A few words from Dreamers’ Circus
Hello and welcome to our performance as part of our Fall 2023 series of concerts. We are excited to be back traveling and touring internationally after what has been a challenging time for all of us. It’s been a while since we’ve been in the United States….What will you, the audience, think of what we play? How will you react? Well, we’re about to find out….
Firstly, let us tell you a little about Dreamers’ Circus, who we are and what we do.
Our approach to music sees us challenge the norms of the traditional music we were brought up with and attempt to shape it into how we imagine Nordic music can sound in 2023. We certainly do not seek to turn our back on our folk music roots and, having grown up with traditional mu-sic, we value it as an important part of our musical make- up. But we also discovered early on that traditional music cannot stay static, that change is inevitable and even, we might argue, beneficial. So, in a sense, we view our roots in the rich traditions of Danish and Swedish folk music as a point of departure and refuse to accept tradition as a straitjacket. We investigate new angles and consciously seek to challenge not just ourselves as performers and composers but also the norms and sometimes even the structures of the music we play. With Dreamers’ Circus, no two performances are quite the same and we enjoy the fact that today’s show can be quite different from yesterdays. We have learned to enjoy our curiosity about the music and have come to value the importance of listening. Close listening to what we each do is an important part of our engagement with the music and with each other. We hope that you, the audience, might also listen closely and join us as we react to one another’s playing and spontaneously respond. Our name hints at the possibilities and magic of the imagination and we hope that you will open yourself up to the colors and images we seek to create with our soundscapes.
Ale, Nikolaj, Rune.
The three members of Dreamers’ Circus first encountered each other at a late night, post-concert jam session in Denmark over ten years ago. They immediately hit it off both on a musical and a personal level. Since then, the band has toured all over the Nordic countries and Europe, they’ve played the Sydney Opera House in Australia and have made a number of tours to Japan. Dreamers’ Circus has shared stages with folk luminaries such as The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Vasen and have been invited to compose and perform music for stage and television shows in Denmark. A Danish critic observed that, “playing violin, piano, accordion and cittern they dis-play a playful inventiveness allied with a Nordic sensibility that is at once refined and cool.”
Dreamers’ Circus have issued 5 CDs
‘A Little Symphony’ (2013) released on GoDanish GO0913
‘Second Movement’ (2015) released on GoDanish GO0315
‘Rooftop Sessions’ (2018) released on Vertical Records VERTCD112
‘Blue White Gold’ (2020) released on Vertical Records VERTCD122
‘The Lost Swans’ (2022) released on Vertical Records and GoDanish GO0322
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM THE STAGE BY THE PERFORMERS. THE NATURE OF DREAMERS’ CIRCUS MUSIC IS ESSENTIALLY SPONTANEOUS AND THE BAND PREFERS TO CHANGE AND VARY THEIR PROGRAM FROM SHOW TO SHOW.