My name is Rut Elliot Blomqvist and I am a 27-year-old musician, composer, and writer, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. My debut album “Of This and Other Worlds” was released in April 2017.
Music and storytelling have always been THE THING for me. As Neil Gaiman writes, “we owe it to each other to tell stories.”
In order to tell the stories I want to tell and meet people to tell them to, I have done many different interesting things.
I played with Simon Larsson – a duo we sometimes call Dear Planet – at Karesuando market in Swedish Sápmi in July 2016. In August – September 2016, I did a mini-tour in the UK with an environmentalist performance and academic-activist presentation called “The Paradox of the Anthropocene.”
In the spring of 2015, I did a tour of southern Sweden with my former band Humble Stumble, playing in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Malmö, and several smaller towns.
A year earlier, in 2014, I toured in the UK, playing support for the Cantebury band Lapis Lazuli in Bristol and visiting folk clubs in Cardiff and Brighton. I also did a lot of busking.
As with so many Swedes of my generation, my interest in playing music started with classes at Kommunala musikskolan (public music school): From the age of 8 to 18, I studied classical piano. At 14, I started teaching myself to play the guitar, mainly by writing my own songs. But classical music has remained an influence for me, as has my love for reading. I like bringing together influences from Debussy or Satie and Amanda Palmer or Neil Young, from Virginia Woolf or Shakespeare and Neil Gaiman or Kim Stanley Robinson.
In 2014-2015, I studied a one-year singer-songwriter college course.
Now I’m a freelance musician and writer … and also a PhD student in literature and environmental humanities at the University of Gothenburg.
PS: I’m nonbinary and I prefer the pronouns they and them or ze and hir. (“Hen” in Swedish.)