Presenting the twelve performers Nathan Larson, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Mika Takehara, Alice Boman, Sofia Jernberg, Cæcile Trier aka CTM, Hey Elbow, Sonja Labianca, 108, Nathan Nosarl, Subchamber Ensemble and Solar.
Make sure to follow the the Dream Music playlist on Spotify to get to know the artists.
With a background in jazz and an ear for distortion they create eccentric pop music with a big experimental sound. None and all of the three members are fronting the band, a democratic philosophy that gives the flugelhorn as much space as the singing, the electronics and the drums. Their latest album is entitled C0C0C0. HEY ELBOW consists of Julia Ringdahl (vocals/guitar), Ellen Petersson (horn/electronics), and Liam Amner (drums).
SOFIA JERNBERG is a Swedish experimental singer, composer, improviser and performer, born in Ethiopia 1983. She grew up in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Sweden. Since 2011 she lives in Oslo, Norway.
Sofia strives to explore the “instrumental” possibilities of the voice. Her singing vocabulary includes sounds and techniques that often contradict a conventional singing style. She has dug deep into non verbal vocalizing, split tone singing, pitchless singing and distorted singing.
Jernberg moves fluidly between the noise, jazz, experimental and contemporary classical music scene,….she has participated in several iterations of Arnold Schonberg’s ”Pierrot Lunaire”, and performs regularly with FIRE! Orchestra, PAAVO, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, THE END w Mats Gustafsson, and many others.
Returning from a self-imposed musical exile following a triumphant run of early releases, – 2013’s Skisser EP and 2014’s EP II –haunted Swedish songwriter Alice Boman brings forth new singles ‘Dreams’, ‘End of Time’ and ‘Heartbeat’. “A bleary-eyed, emotion-packed reflection on the dissolution of hope, this is music that’s strengthened by the silence it emerges from.” Alice’s voice is singular and she is quickly ascending to iconic status. Her songs have been featured on such cable hits as TRANSPARENT.
"Swedish songwriter Alice Boman is a ghostly, whispered presence in "Dreams," which starts as an elegy and ends with solace" - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Cæcile Trier (CTM)
Copenhagen based singer/cellist/composer with her classical training apparent across her many and varied collaborations. CTM, standing for Cæcilie Trier Musik, marks the impersonal boundary where intimacies are developed, trampled, and searched through.
Having received critical acclaim from the earliest moments of her career, Trier’s previous album ‘Suite For A Young Girl’ was nominated for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize in 2017.
Her latest release, the album Red Dragon (Posh Isolation, 2018) is a fever dream story flicking through the recent past and present: about / a (feverish) narrative involving / touching upon Elon Musks (cancelled/) failed robotic lander mission to mars, Michael Jackson’s final moments on stage
and current personal life (motherhood).
SONJA LABIANCA is a Danish alto sax player. She has been a creative force in several groups from the blooming Copenhagen music scene for many years, among them Selvhenter, Valby Vokalgruppe & Choir of Young Believers.
Sonja’s exquiste debut solo album «About Room, Room to Be, Rooms» is a series of poetic, minimalist soundscapes…the music originates in the resonance phenomena from the acoustic saxophone when played against objects and in spaces with varying characteristics. The albums recordings were made as field documentations, at locations such as a bell tower, a silo and a garage. It’s one of the finest releases of the year and is being celebrated as such.
WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS
WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS is the work of husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin. Their music primarily consists of Andreas’s nuanced drumming, percussion and vocals, with Wallentin’s mesmerizing acrobatic vocalizations. Mariam also contributes cittre, percussion, pump-organs and steel-pan. Deep, minimalist and maximalist, melodic and trance-inducing, their music operates in several simultaneous genres. With four albums and countless hours on the road to their credit, WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS might be considered one of Sweden’s most unique active musical acts. Both members maintain a multitude of side projects and are forever creating.
SUBCHAMBER ENSMBLE will provide a backbone for the proceedings at DREAM MUSIC ….. SUBCHAMBER ENSMBLE was established by musician, film composer and sound artist Nathan Larson with cellist Gerda Holmquist. The ensemble involves a rotating roster of classically trained musicians in the Oresund area that are active, but might not directly be connected to the conventional orchestral platforms. Inspired by the La Monte Young and his minimalistic musical explorations as well as by Alice Coltrane’s cascade-like flow of acoustic sound, their performance revolve around the harp, strings, clarinet, tuned metal “tank” drums, electronics and cassette tape manipulations.
(Photo by Camilla Rehnstrand)
One of the most dynamic percussion/ marimba soloists working today, Mika executes powerful, mystical, dance-like performances. She debuted as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra, and has since played with orchestras all over Europe, such as Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra etc etc. Mika also plays with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Seiji Ozawa.
Her solo album “Thirteen Drums” is available on BIS Record and she is at work on her second solo album.
Jonas Stojiljkovic Pedersen and Magnus Borgkvist Johansson have been preparing for this moment for a decade. Being best friends, they’ve relentlessly been trying to weld their different musical universes into one, but to no avail. Until now. With S O L A R, the duo has cut the Gordian knot and created a new universe where pitfalls of traditional genres don’t exist. Bubbling mono-synths and hefty pads are mixed together with expressive drums, structure meets passion, thoughtful melodies merge with glacial rock soundscapes.
NATHAN LARSON is a reformed nihilist and film composer, producer and author who began his journey in the American hardcore punk scene. A transplanted New Yorker, he now lives in Malmo, and his award-winning film music career is long and varied, consisting of over 70 films and TV shows. Larson has created sound environment/installations for neighborhoods, galleries and planetariums, curated concerts (such as Malmö Live’s 2017’s DREAM MUSIC), taught, bartended, and produced/played in multiple bands, including Shudder to Think, Girls Against Boys, and A Camp. He is also the co-founder of 24 HR DRONE INT’L, MODERN IMPERIAL, and LUMEN PROJECT an organization that brings long-form “drone music” performance events to locations worldwide. Upcoming events include Stockholm, and Beirut, Lebanon.