NEWS


“SOMMAR I P1″

On July 18, I host a 90 minute episode of the popular Swedish radio show “Sommar i P1″. I will talk about repetition, fearless new music, how my team and I built the technically most advanced score in the history of the Royal Swedish Opera, and the importance of losing control.
Here is the webpage about my show.


INSTA

You can find me on Instagram under the handle @mika_karlsson 😉


ALEXANDER EKMAN’S “A SWAN LAKE” AT THE OSLO OPERA HOUSE

A Swan Lake is currently playing an 11 performances sold out run at the Oslo Opera House. The piece premiered in April of 2014, and the tickets to all shows sold out the day after the (also sold out) premiere. The piece is performed by the Norwegian National Ballet and the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, with conductor Per Kristian Skalstad. Costumes by Henrik Vibskov and lights by Tom Visser. A recording of the music for A Swan Lake will be released on all streaming platforms in late June 2016.  For remaining performances, please see event calendar.


ALEXANDER EKMAN’S “MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” RETURNS TO THE ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET

On September 7, 2016, last year’s sold-out hit “Midsummer Night’s Dream” returns to the Royal Swedish Ballet for 9 shows. Tickets are available now at www.operan.se. The musicians for the piece include Anna Von Hausswolff, The Dahlkvist Quartet, Niklas Strömmare, Henrik Måwe, Roger Bergström and Maria Grönlund, all of which will return to re-stage the piece in September. I am currently reworking the string quartet that is played during the intermission.
Behind the scenes video from 2014 (in Swedish)


HOW MANY MORE OF THESE – ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
With the Dahlkvist Quartet and Henrik Måwe

Watch Anna von Hausswolff, the Dahlkvist Quartet and Henrik Måwe perform How Many More of These (music and text by me) from Act 1 of Alexander Ekman’s ballet Midsummer Night’s Dream on the empty stage of the Royal Swedish Opera House.
How Many More of These – video on YouTube


SWEDISH NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO –  AGNETA FURVIK IN CONVERSATION WITH MIKAEL KARLSSON
In Swedish

Agneta Furvik is the US Correspondent (in NYC) for Swedish National Public Radio. She met with me in February of 2015. She and I talk about the many strange turns that I have taken to end up where I am today. We talk about the importance of collaboration and about trusting strangers and of the NYC tradition of paying it forward.
Link to radio interview (in Swedish)


NEW CHAMBER WORKS

I will release a number of EPs with new(ish) chamber works in the fall and winter of 2016-2017. Performers will include Joshua Rubin (clarinets), Claire Chase (bass flute) and Clarice Jensen (cello).

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Midsummer Night's Dream

September 7, 2016
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Royal Swedish Opera

The return of the celebrated full evening ballet with the Royal Swedish Ballet. The premiere run sold out quickly and received glowing reviews. The score is the technically most advanced score in the history of the Royal Swedish Opera House.

Best New Premiere 2016 - Dance Europe - Gerard David - Critic's Choice
Among the best things I have ever experienced on a stage. Ever. All categories - Per Sinding Larsen, Instagram
"Regardless what you think you're interested in, let go of everything and go to see 'Midsommarnattsdrom"! I've seen concerts and exhibitions all over the world for 35 years. This is one of my life's greatest stage experiences, on par with Kraftwerk at Solnahallen and Robert Wilson's 'A Dream Work'. Anna von Hausswolff - singer. Wonderful music by Mikael Karlsson, which sometimes reminds me of David Sylvian and Michael Nyman. Mindblowing choreography and scenography by Alexander Ekman with a.o. several tons of hay on stage. The performance portrays a Swedish Midsummer night." - Jan Gradvall, Instagram


  • Choreography, Stage Design: Alexander Ekman

  • Music: Mikael Karlsson

  • Costumes: Bregje Van Balen

  • Lighting Design: Linus Fellbom

  • Pre-recorded Sound Design: Mikael Karlsson, Alexander Ekman
    Sound: Lars-Göran Ehn, Andrea Rea

  • Performers: The Swedish Royal Ballet, Anna Von Hausswolff (voice), The Dahlkvist Quartet (strings), Henrik Måwe (piano), Niklas Strömmare (percussion), Roger Bergström (laptop), Maria Grönlund (laptop).

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Midsummer Night's Dream

September 10, 2016
03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Royal Swedish Opera

The return of the celebrated full evening ballet with the Royal Swedish Ballet. The premiere run sold out quickly and received glowing reviews. The score is the technically most advanced score in the history of the Royal Swedish Opera House.

Best New Premiere 2016 - Dance Europe - Gerard David - Critic's Choice
Among the best things I have ever experienced on a stage. Ever. All categories - Per Sinding Larsen, Instagram
"Regardless what you think you're interested in, let go of everything and go to see 'Midsommarnattsdrom"! I've seen concerts and exhibitions all over the world for 35 years. This is one of my life's greatest stage experiences, on par with Kraftwerk at Solnahallen and Robert Wilson's 'A Dream Work'. Anna von Hausswolff - singer. Wonderful music by Mikael Karlsson, which sometimes reminds me of David Sylvian and Michael Nyman. Mindblowing choreography and scenography by Alexander Ekman with a.o. several tons of hay on stage. The performance portrays a Swedish Midsummer night." - Jan Gradvall, Instagram


  • Choreography, Stage Design: Alexander Ekman

  • Music: Mikael Karlsson

  • Costumes: Bregje Van Balen

  • Lighting Design: Linus Fellbom

  • Pre-recorded Sound Design: Mikael Karlsson, Alexander Ekman
    Sound: Lars-Göran Ehn, Andrea Rea

  • Performers: The Swedish Royal Ballet, Anna Von Hausswolff (voice), The Dahlkvist Quartet (strings), Henrik Måwe (piano), Niklas Strömmare (percussion), Roger Bergström (laptop), Maria Grönlund (laptop).

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Midsummer Night's Dream

September 10, 2016
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
Royal Swedish Opera

The return of the celebrated full evening ballet with the Royal Swedish Ballet. The premiere run sold out quickly and received glowing reviews. The score is the technically most advanced score in the history of the Royal Swedish Opera House.

Best New Premiere 2016 - Dance Europe - Gerard David - Critic's Choice
Among the best things I have ever experienced on a stage. Ever. All categories - Per Sinding Larsen, Instagram
"Regardless what you think you're interested in, let go of everything and go to see 'Midsommarnattsdrom"! I've seen concerts and exhibitions all over the world for 35 years. This is one of my life's greatest stage experiences, on par with Kraftwerk at Solnahallen and Robert Wilson's 'A Dream Work'. Anna von Hausswolff - singer. Wonderful music by Mikael Karlsson, which sometimes reminds me of David Sylvian and Michael Nyman. Mindblowing choreography and scenography by Alexander Ekman with a.o. several tons of hay on stage. The performance portrays a Swedish Midsummer night." - Jan Gradvall, Instagram


  • Choreography, Stage Design: Alexander Ekman

  • Music: Mikael Karlsson

  • Costumes: Bregje Van Balen

  • Lighting Design: Linus Fellbom

  • Pre-recorded Sound Design: Mikael Karlsson, Alexander Ekman
    Sound: Lars-Göran Ehn, Andrea Rea

  • Performers: The Swedish Royal Ballet, Anna Von Hausswolff (voice), The Dahlkvist Quartet (strings), Henrik Måwe (piano), Niklas Strömmare (percussion), Roger Bergström (laptop), Maria Grönlund (laptop).

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Midsummer Night's Dream

September 15, 2016
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Royal Swedish Opera

The return of the celebrated full evening ballet with the Royal Swedish Ballet. The premiere run sold out quickly and received glowing reviews. The score is the technically most advanced score in the history of the Royal Swedish Opera House.

Best New Premiere 2016 - Dance Europe - Gerard David - Critic's Choice
Among the best things I have ever experienced on a stage. Ever. All categories - Per Sinding Larsen, Instagram
"Regardless what you think you're interested in, let go of everything and go to see 'Midsommarnattsdrom"! I've seen concerts and exhibitions all over the world for 35 years. This is one of my life's greatest stage experiences, on par with Kraftwerk at Solnahallen and Robert Wilson's 'A Dream Work'. Anna von Hausswolff - singer. Wonderful music by Mikael Karlsson, which sometimes reminds me of David Sylvian and Michael Nyman. Mindblowing choreography and scenography by Alexander Ekman with a.o. several tons of hay on stage. The performance portrays a Swedish Midsummer night." - Jan Gradvall, Instagram


  • Choreography, Stage Design: Alexander Ekman

  • Music: Mikael Karlsson

  • Costumes: Bregje Van Balen

  • Lighting Design: Linus Fellbom

  • Pre-recorded Sound Design: Mikael Karlsson, Alexander Ekman
    Sound: Lars-Göran Ehn, Andrea Rea

  • Performers: The Swedish Royal Ballet, Anna Von Hausswolff (voice), The Dahlkvist Quartet (strings), Henrik Måwe (piano), Niklas Strömmare (percussion), Roger Bergström (laptop), Maria Grönlund (laptop).

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Midsummer Night's Dream

September 16, 2016
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Royal Swedish Opera

The return of the celebrated full evening ballet with the Royal Swedish Ballet. The premiere run sold out quickly and received glowing reviews. The score is the technically most advanced score in the history of the Royal Swedish Opera House.

Best New Premiere 2016 - Dance Europe - Gerard David - Critic's Choice
Among the best things I have ever experienced on a stage. Ever. All categories - Per Sinding Larsen, Instagram
"Regardless what you think you're interested in, let go of everything and go to see 'Midsommarnattsdrom"! I've seen concerts and exhibitions all over the world for 35 years. This is one of my life's greatest stage experiences, on par with Kraftwerk at Solnahallen and Robert Wilson's 'A Dream Work'. Anna von Hausswolff - singer. Wonderful music by Mikael Karlsson, which sometimes reminds me of David Sylvian and Michael Nyman. Mindblowing choreography and scenography by Alexander Ekman with a.o. several tons of hay on stage. The performance portrays a Swedish Midsummer night." - Jan Gradvall, Instagram


  • Choreography, Stage Design: Alexander Ekman

  • Music: Mikael Karlsson

  • Costumes: Bregje Van Balen

  • Lighting Design: Linus Fellbom

  • Pre-recorded Sound Design: Mikael Karlsson, Alexander Ekman
    Sound: Lars-Göran Ehn, Andrea Rea

  • Performers: The Swedish Royal Ballet, Anna Von Hausswolff (voice), The Dahlkvist Quartet (strings), Henrik Måwe (piano), Niklas Strömmare (percussion), Roger Bergström (laptop), Maria Grönlund (laptop).

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