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Lux Boreal #2

Adult, 1 day ticket 18€

Student/ pensioner, 1 day ticket 14€

Adult, 2 day ticket 30€

Student/ pensioner, 2 day ticket 25€

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Lux Boreal :: A nomadic festival of Nordic music

This Spring Lux Boreal is coming to Sibelius Museum.  During these two evenings the nomadic festival presents Johanna Elina Sulkunen (FI/DK), Christian Wallumrød Ensemble (NO), Johanna Borchert (DK/DE) and Lovisa Samuelsson (SE), composers that are playfully shaping their own musical language by creating pathways between pop, jazz, contemporary classical, and electronic music. 

Lux Boreal is a nomadic festival that presents visionary Nordic composers on a concert tour throughout Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Between April 26th and May 13th, these 4 ensembles are on the road together to play at 7 concert venues. The audience is invited in to explore a musical landscape of the Nordics in the present day, which is in a very real way border-crossing across genres, institutions, and national lines. Here, a new atlas of Nordic music is drawn, less fascinated with historical preservation, focusing instead on a Nordic culture in constant formation. Because like Lux Boreal, the music is also always in motion.

Thursday 27.4.

Johanna Borchert (DE/DK)

Since her first song album FM Biography, both jazz and pop audiences have been deeply impressed by Johanna Borchert. German public radio station BR5 declared the record a “masterpiece of quiet tones” and the Süddeutsche Zeitung heard “a new cosmos of sound full of harmoniously balanced contrasts”. Many journalists drew comparisons to Laurie Anderson and Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos and Björk as well as to the later work of Kate Bush. 

Now the multi-award-winning song poet, singer and pianist has released the powerful new album Amniotic, which again positions itself between genres. At the center of the songs and improvisations is her refined playing on the grand piano, rooted in jazz and classical music, with her dynamic, charismatic voice.The songs of Amniotic are intense, sonically revolving around the theme of the development of life before, during and immediately after birth. 

Johanna Borchert – piano and vocals

Simon Toldam – keyboards 

Peter Bruun – drums

‘…central to my experience of the music on Amniotic is Johanna Borchert herself – as composer, pianist and vocalist. Her performance in the three sports is awe-inspiring, magical, in some places mysterious / dramatic, in some places straightforward and straight to the point. As a work, as an aesthetic, Amniotic is shocking, surprising, impressive. In moments almost sacral, in others almost symphonically rocking – a track like Faster than Light reminds, for example, about some of the early Genesis tracks. But Joanna Borchert’s strength is that she – as a composer, pianist and singer – really stands out as innovative and creative, original and visionary, technically capable and artistically rich.’ Ivan Rod, music journalist Copenhagen




Johanna Elina Sulkunen (FIN)

Johanna Sulkunen is a Finnish experimental vocalist, composer and improviser based in Copenhagen since 2009. She has released two critically acclaimed solo albums as Johanna Elina and is a part of the award winning vocal ensemble IKI. In 2018 she launched the experimental solo project Sonority, and ever since the symbiosis of vocals and electronics have been in the center of her career. She is a frequent collaborator with other artists as well and has performed with iconic jazz & improv musicians such as Tomasz Stanko, Axel Dörner, Koichi Makigami and many others. Likewise she has worked with various interdisciplinary projects, collaborating with dancers,poets and filmmakers. Originally labeled as an exciting voice on the alternative jazz scene, Sulkunen has expanded her range of work to span everything from jazz experimental pop to free improvisation, electronic music and avant-garde.

“An artist who dares to take the step far beyond the established” -LIRA