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 and members include Fredrik Bock-theorbe, Per Bure-barockviolin, Karin Hellqvist- violin, Poul  Low-whistle

Together with composer Rolf Wallin  Holmertz Karlsson have formed the trio SCRATCH

New CD released January on LAWO


Botschaft des Ridicolas

Helmuth Lachenmann Got Lost

Jon Øivind Ness Meditationer over Georges Latour

Rolf Wallin...though what made it has gone

Elisabeth Holmertz sopran

Kenneth Karlsson piano, indisk harmonium


Holmertz och Karlsson arbetade tillsammans för första gången 2005 i Henrik Hellstenius opera ”Ophelias:death by water singing”. En opera med Elisabeth i titelrollen. Efter det bjöds Holmertz in till flera projekt med ensemble Cikada där Karlsson är konstnärlig ledare. Ett av dessa mynnade ut i den kritikerrosade cd’ ”Nordheim” som blev nominerad till Spellemannsprisen

Duon bildades i Juli 2010 på Karlssons födelsedag. Sent på sommarnatten, efter några glas bättre vin, började de spontant spela svensk romantik och popsånger, och därmed var duon Kenneth Karlsson- Elisabeth Holmertz var född.

De laborerar numera inom ett stort musikalisk spektrum. En väsentlig del av deras arbete är nutida klassisk musik och samarbete med vår tids ledande tonsättare som Helmuth Lachenmann Klaus Lang Rolf Wallin, Carola Bauckholt  mfl. Duon har också ett brinnande intresse för lieder, skandinavisk romantik och att framföra känd musik på nya och annorlunda vis, som Bob Dylan, Josephine Foster etc, tillsammans med Karlssons indiska harmonium.

Elisabeth Holmertz-Kenneth Karlsson har även bildat gruppen Vollen United. En genre-överskridande experimentell grupp som uppträder med olika besättningar. Medlemmar är bl.a Fredrik Bock-theorbe, Per Bure-barockviolin, Karin Hellqvist- violin Poul Hexbro flöjt slagverk.

Tillsammans med komponist Rolf Wallin har Holmertz-Karlsson också trion Scratch




Selected programs


Botschaft des Ridicolas

Helmuth Lachenmann : Got Lost 2009 30 min

Robert Schumann : Dichterkreis (Lieder-remix) ca 15-20 min



Got Lost

Jon Øivind Ness : Meditationer over Georges de la Tour 2017 16 min

Rebecca Saunders : Shadow 10 min

Helmuth Lachenmann : Got Lost 2009 30 min


Scratch : music by Rolf Waliln

Seven Imperatives 20 min  /Three Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke 15 min /

Remix, Impro, Electric Ballons/...though what made it has gone 16 min

Scratch




Selection of repertoir

Klaus Lang : Den Arme Sangboken,( commission  2017)

Klaus Lang : Die Tage des Fastens und die Tage der doppelten Vollkommenheit 1min

Rolf Wallin :  ...though what made it has gone 16 min (commission)

Rolf Waliln :  Seven Imperatives 20 min (piano)

Rolf Wallin :  Three Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke 15 min

Helmuth Lachenmann : Got Lost 2009 30 min

Wolgang Rihm : Drei Hölderlin-gedichte 10 min

Georg-Friedrich Haas : … wie stille brannte das Licht 2009, 20 min

Carola Bauckholdt : Emil / Die Alte (voice solo) / Vollmond under null (voice, piano) 15

Lene Grenager : Spinning Jenny 2017 10 min  (commission)

Jon Øivind Ness : Meditationer over Georges de la Tour 2017 16 min (commission)

Henrik Hellstenius : As the last blow falls 2013 13min

Liza Lim : Our embraces are a banquet of revolving time (sop, harm) 10 min

Laurence Crane : Tour de France Statistic  6 min

Tansy Davies : Static, This Love, Greenhouse

Tansy Davies : Song of pure nothingness (voice harmonium, commission) 16

Geoges Crumb  :The Sleeper 4 min

Robert Schumann : Dichterliebe (lieder-remix) 15-25 min

Francis Poulenc : Tel jour, telle nuit 15

Maurice Ravel :  3 poems de Ste`phan Mallarme´  11 min

Scandinavian romantic songs  by Ture Rangström, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger,  Signe Lund, Conrad Baden, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Halfdan Kjerulf , Evert Taub....

Songs for voice and Indian harmonium by Bob Dylan Josephine Foster, Cyndie Lauper, the Cure....


Pianosolos Saunders, Dillon, Nono, Ravel  Brahms etc....




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