Nordic folk trio Dreamers’ Circus will perform in Lewisburg on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center Concert Hall.
Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, the band takes inspiration from the region’s deep folk music traditions and transforms them into something bright, shiny and new.
Dreamers’ Circus is composed of Nikolaj Busk (Danish) on piano and accordion; Ale Carr (Swedish) on Nordic cittern and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (Danish), also from the Danish String Quartet, on violin.
Dreamers’ Circus are inventive and talented in their approach to performances that include music from Denmark and Sweden as well as Finland, Norway and the far reaches of the windswept Faroe Islands.
Winners of five Danish Music Awards, the trio’s sound is based on virtuoso and incendiary musical ability across a range of instruments that includes violin, accordion, piano and cittern.
The trio collaborates regularly with the Danish String Quartet and the Copenhagen Philharmonic and performs with other orchestras.
Sing Out said, “They are world class. Now the world needs to hear them.
“Dreamers’ Circus does for Nordic folk music what Astor Piazzolla and tango nuevo did for Argentinian folk music,” said Politiken (Denmark).
Constantly exploring new challenges for themselves and for audiences, Dreamers’ Circus harnesses their knowledge of traditional and roots music to present an amalgam of folk sensibility, jazz improvisation and classical complexity distilled through an openness to influences from popular music. The result is music that is resolutely contemporary and rhythmically and melodically captivating.
On September 10, the band members released Handed On, a published book of 58 tracks of their own new Nordic music, arranged for varying degrees of difficulty, along with videos to accompany each track.
Their most recent recordings of original tracks, Blue White Gold (for which the trio received the prestigious Carl Award for Composer of the Year in 2021) and Lost Swans (2022), are set to be released on a double vinyl record reissue this fall.
In addition to writing and performing their own music, members of Dreamers’ Circus frequently collaborate with other musicians. Recent projects include:
Play music from the video game Chrono Cross, including: Sailing and Termina, a collaboration with Japanese composer Yasunori Mitsuda
Performing and arranging music for a collaboration with DR Børnekoret (Danish Radio Children’s Choir) on an album of Danish folk songs for children.
Collaborating with renowned Danish violinist Poul Bjerager Christiansen on an initiative to bring traditional folk music to life from centuries-old handwritten scores.
The Weis Center performance is sponsored, in part, by John and Julianna Cooper and their family.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), 10 $ for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $15 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).
Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Tickets are also available in person at several locations, including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center box office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Bucknell’s face coverage requirements follow CDC guidelines, based on current rates of COVID-19 transmission in Union County. When transmission rates are high, face coverings are required of everyone in all indoor public and academic spaces on campus, including the Weis Center. Masks are not needed indoors when transmission rates are low or medium. This directive applies to all visitors, regardless of their vaccination status. Guests should always have a mask available when on campus. KN95s are recommended. To view Bucknell’s current status, visit bucknell.edu/COVID-19.
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