina Larsson Malmberg, Catalina Langborn & Karolinska Chamber Choir Örebro, Sweden
5 ‘Heroines’ w Ruby Hughes & Mime Brinkmann De Bijloke, Gent
6 REALEASE DAY, ‘LESSONS’ music by John Dowland for BIS Records Worldwide
8 Martinus Raehs Flute Sonatas vol. 2 release tour w Clara Guldberg Ravn, Mats Olofsson & Anna Paradiso Naestved Early Music Festival
9 Martinus Raehs Flute Sonatas vol. 2 release tour w Clara Guldberg Ravn, Mats Olofsson & Anna Paradiso Koncertkirken, Copenhagen
11 Martinus Raehs Flute Sonatas vol. 2 release tour w Clara Guldberg Ravn, Mats Olofsson & Anna Paradiso Mörrum kyrka, Karlshamn
22 Music by Bach, Telemann, Gassmann, Biber & Muffat w Orfeus Barockensemble Konserthuset, Stockholm
15-19 Kirsten Flagstad Festival with Bernt Ola Volungholen, programmes to be announced Hamar, Norway
5-11 Time of Music Festival. Music by Charles Uzor et al. Viitasaari, Finland
6 PREMIERE Antonio Vivaldi ‘Il Giustino’ Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm
8 Antonio Vivaldi ‘Il Giustino’ Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm
10 Antonio Vivaldi ‘Il Giustino’ Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm
12 Antonio Vivaldi ‘Il Giustino’ Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm
14 Antonio Vivaldi ‘Il Giustino’ Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm
16 Antonio Vivaldi ‘Il Giustino’ Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm
18 Antonio Vivaldi ‘Il Giustino’ Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm
20 Antonio Vivaldi ‘Il Giustino’ Drottningholms Slottsteater, Stockholm
11 Orfeus Barockensemble, program to be announced Konserthuset, Stockholm
17 SOLO RECITAL Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival
29 SOLO RECITAL De Bijloke, Gent
30 SOLO RECITAL Musiques rive gauche Festival, Paris
15 PREMIERE ‘I allt hon någonsin rört vid’ w choreographer/dancer Satoshi Kudo & soprano Christina Larsson Malmberg. Music by Andrea Tarrodi (world premiere), Purcell, Santes, Dowland et al. Konserthuset, Stockholm
21-29 Tour ’The Songbird’, chamber opera based on the life of Francesca Caccini|Operabyrån. Venues to be announced. Sweden
13 Duo recital with Malena Ernman. Music by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Robert Johnson & Nico Muhly Artipelag, Stockholm
20 Duo recital w Malena Ernman. Music by John Dowland, Henry Purcell, Robert Johnson & Nico Muhly Artipelag, Stockholm
1 La Vida es Sueño. Night and dreams in music by Marais, Lully, Charpentier et al with El Gran Teatro del MundoZinzendorfhaus, Basel
2-5 RECORDING La Vida es Sueño. Night and dreams in music by Marais, Lully, Charpentier et al with El Gran Teatro del MundoBasel
29 OPERA John Blow:Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell:Dido & Aeneas Confidencen, Stockholm
31 If music be the food of love. A journey into the realm between Shakespeare’s poetic universe and the music that it has inspired, with countertenor Rupert Enticknap, tenor Bernt Ola Volungholen & actress Marika Lagercrantz Confidencen, Stockholm
31 OPERA John Blow|Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell|Dido & Aeneas Confidencen, Stockholm
1 OPERA John Blow-Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell-Dido & Aeneas Confidencen, Stockholm
3 DANCE Henry Purcell|Hail! Bright Cecilia! Confidencen, Stockholm
4 DANCE Henry Purcell|Hail! Bright Cecilia! Confidencen, Stockholm
5 DANCE Henry Purcell|Hail! Bright Cecilia! Confidencen, Stockholm
7 OPERA John Blow-Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell-Dido & Aeneas Confidencen, Stockholm
8 OPERA John Blow-Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell-Dido & AeneasConfidencen, Stockholm
12 Zwischenwelten. Music by Muffat/Dohnányi w El Gran teatro del Mundo/Opalio Piano Quintet Davos Festival
14 A pocchi, ò a molti|Music by Corelli, Muffat & Händel with El Gran Teatro der Mundo Davos Festival
17 OPERA John Blow-Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell-Dido & Aeneas Confidencen, Stockholm
18 OPERA John Blow-Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell-Dido & Aeneas Confidencen, Stockholm
20 OPERA John Blow-Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell-Dido & Aeneas Confidencen, Stockholm
21 OPERA John Blow-Venus & Adonis/Henry Purcell-Dido & Aeneas Confidencen, Stockholm
23-27 RECORDING Flute sonatas by Morten Raehs w Clara Guldberg Ravn, Anna Paradiso & Mats Olofsson Duvbo church, Stockholm
10 Anima eterna|Music by Zelenka, Manna, Nucci, Porsile, Almeida & Fux|Il Pomo d’Oro/Jakub Józef Orliński/Francesco Corti Bayreuth
12 Anima eterna|Music by Zelenka, Manna, Nucci, Porsile, Almeida & Fux|Il Pomo d’Oro/Jakub Józef Orliński/Francesco Corti Dortmund
25 Solo recital, Music by John Dowland Sligo Baroque festival
26 Heinichen chamber concertos Sligo Baroque festival
26 The fruitbearing society, 17th century explorations|London Handel Players Sligo Baroque festival
1 The golden morning breaks|Duo recital with Ruby Hughes. Folk songs and works by by Dowland, Purcell, Johnson & Danyel Two Moors Festival
7 Music from the 1620s|Emma Rönnlund, soprano, Nora Roll, viol & Lars Sjöstedt, organ Norrfjärden church, Piteå, Sweden
9 Solo recital, Music by Dowland & Kapsperger Piteå Music College, Sweden
15 Solo recital, Music by John Dowland Tumba bruks musiksalonger, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Solo recital, Music by John Dowland Tumba bruks musiksalonger, Stockholm, Sweden
23 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
24 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
25 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
31 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
3 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
4 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
6 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
7 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
8 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
10 Le Badinage – an Exchange of Pleasantries. Recital w Liam Byrne, viol, w special guest appearance by Lucy Crowe, soprano. Music by de Visée & Marais London International Festival of Early Music, St. Michael & All Angels, Pond Road, Blackheath
11 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
12 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
13 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
16 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
17 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
18 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
20 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
21 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
22 Station Illusion, chamber opera w music by Lully & Charpentier Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
25 A pocchi, ò a molti|Music by Corelli, Muffat & Händel with El Gran Teatro der Mundo Gallery von Bartha, Basel
27 A pocchi, ò a molti|Music by Corelli, Muffat & Händel with El Gran Teatro der Mundo Händel-Haus, Halle
1-6 ’The Songbird’, chamber opera based on the life of Francesca Caccini|Operabyrån Österåker & Norrtälje tour, Sweden
12 Händel Messias. Manfredo Kraemer/Orfeus Barockensemble Konserthuset, Stockholm
Jonas Nordberg is a lutenist mastering a wide range of plucked instruments from the 16th to 19th centuries. A graduate of the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the Royal College of Music Stockholm, he has an active schedule in more than 25 countries, performing solo concerts, chamber music, staged performances and large ensemble work.
As a recording artist, 2015 saw his solo debut album for Eudora Records, ‘Music by de Visée, Weiss & Dufaut’ was released to critical acclaim worldwide. 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. From 2018 onwards he records solo work exclusively for BIS Records, releasing Intavolatura di Chitarone featuring music by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (Gramophone Editor’s Choice) as his initial album in 2019.
His solo recital programs include the music of John Dowland, music for theorbo by Robert de Visée, French lute music juxtaposed with works by Silvius Leopold Weiss as well as the wizardry Italian Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger. Often these programs are mixed up with works by contemporary composers, creating a varied sound scape and a big range of expressions.
Together with soprano Ruby Hughes he performs all lute song repertoire, with a special focus on the Elizabethan Era and Italian monody. 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.
Venues and festivals the past seasons include Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, Greenwich Early Music Festival, Stockholm Early Music Festival, BAM New York, Philharmonie de Paris, National Sawdust NYC, Kioi Hall Tokyo, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Royal Opera House London, King’s Place London, Concertgebouw Brügge, Opera Comédie Montpellier, Grand Théatre Luxembourg, Mozarteum Salzburg, Malmö Opera, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm, Helsinki City Theatre, Salzburger Landestheater, Gothenburg Concert Hall, Stockholm Concert Hall etc.
He performs with ensembles such as Concerto Köln, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Concerto Copenhagen, Orfeo 55, Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, London Handel Orchestra, Insula Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Camerata Øresund, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Les Accents, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rebaroque, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Ensemble 1B1, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra & Gävle Symphony Orchestra amongst several other period instrument chamber groups.
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 their most performed work, sofa(r), Nordberg and Kvarnström teamed up for a critically acclaimed duet combining elements of dance, baroque music for lute and theorbo, electronic music and speech in a dark world exploring death. This also marked his debut as a dancer.
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.
At the end of the 16th century, the pursuit of greater, more vivid expressivity dominated music-making all across Italy, taking madrigals and other vocal ensemble forms as its starting point but soon going on to explore the possibilities offered by solo singing. For some decades the theorbo (or chitarone, as it was also called) was regarded as the ideal instrument for accompanying singers, but as a leading exponent of the instrument Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger soon also established it as a solo instrument in its own right. Of German descent, Kapsperger published his first book of solo pieces for the theorbo in 1604 and went on to enjoy a successful career in Rome, contributing to the monumental cultural programme of Pope Urban VIII. There he moved in intellectual circles, particularly that of the scientist Galileo Galilei.
During the 1630s things became quiet for Kapsperger, possibly a side effect of Galilei’s conviction for heresy in 1633. Not until 1640 did his last known volume of theorbo pieces appear, the number four in its title indicating that two books have been lost. A particularly attractive aspect of Kapsperger’s music for the theorbo is the marked contrasts between dramatic and impetuous toccatas, straightforward, ‘no-nonsense’ passacaglias and rhythmically refined but simply constructed dance movements such as galliards. These are here all made to sound under the fingers of Jonas Nordberg, sought-after as soloist as well as ensemble musician, performing on a wide range of plucked instruments including the lute, guitar and theorbo. On BIS he has previously appeared on the acclaimed album Heroines with soprano Ruby Hughes and in chamber works with recorder player Dan Laurin.
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