August 8, 2023
Dreamers' Circus 2023-2024 Season Highlights

“…One moment they were whistling and vocalising over a perky accordion melody, next they were into Vivaldi’s Four Seasons…They ranged gleefully through brisk Scandinavian dances…fiddle, accordion and cittern ebbing and flowing with unadulterated zest.”
The Scotsman

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

Dreamers’ Circus is an award-winning trio of remarkable, classically-trained Scandinavian musicians who play original Nordic folk music, infused with jazz, pop, and classical sensibilities. The trio, based in Copenhagen, are hugely popular and critically acclaimed in Denmark. They have taken home five Danish Music Awards and were named 2023 Artist of the Year by the Danish national classical radio channel P2 (the first non-classical group to earn that honor). Their official line-up is fiddle, cittern and piano/accordion, but collectively, they also play ukelele, guitar, keyboard/ synthesizer, kannel (a Northern-European box zither), and clog fiddle (a Swedish instrument made from a wooden clog), among others.  

Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ale Carr (cittern) is recognized as one of the leading players of plucked string instruments in Nordic folk music today. He has won five Danish Music Awards in addition to the ones he earned with Dreamers’ Circus.  Nikolai Busk (piano/accordion) is a composer and pianist who grew up on traditional Danish songs as well as Louis Armstrong and the Beatles before being “adopted,” as he puts it, by folk music. Violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen is probably best known to US audiences as a violinist in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed Danish String Quartet. Lesser known fact: he also studied church organ and was formerly concertmaster of the Copenhagen Philharmonic. 

North American Tour Dates, 2023-2024

Oct 7, 2023 / Middlebury, VT / Middlebury College Performing Arts Series (with Livestream)
Oct 8, 2023 / Princeton, NJ / Princeton University Concerts 
Oct 9, 2023 / Phoenix, AZ / Musical Instrument Museum 
Oct 10, 2023 / San Luis Obispo, CA / Cal Poly Arts 
Oct 12, 2023 / Costa Mesa, CA / Philharmonic Society of Orange County 
Oct 13, 2023 / Los Angeles, CA / UCLA Center for the Art of Performance 
Oct 15, 2023 / San Francisco, CA / Noe Music 
Oct 17, 2023 / Davis, CA / Mondavi Center at UC Davis 
Oct 18, 2023 / Davis, CA / Mondavi Center at UC Davis 

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