Elisabeth Holmertz soprano
Kenneth Karlsson piano, Indian harmonium
Holmertz and Karlsson worked together for the first time in 2005 in the opera Ophelias:death by water singing by Henrik Hellstenius, where Elisabeth sang the main part. After this, the Cikada ensemble (Karlsson is the artistic leader) invited Holmertz to sing on several projects. One of these became the critically acclaimed CD “Nordheim”, that was also nominated for a Norwegian Grammy award.
The Duo was formed at Karlssons birthday party, in the summer of 2010. Late in the night Holmertz/Karlsson spontaneously started to perform Swedish romantic music pop songs etc. and the duo was formed
Kenneth Karlsson- Elisabeth Holmertz work within a large musical spectrum. A big part of their work is contemporary classical music and working closely with the composers like Helmuth Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, Rolf Wallin, Carola Bauckholt. They also have a burning passion for lieder, Swedish romantics and performing known music in new and different ways; like Bob Dylan, Josephine Foster etc. often using Karlsson’s Indian harmonium.
Elisabeth Holmertz-Kenneth Karlsson also have formed the group VOLLEN UNITED. An experimental group that mixes genres like baroque, contemporary, pop, and improvisation. Vollen United appears in different shapes, musicians include Fredrik Bock-theorbe, Per Bure-barockviolin, Karin Hellqvist- violin, Poul Høxbro Low-whistle
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