Elvis Costello's genre-spanning album The Juliet Letters in new colours.
In 1993, Elvis Costello released The Juliet Letters in collaboration with the Brodsky Quartet. The inspiration was fictitious letters to Juliet from Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. The content of the album was different from anything ever heard from Costello: an undefinable blend of rock, classical and art music that had reviewers drawing on superlatives.
Now, another musical chameleon – Danish artist Kira Skov – has taken The Juliet Letters into her own hands. The award-winning singer and songwriter, who in her home country is perhaps best known as the front figure in rock band Kira & The Kindred Spirits, has in recent years worked with everything from ballet music to international heavyweights such as Tricky, John Parish and Lenny Kaye.
At the Bergen International Festival, Skov presents her own interpretations of Costello's masterpiece together with the Nordic String Quartet.
– For me, it is always inspiring to take a step out of my comfort zone. I think the collaboration with the Nordic String Quartet will offer an interesting hybrid of genres and musical dynamics, says Kira Skov.