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Boiler House Jazz: Sunniva Brynnel/Elinor Speirs duo

The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.
Online sales end at 6PM day of the show. Tickets available at the door unless sold out.

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Sunniva Brynnel (Sweden) & Elinor Speirs (South Africa)
The Boiler House Jazz Series is proud to present two incredible improvising musicians from 2 different parts of the world who will be playing together as a duo for the first time. Sunniva & Elinor met while attending the New England Conservatory and found a common bond. This event is sure to have the magic that is often created when two creative musicians exchange ideas ideas while improvising.

Sunniva Brynnel

Sunniva Brynnel is an accordionist, pianist, vocalist and composer within jazz, improvised music and folk music. She comes from a lineage of seven generations of female musicians, and her mother – a Swedish folk singer – is one of her major influences. She was born in Uddevalla on the Swedish west coast.

Sunniva is currently based in Boston, US, where she graduated with a Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation (Academic Honors) from the New England Conservatory in May 2018. Her teachers at The New England Conservatory include: Ran Blake, Jason Moran, Jerry Bergonzi, Hankus Netsky, Dominique Eade and Frank Carlberg.

Some of her many current musical projects include being a member of a Night Tree, a fast rising global music influenced folk sextet based in Boston (,  a duo collaboration with Finnish accordionist/composer Timo AlakotilaBrynnel/Reising/Boudreau, a jazz trio based in Boston, and Druids and Androids, a Danish/Swedish/Czech sextet playing mantras and bhajans (freely improvised trance/dance music), and much more.

Sunniva’s original music and recordings has been broadcast on Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Irish and American radio stations.


Elinor Speirs

Classically trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London and an experienced orchestral and chamber music performer, Elinor has been crossing over to jazz and world music for several years. She has performed klezmer, yiddish, balkan, flamenco and jazz concerts and recorded on several albums in various parts of the world. In 2012, Elinor relocated to New York City in pursuit of a music education that only such a city can provide. She completed her master's in jazz performance at NYU under the tutelage of formidable jazz pianist, Kenny Werner. Inspired by the education she received, Elinor won a place in the prestigious doctorate of musical arts program at NEC, relocating once again to educational hub, Boston.


'For me the ultimate thing is not the language or the style...though that's important of course...but rather it's about getting to the heart of a thing...getting right into it and adding your own passion. Then you will carry an audience with you - and that place... where we're tracking together and moving as one...that's heaven...that's why I play the violin.'

–Elinor Speirs

For the more musically inclined:
Elinor studied classical violin with Noel Travers and Diana Cummings and received master classes from Anker Buch, Hu Kun, Lydia Mordkovitch and Siegmund Nissel among others. Elinor freelanced in the UK and France and performed with all the major ensembles in Cape Town as member, leader or soloist. While in New York, Elinor studied with Kenny Werner, frequently performing in venues in the west village and Brooklyn. Since her arrival in Boston, Elinor has received instruction from John McNeil, Dominique Eade and pedagogue extraordinaire Jerry Bergonzi.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.