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Dreamers' Circus

Saturday 11th May 2019

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“Charisma, talent and a powerful performance onstage.”

Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen Violin
Nikolaj Busk Accordion and Piano
Ale Carr Cittern

With individual backgrounds in folk, classical and jazz, dazzling Danish trio Dreamers’ Circus first made waves after they formed in 2009 performing their customised version of Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto on piano, cittern and fiddle with the Copenhagen Philharmonic. Their music brilliantly encapsulates flamboyant technical prowess, boundless imagination and instant melodic appeal.

”They are world class. Now the world needs to hear them.” - SingOut!

”Dreamers’ Circus does for Nordic folk music, what Astor Piazolla and the tango nuevo did for Argentinian folk music.” – Politiken (Denmark)

”The essence of their music is a clarity - and often simplicity - of ideas that they develop with virtuosity, deep feeling, marvelous strength of character, and a fantastic collective ear for arrangement and texture.”  The Herald

Presented by NCH



Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, Violin

Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen is from Roskilde on the outskirts of Copenhagen in Denmark. He started playing violin when he was five years old. In 2001 he founded the Danish String Quartet, which is one of the leading chamber music quartets in Europe. This Grammy nominated ensemble has won many prizes and awards.  Rune’s father is from the Faroe Islands that lie in the north Atlantic between the west coast of Norway and Iceland. His own upbringing was in a family that valued traditional music, song and dance. Before he devoted his life to full-time touring with Dreamers’ Circus and the Danish String Quartet, Rune was leader of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra while still in his early twenties.
Rune plays a  Giovanni Baptista Guadagnini violin which is generously loaned to him by the Goof Foundation. His bow is by Eugene Sartory (1910).

Nikolaj Busk, Accordion and Piano

Danish born Nikolaj Busk has been a significant figure on the Danish music scene for a number of years now and is in much demand as a composer and music arranger across a number of musical genres. He has won no less than 13 Danish Music Awards for his releases and collaborates with various artists. Nikolaj has written music for other ensembles, choirs, orchestras and theater performances.
Nikolaj’s accordion is by Pietro Mario

Ale Carr, Cittern

Hailing from the southern Swedish region of Skåne, Ale Carr was raised in a family of folk musicians and dancers. His style incorporates a strongly developed rhythmic drive coupled with a sensitivity that always seeks to serve the music.  He is recognized as one of Scandinavia’s most talented folk musicians and leading innovators on plucked string instruments. Also a highly respected composer, he was presented with a Danish Music Award as Composer of the Year in 2015. Apart from his work as a member of Dreamers’ Circus, he also toured with the folk music group Basco.
Ale plays a Nordic Cittern,designed by the Swedish luthier Christer  Ådin. He uses Thomastik- Infeld strings.