CAMDEN — Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., will present the KIMI Ensemble from Denmark, a trio featuring percussion, classical accordion and voice, Friday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m.

“Kimi” is an Icelandic word meaning a cultural niche or a small, narrow corner. The term reflects KIMI Ensemble’s unusual instrumentation and esoteric repertoire. The evening will open with Nick Martin’s “Bittersweet,” inspired by Renaissance chants. Christos Farmaki’s “Like dreams of the dawn and scarecrows of the night,” based on poems by Kostis Palamas, Greece’s unofficial national poet, will follow.

Megan Grumbling Photo by Doug Bruns

Marianna Filippi Photo by Nasia Kotronia

After an intermission, KIMI will perform the U.S premiere of “Through the Eyes of an Octopus,” a commissioned work by Marianna Filippi, former resident of Camden and recent master’s graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music and Drama in Copenhagen. The piece is wholly inspired by the Oscar-winning documentary, “My Octopus Teacher,” and features a libretto by award-winning Portland poet Megan Grumbling. The work focuses on the octopus’ extraordinary senses, its shapeshifting and color-changing abilities, and its capacity to express emotion.

The final piece on the program is the world premiere of “Medea Verses,” a brand-new work by Icelandic composer Hugi Guðmundsson. KIMI’s tour, which includes a performance July 10 at Portland’s Mechanics’ Hall, is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation and SNYK/Art Music Denmark.

Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 day-of-show. Concertgoers may choose their own reserved seats online at or by calling 236-3154 in advance; seats will be assigned on a next-best-available at the door. The concert is sponsored by Camden Maine Stay Inn.