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” will be released early in 2017.
Music and storytelling have always been part of what I feel my life is about. 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.
Me and my primary partner Simon – a duo we sometimes call Dear Planet – played at Karesuando market in Swedish Sápmi this past summer. 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 the 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.
I have played a number of Gothenburg venues and events, including MusicMakes, Café Hängmattan at Musikens Hus (both on my own and at an Amnesty event), Dirty Records/Santo Domingo, and Pustervik.
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 did 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 my pronouns are they and them or ze and hir. (“Hen” in Swedish.)