If you have been following my Facebook page you will know that things have not stood still since the last time I updated this blog just over a year ago…! But now it’s time for an update here too.
After a great autumn in the UK, touring with some of my bands and commencing work on Connecting Threads, my second klingande utställning (exhibition with live performance) with generous support from Kulturbryggan, I’m now back in Stockholm. It’s great to catch up with friends on this side of the sea again, and there are some exciting times ahead. I’m very happy to announce that my duo Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson will be heading into the studio in August to record our debut album, to be released on the innovative Swedish label Playing With Music.
Last week I received the wonderful news that my new project Reflections with Scottish fiddler Sarah-Jane Summers has received a big grant from Statens musikverk (Music Development and Heritage Sweden). The funding means that we can now go ahead and put our ideas into practice, which we are thrilled about! Solo fiddle traditions from Sweden, Scotland and Norway form our musical starting point, and we will also be incorporating visual elements into the project. We will be showcasing our new material in a mini tour in Sweden at the end of the year, so keep a look out for tour dates.
This spring I’ve been working on some new material with my baroque violin duo with Elin Nilsson, and we’re looking forward to sharing some of it in the stunning surroundings of Tyska kyrkan in Gamla Stan as part of Stockholm Culture Night on 26th April. Hope to see you there!