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