Piteå, Sweden. A small town tucked away in the northern part of the country, most noted for its at times smelly paper mill. It was an unassuming place for so many musicians to thrive. But, we did.
Charles and I met in 2010 when our percussion mentor, Anders Åstrand, introduced us via email. I had been living in Piteå for a post-graduate experience studying with Anders, and Charles was interested in joining me. He did so in the fall of 2010, and we formed the group Ensemble Evolution. So began a crazy 2 years of making music, learning Swedish, having fika, and enjoying the wonders that the artic had to offer us – including moose sightings, pitepalt, neighboring novelty accommodations such as the Ice Hotel and Tree Hotel and more. Nordlig vinter is a product of this amazing adventure.
In 2012 we parted ways, and now live on opposite sides of the world. I cannot wait to welcome Charles, an Aussie native, to Boston for this series of events in May. To bring his original compositions to the Scandinavian Cultural Center will be such a treat for us. We’ll be pairing our music with stories about our Swedish experience, recounting those endless winters, and even project photos and videos that inspired the music!