The Peärls Before Swïne Experience was founded in 1995 and has grown into one of Scandinavia’s most successful and original ensembles for new music. They have specialized in commissioning their own repertoire of short (5 minute) pieces, and have to date received more than 80 works from 18 countries. Composers who have written directly for the ensemble include Anders Hillborg, Mikael Edlund, Lars Ekström (Sweden), David Lang (USA), Tristan Murail (France), Atli Heimir Sveinsson (Iceland), Michel van der Aa (the Netherlands) and now, Christopher Butterfield (Canada).
The members of the ensemble met at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm, but they have also studied at music conservatories in, among other places, Boston, New York, London, Copenhagen, and Cologne.
The Peärls Before Swïne Experience’s relaxed and direct style in concert, which includes quite a bit audience contact, has made them attractive to festivals around the world, and they have performed at every important new music festivals in Scandinavia as well as at the ISCM World Music Days and in Japan. They have also specialized in bringing new music to younger audiences, playing occasionally at rock festivals in Sweden. Moreover, they founded and regularly perform at a club for new music, film, electronica, and performance art in their home town of Stockholm called SEKT which for the past five years has become a popular meeting place for young people between the ages of 18 and 35.
The Peärls Before Swïne Experience have released 2 CDs on the Caprice label; their self-titled first CD was given a five-star rating by the German CD magazine Fonoforum, and their second, ”swïne live!”, was hailed by the national morning paper Svenska Dagbladet as having ”revitalized the Swedish new music scene.” In 2004, the group won the Crystal Prize (Kristallpriset), awarded jointly by Edition Reimers and the Swedish Society of Conductors for special contributions to new music, and in 2005, the group was awarded the Society of Swedish Composer’s Interpreter’s Prize.