The story of Anna is a story of the last century. The life of a woman born as the youngest of five children to a jewish tailor and his young wife, who fled from the progromes in early 20th century Poland, aiming for New York but ending up in Copenhagen.
Being the only girl in the family, she had to pass on the religious torch and was set to marry against her will. But before the marriage could take place the family once again had to flee, this time from the Nazis occupying Denmark. In the early days of October 1943 the family managed to escape to Sweden with nothing else than the clothes they wore and their hopes for a better life intact.
When returning to Denmark after the war, Anna was bound to say yes to a jewish man in France, whom she did not know. And thus she married, and stayed in a loveless and suppressing marriage for 60 years. Until she finally took up music again at the age of 86 and decided to live each day as was it a full life.
Anna’s Dollhouse is the story of a strong and rare woman, who never succumbed to the oppression which became a basic condition for her life through out the century.
This song cycle is composed by Benjamin Koppel.
The lyrics are written by Cæcilie Norby, based on talks and interviews that Benjamin had with his old aunt Anna through a number of years in her house in a suburb to Paris, France.
Krystalgade 12, 1172 Copenhagen, June 7th 2022
ANNAS DOLLHOUSE will be performed at the Jewish Cultural Festival in Copenhagen with an all-star lineup
including the saxophonist/composer Benjamin Koppel and singer/lyricist Ceacilie Norby joined by three american top musicians: living legend, american drummer Peter Erskine, pianist par excellence Kenny Werner and top jazz bassist Johannes Weidenmueller.
Kunsten, Aalborg, DK. Juni 18th, 2022
Experience the story of Anna through a beautiful mix of jazz and classical music with Benjamin Koppel's compositions and lyrics by Cæcilie Norby.
The ensemble North By Northwest presents the life story of escape, unhappy love and hope with Cecilie Norby's unique vocals in wonderful union with star saxophonist Benjamin Koppel. In addition, Søren Møller (piano), Jesper Bodilsen (bass) and Morten Lund (drums) contribute to this very special musical tale.
BENJAMIN KOPPEL(DK)- Saxofon
CÆCILIE NORBY(DK) - Vocal
KENNY WERNER(US) - Piano
JOHANNES WEIDENMUELLER(US) – Contrabass
PETER ERSKINE(US) – Drums
JACOB ANDERSEN – Prkussion
DUEN (Det Unge Strygeensemble) conducted by
MORTEN RYELUND – Conductor
ANDERS KOPPEL – Arranger