“Born in a leap year to a Swedish air hostess mother from Västmanland and a scientist father from “Kraftwerk” city with a Polish surname, who is currently designing bricks for a future moon station, I started playing the violin when I was nine years old (because Bach is cool!) and joined an orchestra at eleven. We played concerts in Sweden, Russia, Lithuania, Spain and Germany. I became leader of the orchestra at 18 and remained in that position until the day our conductor retired and the orchestra disbanded (dis-orchestra-ted?). During my Uni years I focused on busking, jam sessions and Jazz violin. I adore Rusanda Panfili (for her passion), the invisible Johan Veron (for his tone), Jean-Luc Ponty (for his inimitability), Hilary Hahn (for her right hand), Itzhak Perlman (for his authenticity) and last but not least Patricia Kopatchinskaja (for her spirit and sensuality).
I play a mysterious old unusually skinny acoustic violin. The tag inside refers to a repair that took place in 1849 in Florence, Italy. But rumour has it my violin is actually of English origin (ca. 1760). I need to investigate…
I fitted another violin with D’Addario Helicore Octave Strings and it magically transformed into an instrument I’ve come to call “Cellolin”. Tuned down a complete octave it shares three strings (G, d, a) with a cello. You can hear it on the title track of Noctorum’s THE AFTERLIFE. Fellow violinists – it’s a fantastic toy!
I have compéred Europe’s largest Progressive Rock festival, the “Night Of The Prog” at Loreley, since July 2015. I’ve hung out with Steven Wilson in his dressing room and discussed electric violins with King Crimson legend David Cross (brilliant on “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic”!) over lunch and eventually on Skype. Van der Graaf Generator’s David Jackson shared interesting album title stories with us (Pawn Hearts = Horn Parts) and I received compliments on my long blonde dreadlocks from Steve Hackett and the nicest person with a kilt, Nick Beggs. I had the honour of accompanying Casey McPherson of Flying Colors/Alpha Rev, and fell deeply and unconditionally in love with a caring, altruistic, loving, creative and passionate Liverpudlian guitarist in Anekdoten when they were invited to play the festival in 2016.”
On repeat at the moment: “Vincent” by Don McLean &
“I Started A Joke” by The Bee Gees.