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Nordic Cool 2013

Music

On this page: List of all the festival events in the Music genre.
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Gustaf Sjökvist’s Chamber Choir

Founded in 1994, the 33-member, Swedish Grammi–nominated choir's repertoire consists mainly of contemporary Swedish classical music. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Tue., Feb. 19, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Opening Concert: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Sakari Oramo, conductor / Inger Dam-Jensen, soprano

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra plays a program of Nordic works with Danish soprano Inger Dam-Jensen, "who has everything--great looks, a sparkling voice that never loses its quality, glittering allure, and intensity" (The Financial Times).

Tue., Feb. 19, 2013, 7:30 PM

Concert Hall

$10.00 - $64.00

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Tango-orkesteri Unto

The key ingredients of the Finnish tango are longing and passion, and the six virtuosos salute the classic Finnish tango repertoire with their freshly nuanced and powerful renditions. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Wed., Feb. 20, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Gaup Sisters

The three sisters perform a program of  joik, a traditional form of song of the Sami people (the indigenous people of the northern Nordic region) and is one of the oldest forms of musical expression in existence. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Midaircondo featuring Michala Østergaard-Nielsen

Midaircondo, joined here by percussionist Michala Østergaard-Nielsen, explores avant-garde sound art, electronica, jazz and melancholic pop, and is known for its visual and improvised concerts.

Thu., Feb. 21, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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Ibrahim Electric

The eclectic, jazz-based trio from Copenhagen, Denmark creates experimental music that draws from a wide variety of genres, including jazz, pop, afro, and funk. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Fri., Feb. 22, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Olli Hirvonen Quartet

Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen's quartet has been the main outlet of his creative vision since 2008.

Fri., Feb. 22, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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Kroumata

With more than 30 years of unparalleled performances, the ensemble has brought percussion from the back row of the orchestra to center stage through a strong commitment to contemporary percussion music. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Sat., Feb. 23, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Terje Isungset's Icemusic

One of Norway's most innovative and distinctive percussionists, Terje Isungset collects material from nature and creates new instruments. For Icemusic, he carves instruments out of pure ice, including from the 600-year-old Jostedal glacier.

Sat., Feb. 23, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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Iceland Airwaves: FM Belfast, Retro Stefson, and Sóley

One of the world’s premier annual showcases for new music, Iceland Airwaves presents three bands--electropop group FM Belfast, pop septet Retro Stefson, and delicate electronic pop songstress Sóley. Supported by Icelandair, Iceland Naturally, and the Embassy of Iceland in Washington, D.C. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Sun., Feb. 24, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Vikingur Ólafsson, piano

Hailed by the London Times as a "rising star of the piano," Icelandic pianist and graduate of the Juilliard School Víkingur Ólafsson has collaborated with musicians ranging from Björk to Martin Fröst.

Mon., Feb. 25, 2013, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$29.00

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Signmark

Creator of the world’s first sign language hip hop DVD, Finland's Signmark uses strong bass beats with low frequencies to adapt to rap and hip hop rhythms along with vocalist Brandon Bauer. In cooperation with VSA. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Tue., Feb. 26, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Eivør

While her roots are in Faroese ballads, the singer/songwriter has a wide range of interests in many kinds of music, from rock, jazz, folk, pop, to European classical music. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Wed., Feb. 27, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Skaran

The folk trio plays Swedish traditional tunes along with its own compositions bursting with attitude and joy. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Thu., Feb. 28, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Image for National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Pekka Kuusisto, violin - Sibelius's Symphony No. 7

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Pekka Kuusisto, violin - Sibelius's Symphony No. 7

Christoph Eschenbach conducts Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, whom The Guardian says "may be the best thing to happen to classical music in years." Hear him play Lindberg's Violin Concerto on a program with works by Sibelius and Saariaho.

Feb. 28 - Mar. 2, 2013

Concert Hall

$10.00 - $85.00

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Gjermund Larsen Trio

Praised for his technical and emotional musicality, award-winning Norwegian violinist/fiddler and composer Gjermund Larsen performs with Andreas Utnem (organ & piano) and Sondre Meisfjord (double bass).

Thu., Feb. 28, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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Unni Løvlid

The highly respected Norwegian folk singer-songwriter was voted 2006 “Traditional Musician of the Year” in Norway. She performs with double bassist Håkon Thelin and Ingar Hunskaar on electronics. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Fri., Mar. 1, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Yggdrasil

Based in the Faroe Islands, Yggdrasil was founded by the Danish composer and pianist Kristian Blak, a 2011 nominee of the Nordic Council Music Prize. Its works draw ideas from ethnic material and improvisation ranges from free to classical style.

Fri., Mar. 1, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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The Hemsing Sisters

Norwegian violinists Ragnhild & Eldbjørg Hemsing have been playing together since the ages of seven and five, when they first played for the Norwegian Royal Family at the National Theatre in Oslo.

Sat., Mar. 2, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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Tord Gustavsen Ensemble

Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, led by the pianist, has been a solid fixture on the Norwegian jazz scene for many years. The Guardian describes his sound as "meditative but subtly gospel-tinged."

Sun., Mar. 3, 2013, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$29.00

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Rasmus Lyberth / Greta Sundström

A Greenlander, singer/songwriter Lyberth has captivated Danish and Greenlandic audiences since the 1970s and is increasingly popular with international audiences. An Åland Islander, accordion virtuoso Sundström is master of a vast repertoire ranging from classical pieces to folk music and dance-friendly pop tunes. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Mon., Mar. 4, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Fortas Chamber Music Concert: Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano, in recital

As part of the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool 2013 festival, Grammy-nominated Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter performs in recital with pianist Bengt Forsberg, also from Sweden.

Mon., Mar. 4, 2013, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$45.00

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Image for Iceland Symphony Orchestra: Ilan Volkov, conductor

Iceland Symphony Orchestra: Ilan Volkov, conductor

Led by music director Ilan Volkov, Iceland Symphony Orchestra plays a work by Sibelius as well as the U.S. premiere of two works by Icelandic composers and is joined by pianist Garrick Ohlsson for Grieg's Piano Concerto.

Mon., Mar. 4, 2013, 7:30 PM

Concert Hall

$10.00 - $64.00

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Duo Harpverk

From Iceland, harpist Katie Buckley and percussionist Frank Aarnink came together in 2007 with the intention to commission and perform music from young composers. To date, they have commissioned more than 60 pieces from composers in Iceland and all over the world. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Tue., Mar. 5, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Sousou and Maher Cissoko

The Swedish/Senegalese couple, winners of the “Best Newcomer” prize at the 2010 Swedish Folk and World Music Gala and “Band of the Year” in 2011, combines a variety of styles, influences, and techniques in its music. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Wed., Mar. 6, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Nanook

One of the best-known bands in Greenland, the group tours internationally and is quickly gathering new fans despite the fact that their songs are sung entirely in Greenlandic. Their songs have been featured in the Discovery Channel’s series Flying Wild Alaska. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Thu., Mar. 7, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Image for National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Music of Mahler, Schubert & Mozart

National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Music of Mahler, Schubert & Mozart

Experience a program of vocal wonder with a selection of Schubert Lieder and Mozart's Requiem. Christoph Eschenbach conducts Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, guest vocalists, and the University of Maryland Concert Choir.

Mar. 7 - 9, 2013

Concert Hall

$10.00 - $85.00

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Caroline Henderson

Danish vocalist Caroline Henderson's joie de vivre, passion, and uncompromising attitude were always the driving forces behind her career, making her a true diva of jazz.

Thu., Mar. 7, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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Danish National Girls’ Choir

Since its founding in 1938, the choir combines old song traditions with new music, always working to develop the strong Danish choir tradition. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Fri., Mar. 8, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio

Proclaimed an "impressive newcomer" by the Village Voice, Icelandic pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs and her Trio bridge the Brooklyn/Reykjavik jazz divide by combining the elegance of the European approach with a fiery New York drive.

Fri., Mar. 8, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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Wimme

From Finland, the Sami joik singer’s music has been described as "shamanistic chant meets modern soundscapes." Joik has certain elements in common with Native American music, most importantly a reverence for the earth and the elements. Part of Nordic Cool 2013.

Sat., Mar. 9, 2013, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Jacob Anderskov's Agnostic Revelations

Danish pianist, composer, and bandleader Jacob Anderskov has performed all over the world and previously wowed D.C. audiences with his "edgy, evocative compositions" (JazzTimes).

Sat., Mar. 9, 2013

Terrace Gallery

$25.00

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Image for Fortas Chamber Music Concert: Juho Pohjonen, piano

Fortas Chamber Music Concert: Juho Pohjonen, piano

One of the brightest young instrumental talents to emerge from Finland today, pianist Juho Pohjonen plays works by Grieg, Nielsen, and Mozart in his Fortas debut as part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival.

Tue., Mar. 12, 2013, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$28.00

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Fortas Chamber Music Concert: Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Denmark's Trio con Brio Copenhagen bring a program of Ravel's luminous Trio and Mendelssohn's brooding and passionate C minor Trio, as well as Bent Sørensen's Phantasmagoria and Per Nørgård's new work, After the Dream.

Wed., Mar. 13, 2013, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$28.00

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Image for The Kennedy Center Chamber Players play Nielsen, Prokofiev & Schubert

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players play Nielsen, Prokofiev & Schubert

The Kennedy Center Chamber Players play Nielsen's Serenata in vano, plus Prokofiev's Quintet and more.

Sun., Mar. 17, 2013, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$35.00

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