Lighthouse Stories North Sea Summer Tour 2015

brus032_cover_2400x2400Sofie Livebrant has put passages from Jeanette Wintersons’ novel Lighthousekeeping to music. The novel tells the story of the orphaned girl Silver who grows up at the lighthouse in Cape Wrath with the blind lighthousekeeper Mr Pew. He tells her stories; about Tristan and Isolde, Captain Scott…This year we’re planning a longer lighthouse tour in Scotland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, tracing the paths of the old sailors.

“Tell me a story, Pew! What story child? One that begins again. Thats the story of life. But is it the story of my life? Only if you tell it”

A FILM TEASER CLICK HERE

These happenings around The North Sea will include a concert – Lighthouse Stories – with Sofie Livebrant, Hal Parfitt-Murray and Lisa Eriksson-Långbacka, but also the audience will contribute with their local stories and music.

‘I believe that storytelling is a way of navigating our lives. Fact are partial. Fiction is a more complete truth.  If we read ourselves as narrative, we can change the story that we are. If we read ourselves as literal and fixed, we find we can change nothing.’ (JW)

LIGHTHOUSE STORIES NORTH SEA SUMMER TOUR 2015

24/4 Nakkehoved Fyr, DK

29/4 CD Release Lighthouse Stories Stockholm, S

12/6 Odense, DK

13/6 Odense, DK

12/7 Ljungskile, S

14/7 Kullens fyrplats, S

16/7 Souter Lighthouse, UK

18/7 Fraserburgh, UK?

20/7 Cromarty, UK?

24/7 Marstein Fyr, N

26/7 Lindesnes Fyr, N

16/8 Stevns Fyr, DK

19/9 Lunds Kulturnatt, S

We are planning to travel mainly by a sailing boat – Hrimfare av Ranrike – the official UN boat in the project SAFE PLANET.

If you’d like the latest updates please click this link!

See you there?

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TRE KVINNOR!

- en musik&dikt performance av Sofie Livebrant om tre fantastiska författarinnor från tre århundraden och tre länder! “Deras historier blir till en historia, en människohistoria, en kärlekshistoria, en godnattsaga och din och min historia!” (fritt fr. J.W)

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Emily Dickinson 1830-1886 Amherst, USA

En av Amerikas största poeter, blev inte upptäckt förrän efter hennes död då systern samlade ihop 1850 dikter och publicerade dem postumt. Hon skrev om naturen, livet och döden. Älskade blommor, träd och glass. Efter 30 års ålder gick hon inte ut mer. Gifte sig aldrig. Klädde sig i vitt och skrev lappar…

Bind me, I still can sing//Banish, my mandolin strikes true within//Slay, and my soul shall rise//Chanting to paradise//Still thine

Karin Boye 1900-1940 Sverige

Sveriges brinnande 150 cm långa poet och ordgenius. Älskad av generation efter generation. Hon skrev dikter, böcker, översatte böcker och artiklar. Oerhört aktiv, spelade tennis, föreningsmänniska, var känd för sin skämtsamhet, hon var rolig. Hon bodde på många platser: Göteborg, älskade havet och klipporna, Huddinge, Östermalm, Uppsala och Berlin.

Du skall tacka dina gudar om de tvingar dig att gå där du inga fotspår har att lita på.

Du skall tacka dina gudar om de gör all skam till din. Du får söka tillflykt lite längre in –

Jeanette Winterson 1961- Manchester, UK

Nu levande geniförklarad författarinna, växte upp som fosterbarn i frälsningsarmens rörelse. Uppskattad predikant, men blev utkastad ur familjen och rörelsen när det visade sig att hon var kär i fiskhandlarens dotter. Hon älskar sagor, berättelser och älskar att byta tid och rum och sen blanda dem samman. Oerhört rolig och ju tuffare livshändelser, ju roligare skriver hon…Jag har träffat henne en gång och blev så “starstruck” att jag glömde mitt namn…Jag har tonsatt hennes bok Ligthhousekeeping, om en 10 årig flicka som växer upp i en fyr i Skottland.

My mother called me Silver. I was born part precious metal, part pirate. I have no father—My own father came out of the sea and went back that way. I lived in a house cut steep into the bank, the chairs had to be nailed to the floor. We ate food that stuck to the plate: shepherde pie, risotto, scrambled egg. Some people are raised on a hill, most of us are brought up on the flat. I came at life at an angle and thats how I’ve live ever since.

(Lighthousekeeping)

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Happy New Year with Emily Dickinsons’ favorite poetess sung by Sofie!

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Shall earth no more inspire thee

BY EMILY BRONTË

Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee
Shall Nature cease to bow?
Thy mind is ever moving
In regions dark to thee;
Recall its useless roving—
Come back and dwell with me.
I know my mountain breezes
Enchant and soothe thee still—
I know my sunshine pleases
Despite thy wayward will.
When day with evening blending
Sinks from the summer sky,
I’ve seen thy spirit bending
In fond idolatry.
I’ve watched thee every hour;
I know my mighty sway,
I know my magic power
To drive thy griefs away.
Few hearts to mortals given
On earth so wildly pine;
Yet none would ask a heaven
More like this earth than thine.
Then let my winds caress thee;
Thy comrade let me be—
Since nought beside can bless thee,
Return and dwell with me.
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No promises this year!

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While listening to “Treasure Island” of Robert Louis Stevenson, I get reminded to not do promises this Next Coming Year! So easy to fool myselves as others. We are all looking for the “treasures” of life and our eyes easily gets shaded at the glimpse of Gold, fortune or fame! As the pirates leaving every scruple for it. Instead of promises I will try to keep an eye on this matter…

This year for me has been an utterly “not possible to survive economically really”- year, but also therefore a year filled with several miracles! I don’t know why the money-rain has been pouring on my head instead of the poor people in town, as I see them every day, freezing their bodies off and sitting still in a most terrible loss of energy!…but it has and I have got all what I needed plus some extra miracles as as two beautiful trips in Europe, a fireplace at home to rest by, two record-releases, a fantastic trip to Scotland, Sweden and Norway to play on lighthouses. A beautiful family. Life can be so unfare! But I am fortunate! And better to be thankful than shameful. Better lead.

Something happened at Cape Wrath Ligthhouse – was it the Ozon-layer, almost a mysterious happening, some power was put in from the beautiful meadows. Before I was so close to end my music-buisness while the social environment has been so ruff these days. No one wants to give money for music! While coming home things started to change in my mind a lot of support showed up and now the Swedish Government has decided to give a great helping hand in next years big event – Ligthhouse Stories 2015 which is a miracle beyond my understanding. But real, so, now, I need to REST to manage to be a good Captain for next year, on this music/storytelling- ship that hopefully will enrich more people than myself….In Spring the full length album Lighthouse Stories, will see the daylight and I will tour with three of my favorite-poetesses BOYE, DICKINSON and WINTERSON during the coming season! All the thank you-s I write in another post. It will be too long! “Fifteen men on the dead mans chest, ho ho ho, and a bottle of rum!”. Happy New year and be nice with yourselves! S

 

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11 DEC Klingborn&Co Midsommarkransen

Välkomna på Sofie Livebrant – SOLO – gig tour…på Klingborn&Co – Stockholms bästa smörrebrödsrestaurang med specialkomponerade bröd & närproducerad öl – ledd av Sommelier Johanna Klingborn! Vattenledningsvägen 63.

From Here To Here capt: Johan Bergmark
From Here To Here capt: Johan Bergmark
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Autumn songs!

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Autumn’s here, the light is disappearing rapidly and next years seed is waiting under the earth…glowing, ripening, resting. Because soon, in a couple of months, it will outburst again and show their green beautiful faces…It is a time of holding ones energy….in the meantime I will do some music…

November gigs:

VÄXJÖ 6 nov with Svante Sjöblom

MALMÖ 7 nov with Svante Sjöblom

STOCKHOLM 11 nov Lidingö BokRelease/Ellen Jacobsson

STOCKHOLM 14 nov Autumn Songs at Folkets Hus Hornstull 

STOCKHOLM 23 nov Karin Boye Songs at Katarina Kyrka

 

 

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NK Bokhandel Söndag den 19 okt 14.00!

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Afternoon tea på NK Bokhandel med tema spännande kvinnor. Lyssna till Lisbeth Larsson som berättar om Promenader i Virginia Woolfs London, Merete Mazzarella om Själens nattsida: om Mary Shelley och hennes Frankenstein och Ulf Olsson om Berättelsen om Gertrud “Calle” Wallenberg: Mannerheims sista kärlek. Sofie Livebrant har gjort fantastiska tonsättningar av dikter av bl.a. Emily Dickinson och Karin Boye. På söndag sjunger och berättar hon mer. Ingen entre!

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