I'm writing this post from my folk's house in Cincinnati, Ohio. I can't believe that my life as a Swede has come to an end, but I am so thankful for all of the wonderful memories that I'm taking away from the past three years! I never imagined that I would be able to create and take part in so many projects with musicians from all around the world, let alone travel to so many cool places! I can't wait to see what the next adventure will bring!
Our final tour in Sweden was definitely a memorable one. Four concerts in Norrland (the northern part of Sweden), all different, and each faced its own natural obstacles and rewards. I'll share some pictures now, but stay tuned for some amazing video footage by our great videographer that joined us on the whole trip, August Sandström.
The first concert was in Älvsbyn, a small town about an hour and a half north and inland from where we lived. We performed at Hotell Storforsen (translated as "large rapids"), a well-known hotspot for its beautiful setting near the falls. Our plan was to perform at the Chapel, which had a wonderful view of the wilderness and a quaint cabin-feel, and then perform a large improvisation outside using the powerful sound of the water to our advantage. However, due to inclement weather, we were only able to perform the indoor concert. It was a great start to the tour and we ended up using the sound of the raindrops on the building to our advantage...so there was still a strong natural element to the music making!
Next, we performed in our "hometown", Piteå. The weather was beautiful, although quite cold! In past years it's been warm and sunny in June, so even the locals were complaining about the brisk temperatures. We just added a few extra layers of clothing, donated our instrument-moving blankets to the audience, and did our best to keep our hands warm while performing! (check out the live recording of our Solstormen Set: Taxi to Kallax, Dancing Lights, and Seven Forty One - Three pieces, composed/improvised/performed by Ensemble Evolution)
Thanks to everyone who made this tour possible. The team: Angela, Anna, Jake, Charles, August, and Henrik. The sponsors: Hotell Storforsen, Älvsbyn Kommun, Piteå Kommun, Kluster, Treehotel, and LTU. It was a great way to end our Swedish residency.