The award-winning folk trio have released a music book titled ‘Handed On’, featuring 58 melodies based on traditional songs and accompanying videos
Circus of Dreamers launched a new project with the aim of renewing folk music, creating new traditions and ensuring the journey of music to future generations. “Handed On” is a songbook release with 58 new tunes accompanied by YouTube video recordings. The trio recently celebrated their launch with a concert in Denmark Den Kind Diamond.
Established in 2009, Circus of Dreamers includes the Danish violinist Tonsgaard Sorensen RuneSwedish cittern player Ale Carrand Danish pianist and accordionist Nikolaj Busk. Each with their unique approaches to music, their sound is characterized by their Nordic roots with styles that are both joyful and nostalgic.
The trio released their first EP in 2010 and have since created four critically acclaimed albums – who have earned their place on the international folk scene – and won awards both at The roots of the Danish Music Awards (DMA) 2020 and to 2021 Carl Prizen price.
Growing up with folk music, the trio realized that for the tradition surrounding the genre to survive into new generations, it couldn’t stay stagnant – a major reason for creating “Handed On”. Knowing that folk music has a unifying quality that has endured for hundreds of years, Dreamers’ Circus hopes to continue its legacy.
“The three of us share a great love for traditional folk music which we grew up with in Denmark and Sweden respectively,” the trio said. in the press release. “Folk music is characterized by being ‘social music’, where precisely transmission and renewal are important for the survival of the genre,” they explained. “Now we want to give folk music some love back by launching the ‘Handed On’ project, which should be seen as a contemporary addition to the existing repertoire.”
Composed of melodies categorized into Bronze, Silver, Gold and Master playing levels, “Handed On” guarantees its accessibility to beginners and professional musicians of all ages and levels of musical education. The Bronze chapter also includes learner sticker rewards.
In addition, YouTube videos of Dreamers’ Circus are available to play along to each of the melodies in each level of play. This video initiative is also designed to encourage the sharing of learned melodies and the uploading of new melodies that can be shared with others.
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This month, the trio invited 50 guest artists to perform with them whenever a “Handed On” tune made its stage debut. In a celebration of Nordic music, artists included the Zapolski Strings, Poul Lendal, folk group Vesselil, Mads Hansen’s Kapel, as well as young people from Roskilde School of Music.
Dreamers’ Circus was recently named as one of three new special sets of The Norwegian Art Foundation. They have also been named “City Musicians” in the Danish municipality of Roskilde from 2021 to 2023. After playing twice this summer at the Roskilde Festival alongside the Danish String Quartet — of which Rune Tonsgaard is a member — and with a folk dance number, the trio also toured the United States and Japan earlier this year.