Erik Dahl Ensemble

”a wonderful album that will interest fans of both jazz and classical music. […]
sometimes sounding peaceful, relaxed and melodic, but also at times quite complex, dark”

8.4/10 StutterZine (Holland)

”it’s a minor masterpiece”
5/5 (Canada)

“With the release of Gethenian Suite, Erik Dahl has mapped out a most intriguing musical terrain that is well worth exploring.”
5/5 Roots Music Report (US)

”Gethenian Suite is one of those albums where something new and rewarding is discovered with each repeat spin.” (US)

“An album that truly defies categorization, Dahl and company bring no shortage of artistic qualities, cinematic bouts and exploratory musicianship that’s never so esoteric it can’t be enjoyed by anyone with an ear for pop, jazz, prog or classical music from any period.”
8/10 (US)

“Through this CD you will receive an affirmative answer to the question of whether a book can be translated into sound and music.” (Belgium)

Erik Dahl Ensemble

Can a book be translated into sound? On the basis of Ursula Le Guin’s science fiction classic The Left Hand of Darkness the composer Erik Dahl has created a musical suite. It is a journey into the universe of the book. Crisp and evocative projections add a visual dimension. A cinematic concert experience in the borderlands between chamber music, jazz and space pop.

Anna Cochrane, violin/viola
Andreas Thurfjell, alto/baritone saxophone
Anna Malmström, clarinet/bass clarinet
Erik Dahl, piano/electronics
Viktor Reuter, double bass
William Soovik, drums/percussion

Practical info:

Length: approx. 60 min
Composition: Erik Dahl
Photo/Trailers: Magnus Bergström
Visuals: Ida Sondell

The music is written for sextet, but we have occasionally performed in smaller constellations. Sometimes that is a good option. We perform the music with or without the projections depending on the situation. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions.

Erik Dahl is a composer who combines different traditions into a sound of his own. Strong melodic lines form the centre of a rich musical landscape. Awarded Göteborgs Stads Kulturstipendium for 2017. 


Gethenian Suite is a piece of original music. It is to be regarded as separate from Le Guin’s work and is not officially endorsed by The Estate of Ms. Le Guin.

Thank You:
Premiere Concert (2018) with support from Göteborgs Kulturnämnd
The album Gethenian Suite was released in 2020 with support from The Swedish Arts Council