Photo: Alexander Banck-Petersen

Mika Persdotter: Ballads

Musikhuset København

9/6 2023, 21:00

Vesterbrogade 59, 1620 København


NOTE: Online ticket sales close around 1 hour before the concert begins. Tickets can then be bought at the door on the venue.

If you buy a day ticket, you also get access to the concert: Copenhagen Clarinet Choir: SPACE(S) BETWEEN

Mika Persdotter is a Swedish violist, singer, composer, and improviser based in Copenhagen. With a background in both classical music and folk music, she is a bit of a chameleon. As a violist, she plays with the ensembles Halvcirkel, Stök, Rigodon, and Damkapellet, of which she is a co-founder, while, at the same time, performing under the solo-moniker Mika Akim, which shows the most lyrical and song-based side of her work. Here, her roots in folk music – both the Nordic and the American kind known from artists such as Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell – really come to the fore. The sound is poetic but raw, beautiful but honest.

The concert at this year's KLANG-Festival begins with an interpretation of the German composer Hannes Seidl's Flexibility of the fish – a piece that, disguised as a traditional English fiddler's song, revolves around experiences from the patriarchy and points towards a new mythology. Quotes from, among others, John Cage and bell hooks intertwine with an artificial intelligence's sober monologue and the perspective of a man who, in memories, traces the imprints of his relationship to "masculinity" and to "the second sex". In this way, new questions, wishes, and hopes arise: to overcome the two-gender thinking, to make room for ambivalence, and to liberate non-identity.

The second part of the concert has simply been given the title "solo act": A mysterious and intriguing title that, coming from an artist as diverse as Mika Persdotter, is bound to arouse curiosity.



Hannes Seidl/Anselm Neft: Flexibility of the fish (part 1)
Mika Akim: Solo act

Duration approx. 60 min. 


Mika Persdotter

Hannes Seidl