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Sophie Dunér: Musical Omnivore


Sophie Dunér: Musical Omnivore

But above all Miss Dunér is a composer who also indulges in her iconic blend of vocalastics. Not surprisingly she has been featured in Donne: Women in Music! A fascinating journey through time documented in a new space dedicated to female composers created by the brilliant soprano and tireless campaigner for women composers, Gabriella Di Laccio. Her music is a constant and continuing and haunting dialogue with both musical tradition – folk, classical, opera, Blues and Jazz – and with the ever-changing avant-garde of free improvisation In her vivid studio recordings and stage performances her vocalastics encapsulate her vivid theatrical gifts that offer a deconstructed recital of human life in which she sings while offering a dramatic stream-of-consciousness commentary on life through a rippling flow of sung, muttered and even garbled lyric and phonetic fragments and wordless leaps all strung together to deconstruct the life – not of an artist – but a woman and human being.

In song after song she concocts dazzling semantic and musical labyrinths which are by turn music about music and music about life. In a highly privileged and most secret recital she sang her latest creations over the telephone all the way from her atelier in Sweden. These were four songs including “Sophie’s Blues” and three other whimsical works tentatively entitled “Two-Time Losers”, “Beating Pulse” and “Instinct” – the latter three in death-defying metres that constantly shifted and changed. These songs will no doubt be premiered in New York with the inimitable composers Gene Pritsker, Mark Kostabi and others (perhaps) in December 2018, when Miss Dunér travels Stateside. Meanwhile, listening intently to this iconic new material it was a privilege and a realization that it is hard to imagine anyone surpassing the marvelously deranged performance by Miss Dunér, one in which she indulged her vocalastics to traverse the full reach of her expressive abilities beautifully captured in these quintessentially Dunéresque new music.

All photographs by Petra Björstad

Raul da Gama is a poet and essayist. He has published three collections of poetry, He studied at Trinity College of Music, London specialising in theory and piano, and he has a Masters in The Classics. He is an accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep technical and historical understanding of music and literature.


  1. It is always amazing and a break in the middle of this harsh life, to read Mr da Gama. Wow! The way he puts words together make the protagonist thrive
    Never stop writing Sir, please
    María Cabeza


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