When-I-close_2When I close my eyes, I dream of peace – a piece for mixed choir in many languages. My peace project.

The title and text of this piece is only one sentence long. I found it in a book, said by an unidentified 11-year-old Croatian boy during the Balkan Wars.

The sentence is sung here in a dozen different languages from different cultures and regions of the world: English, Russian, Mandarin, Swahili, Albanian, Croatian, Finnish, Swedish. Many of the melodies are built on scales from the regions where the languages are spoken.

The piece will be published by Gehrmans in April.


San Francisco & New York

The Kronos Quartet and Ritva Koistinen will perform All Those Strings! on February 5 in San Franciso for the Kronos Festival 2016, and on April 2 at Carnegie Hall in New York.


On my desk:

• A new work for the dynamic Ensemble Alpaca from Trondhem, Norway

• A musical setting of Gevður Kristný’s book-length poem Bloodhoof, a retelling of an Eddic saga, for ensemble recherche and Lena Willemark.
See a video from a workshop with the musicians

5 February 2016, 7:30 pm

All Those Strings!
Ritva Koistinen, kantele, Kronos Quartet
SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco

9 February 2016, 20:00

Martin Fahlenbock, flute/ensemble recherche
Morat-Institut, Freiburg

26 February 2016, 12:00

Var inte rädd för mörkret/ Do not fear the darkness
The radio listener’s favourites
Swedish Radio Choir. Conductor: Lone Larsen
Radiohuset, Studio 2, Stockholm

2 April 2016, 7:30 pm

All Those Strings!
Ritva Koistinen, kantele, Kronos Quartet
Carnegie Hall, New York

2 April 2016, 17:00

Sleep now
Helena Ek, soprano, Anna Svensdotter, flute, Peter Janson, double bass
Stenhammarkyrkan, Lidköping. Arr: Lidköpings Kammarmusikförening

16, 22 and 23 April 2016, 18:00

When I close my eyes, I dream of peace
VoNo/Voces Nordicae. Conductor: Lone Larsen
Fotografiska, Stockholm

15 May 2016

When I close my eyes, I dream of peace
Sankt Petri Youth Choir. Conductor: Alexander Einarsson
Sankt Petri Kyrka, Malmö

17 May 2016, 19:00

Valv/ Vaults
Stockholm Chamber Brass
Musikaliska, Stockholm

22 May 2016, 18:00

When I close my eyes, I dream of peace
Campus Gotland’s Chamber Choir, Karin Eklundh, conductor
Almedalsbiblioteketet, Visby

12 June 2016

Valv/ Vaults
Stockholm Chamber Brass
Sibelius Academy, International Brass Festival, Helsinki

22 June 2016, 1:00 pm

Valv/ Vaults
Stockholm Chamber Brass
St Magnus Cathedral. St Magnus Festival, Orkney


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