Our own Akademiska Kören i Stockholm enjoyed a unique opportunity this fall in collaborating with Aftab Kören, a local Persian-Swedish choir, to perform Afshin Khaef’s original composition Persian Epilogue. Directed by Khaef and accompanied by Stockholms Akademiska Orkester in glorious Berwaldhallen, the endeavor felt a timely celebration of eastern and western, classical and contemporary traditions. As loosely translated from the program synopsis:
The oratorio is based on a 20th-century poem by Siavash Kasra’i, alongside more ancient verses from Vahshi Bafqi and Rumi. Arash the Archer is a heroic icon whose name appears in the Avesta; the legend of his fateful arrow, shot to reclaim the border from invading Turan, is familiar to most Iranians. This Swedish staging of Persian Epilogue is the first on its scale, and perhaps the largest Persian choral performance to date in Europe.
The 80-minute performance was generously supported by Kulturskolan, Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund, and the Stockholm County Council. Movement XIII: Manam Arash is sampled above, or read the BBC-Persian review here (perhaps with the aid of Chrome Translate for those, like us, less skilled in Farsi). Many thanks to Afshin and the rest of Aftab Kören for welcoming us into such a memorable project!
tjejerna och vännerna
Top and asterisked (*) photos credit: Hamed Rafi
Autumn at Södra Station, Södermalm, Stockholm.
Final summer stay in the Stockholm archipelago, exploring Norra Lagnö and historic Gustavsberg. Skål to our courageous Berlin visitors, and tasteful AirBnB host Sara.
treats & trolls
cabin view (credit: Jen Carney)
waterfront trampoline (credit: Jen Carney)
(credit: Jen Carney)
Touring the 18th-century home and recreated gardens of Carl Linnaeus, father of modern taxonomy, in Uppsala, Sweden. Thanks to gracious guests Veronica and Dieter Söll for inspiring a beautiful journey.
Venus at the orangeriet
mother & son
Soells in Sweden
Long weekend in Stockholm-archipelago town Saltsjö-Boo with adventurous guests from San Francisco and Geneva. Meeting AirBnB host Tomas was a delightful bonus—easy to see why he loves it here.
Bergholmen across the bay
echoes of midsommar
buoy in the blossoms
garden friends 1
garden friends 2
the intrepid Troxlers
July day trips among the more populated local reaches of the Stockholm archipelago on Fjäderholmarna and Värmdö.
bank in bloom
fermenter with a view
Dipping our toes into archipelago life on Sandhamn, Fågelbrolandet, and Djurö: an hour on Stockholm public transit to another world.
dining out (credit: Andy Shirey)
climbing Kvarnberget (credit: Andy Shirey)
Barnvik light show