Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble

From
the 23rd to the 28th August 1973 several bank employees were held
hostage in vaults of the Kreditbank at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm,
Sweden. During this time the victims of this siege began to express
empathy and sympathy for their captors, a psychological phenomenon that
has since become know as the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. These very unique
circumstances combined with the intensity of the experience had a
remarkable effect on the victims.

Some forty years later the
Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble was formed, in Stockholm, with the hope of
creating concert programmes that would give audiences a more healthy
dose of Stockholm syndrome; the aim, to give the audience the
opportunity to hear music set in a surprising and illuminating context,
one which heightens the listening experience.

Whilst not bound by
size, style or genre most concerts include this founding group of
players. Often the programmes are built around an event, idea or
concept. This narrative or thread (sometimes unspoken in the form of
images and sometimes spoken with film and voice) allows the comparison
and contrast of music across all periods and styles. As a result the
ensemble has performed music from Purcell to Bob Dylan and Messiaen to
Radiohead collaborating with musicians such as Margareta Bengtsson,
Olivia Chaney, Sebastien Dubbé, Ruby Hughes, Gustav Lindgren, Anne Sofie
von Otter, Elin Rombo, Andrew Staples, artist Joanne Grüne-Yanoff and
juggler Jay Gilligan. The ensemble has its own concert series at
Musikaliska in Stockholm and was the subject of a documentary for
Swedish TV. Future plans include a tour of the Netherlands and festival
performances in Sweden and Finland.