CAMDEN — Camden Opera will present Denmark’s KIMI Ensemble, a trio of percussion, classical accordion and voice, on Friday July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
“Kimi” is an Icelandic word meaning a cultural niche or a tight little corner. The term reflects the unusual instrumentation and esoteric repertoire of KIMI Ensemble. The evening will open with “Bittersweet” by Nick Martin, inspired by Renaissance songs. “Like the Dreams of Dawn and the Scarecrows of Night” by Christos Farmaki, based on poems by Kostis Palamas, the unofficial national poet of Greece, will follow.
After an intermission, KIMI will present the US premiere of “Through the Eyes of an Octopus”, a work commissioned by former Camden resident and recent graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Theater in Copenhagen, Marianna Filippi. The piece is entirely inspired by the Oscar-winning documentary, My octopus teacher, and features a libretto by Portland poet Megan Grumbling. The work focuses on the octopus’ extraordinary senses, its shapeshifting and color-changing abilities, and its ability to express emotions.
The last piece on the program is the world premiere of “Medea Verses”, a brand new work by Icelandic composer Hugi Guðmundsson. KIMI’s tour, which includes a July 10 performance at Mechanics’ Hall in Portland, is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and SNYK/Art Music Denmark.
Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 the day of the show. Spectators can choose their own reserved seats online at camdenoperahouse.com or by calling 236-3154 ahead of time; seats will be allocated on a second best available at the door.
The concert is sponsored by Camden Maine Stay Inn.