The movie starts with a silent section of slapsticks in BLUE and white and with piano music, giving an outline of Karin's rise and fall. The rest is normal B&W movie. Karin does not belong to the nobility but nevertheless marries the mentally ill king Erik XIV and becomes queen of Sweden. The king's skilled counsellor Göran Persson wants a royal policy supporting the people and supported by it.
Anders Jormin’s new Swedish-Japanese project returns the highly distinctive voice of Lena Willemark to ECM – it’s her first appearance on the label in more than a decade - and introduces koto player Karin Nakagawa. In this trio music the Japanese classical tradition and the stark, archaic sounds of the koto, allied to Jormin’s powerful and subtle bass playing, form a unique context for Lena’s sung poems, delivered in her native Älvdals-dialect. Traditions and non-idiomatic improvising are cross-referenced and new paths opened up in these compositions.
Karin Jones was born and raised in Philadelphia. She took her first musical steps singing in church. She was gifted with an extremely talented ear, she was an accomplished pianist, percussionist and drummer, mostly developed without formal training.