World-famous Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter collaborates with the American string quartet Brooklyn Rider to perform works by Caroline Shaw, Colin Jacobsen, Nico Muhly, Björk, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush and many others. The result is a programme so brilliant and colourful in many ways that it forms one of the highlights of the festival.
Pieces of music are often stuffed into pigeonholes even though there are so many factors that interconnect the various genres. When Von Otter and Brooklyn Rider put this concert programme together, they ignored such artificial designations as classical, jazz or pop by simply keying in on whether the music was meaningful for them or not. In order to create a natural blend from the human voice and the sounds of the strings, they looked for the works of the best composers, songwriters and arrangers they could find.