Concert 23.8

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A unique performance by the Umeå band Winhill/Losehill kicks off the season. A delicate musing about love and breaking up. About continuing to live when everything else has ground to a halt.

The first foundation stones of Winhill/Losehill's acclaimed début album Swing of Sorrow were laid in a basement in the Umeå neighbourhood of Haga. The band's music developed as part of the grieving process undergone by vocalist and songwriter Jonas Svennem after he lost his mother to cancer. Svennem began composing music as a way of dealing with his loss, and he asked friend and poet Carl Åkerlund to write the lyrics for the music.

After five years of painstaking and dedicated work, their début album, containing 19 emotional songs, was released in February 2012; some with meticulous and soulful orchestral arrangements, others, stripped-down live takes. The band's critically-acclaimed album was embraced by equally enthusiastic audiences when the band toured around Sweden last year.

Their timeless, unique sound and delicate songs are at their finest in this unique concert, now in a new and larger format, performed together with NorrlandsOperan's full symphony orchestra. The music from Swing of Sorrow was arranged and reworked for this occasion during the spring of this year, although entirely new songs and compositions will also have their première at the NorrlandsOperan concert.

The conductor for the evening, Hans Ek, is regularly asked to work both within Sweden and internationally in innovative orchestral contexts and has also arranged parts of the evening's programme. With the six-man band and orchestra working on stage in symbiosis, we promise a thoroughly special, not to mention magnificent event.

Song and clavier: Jonas Svennem Lundberg
Guitar: Daniel Nyström
Bass: Petrus Sjövik
Drums: Henrik Nybom
Clavier: Kalle Lundin
Lyrics: Carl Åkerlund

NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Hans Ek

NO Club with DJ in the Bar after the concert.