ViVii

Monqui Presents

ViVii

Fri, September 27

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Bunk Bar

Portland, OR

$10 - $12

This event is 21 and over

ViVii
ViVii
Fairytale endings are more often than not consigned to childrens' books and cartoons in this day and age, but the story of Emil and Caroline Jonsson -- two of the brains behind ViVii -- brings a little magic back to reality.

The Swedish pair, born and raised in the coastal city of Gothenburg, met at summer camp as children and formed a strong, life-long bond that pulses powerfully decades later. Friendship swiftly blossomed into romance -- "he was beautiful, he was gorgeous, and I fell in love instantly!" says Caroline -- and by their late teens their were a couple; by their early twenties they were wed. The childhood sweethearts then embarked on a dream honeymoon to New York City, staying so long they had to traverse the Atlantic multiple times to renew visas. Eventually, funds dwindled and they had to find work, with Emil reviving his teenage modelling career to supplement their vacation of a lifetime -- but that's far from the end of the hurricane tale.

A chance encounter at an Eric Roberson gig -- part of their trip's purpose was to absorb as much music as they could -- led to a wild journey with soul sensation Tye Tribbett. An instant connection erupted between the trio ("he had a crazy energy," says Emil), and they spent a few heady months touring the East Coast as part of his gospel choir and immersing themselves in a completely different lifestyle than they were used to, fulfilling one of Caroline's lifetime goals in the process. But still, they weren't done.

Emil and Caroline lived a full, enviable life before deciding to relocate to Stockholm and focus on themselves. Life, of course, had different plans, and soon they were blessed with children; and this is where ViVii begins life in earnest. Perhaps surprisingly, young children didn't derail musical ambitions -- quite the opposite. "When the kids came we got to actually write and record," explains Emil. "When they arrived the structure came into our lives. We knew we had to do it then."

So the duo got down to business on their own sounds, fusing tones and melodies and taking inspiration from the music of their youth: the old tunes crackling on grandparents' vinyl records, hymns from church, indie-pop jewels, classical opuses ("Bach, of course,") and gospel choirs. Still, something was missing.