Dreamers’ in Danish national television
On the 15th of January, we were interviewed in ‘DR Aftenshowet’ where we talked about our adventures in Japan and our meeting with the film director Hayao Miyazaki. We also got the chance to play this beautiful traditional tune called Skal vi gå til fremmede lande.
Our annual Copenhagen Christmas concert will take place on Teater Republique on December 20th. With lots of new tunes and other Christmas surprises, we will try to make this evening the best warm-up for the holidays!
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It makes sense in every way that Hayao Miyazaki, the Oscar-winning Japanese director of movies such as Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro, has invited the Nordic folk music trio Dreamers’ Circus to play an intimate concert in his home.
Apart from the fact that the trio is quite popular in Japan, there is also a deeper artistic relationship between Miyazaki’s quirky anime cartoons and the music of Dreamers’ Circus’s third studio album, Rooftop Sessions.
The three Nordic musicians delight in exploring traditions and folklore, just like Miyazaki does and, like Miyazaki, Dreamers’ Circus take material gleaned from these type of sources to new imaginative and contemporary heights.
Dreamers’ Circus comprises a classic folk setup with Danish-Faroese Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen on violin, Ale Carr from Sweden on the ten-string cittern and Nikolaj Busk from Denmark on piano and accordion. Many of the instrumental pieces on Rooftop Sessions are built on folk music structures, which are repeated with varied dynamic accompaniments typical of much Nordic folk music that yields something beautiful.
There is a logic to the pieces and they seem to reflect the change and development one encounters through life. This is particularly evident in a track like Kitchen Stories where a whirling main theme is repeated while a few counterparts create melodic and dynamic contrast. These hint of another wider world before we are brought back to a safe harbor where we rest with new insights gleaned from a musical universe that is comfortable in melding the new and contemporary with older traditions. Dreamers’ Circus are important renewers of our folk music traditions and in the more progressive aspects of this record they introduce an ethereal, almost dream-like, feel.
On a track like Rooftop Sessions, pt. 1, for example, you start out with a regular folkish theme, which repeats several times in a circular structure. But once we’ve left the theme to slip into a flowing, dreamy piece, we’ll never look back. We are carried by a strong wind over the rooftops and away. While the gravitational force, that has held the instruments earthbound dissolves when the trio moves away from their naturalistic starting point and let their instruments combine to create spherical sound effects.
What Dreamers Circus do here in Rooftop Sessions is to renew traditional music themes in a way that thrills and is filled with fabulous imagination. And I’d love to be a fly on the wall for their intimate concert in Hayao Miyazaki’s home.
Emil Eggert Scherrebeck, Information