SUNNIVA BRYNNEL – FROM BOHUSLÄN TO BOSTON
AN ACCORDION JOURNEY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
Sunniva Brynnel is an accordionist, singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer from the Swedish West Coast who has seven generations of female musicians in her direct ancestry. She studied Irish traditional music at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin, a bachelor’s degree in jazz composition at Leeds College of Music, England, and a Masters in Contemporary Improvisation at prestigious New England Conservatory in Boston. She has toured in the US, and played in Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Slovakia, Turkey and Scandinavia. Sunniva Brynnel is the recipient of Albin Hagströms Minnesfond’s scholarship for accordionists through the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, as well as Anders Holger Gustafssons Musikfond’s scholarship.
In this solo performance, she performs traditional music and songs collected during her travels, with the folk music of her native area Bohuslän as her musical foundation.
DURATION OF THE PERFORMANCE: 50 minutes – 1 hour
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Jerusalem Forest, an original composition by Sunniva, inspired by all the Mizrahi music she heard during a winter spent in Tel Aviv. Performed in a cabin in the Swedish woods:
Maoz Tzur, inspired by – and recorded during – a long stay in Tel Aviv:
Da Lounge Bar, composed by Annlaug Børsheim from Norway:
An Ocean Apart – composed for a Swedish friend and his Vietnamese fiancée, composed during the Corona outbreak, March 2020:
Another song composed in a time of isolation during the Corona outbreak, March 2020, on the beautiful instrument sansula. Lyrics based on a poem by Kåre Landfald:
Free improvisation to the sound of rain: