I was so lucky to be selected to represent Denmark at the annual Ung Nordisk Musikfestival – UNM – this year in Malmö! The festival was founded in 1946 and is thereby the oldest and most important festival for young Nordic music, where many now famous composers have been fortunate enough to have had pieces performed for the first time.
The festival will take place from the 26th to the 30th of August with pieces by 35 composers from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The rest of the Danish delegation is Christos Ntovas, Jens Peter Møller, Jeppe Ernst, Kaj Duncan David, Kristian Rymkier & Marcella Lucatelli.
Poster for the UNM Festival 2014: Malmö
The 27th of September the Belgian ensemble Musiques Nouvelles will premiere a new piece by me for the ensemble and the Swedish countertenor Daniel Carlsson and the Danish soprano Annemette Pødenphant. The premiere will take place at a concert called Operatic Actions, arranged by AUT. Next year the concert will be repeated in the Belgian city of Mons, which will be the European Capitol of Culture in 2015. Other particating composers are Ruta Vitkauskaite, Kaj Duncan David, Niels Rønsholdt, Louise Alenius, Kate Whitley and Alin Gherman.
I was so lucky to be asked to join the artistic team in Journals by young director and choreographer Troels Primdahl! I participate with my piece Tik Tak for which Troels Primdahl made a choreography for five dancers. The premiere was last night and the show is on tonight aswell! Proud to be a part of the artistic ensemble: Dancers: Jonathan Ibsen, Louisa Field, Molly Nyeland, Pernille Malou Konzack Sørensen, Ragna Maria Husted, Rose Risager. Composers and musicians: Allan Gravgaard Madsen, Filip Johan Arnestad, Kaj Duncan David, Marie Sønderskov, Sofia Olsson. Costume designers: Anna von Aabling, Jane Pedersen, Karole Marie Pouvreau. Interaction designers: Lærke Vilain Ditlev, Nils Rungholm Jensen. Cinematographer: André Hansen. Light design and scenography: Peer Mariboe, Sten Baadsgård. Make-up artist: Lidia Bonaria Bassero.
From a rehearsal of ‘Journals’.
The Swedish ensemble Mimitabu will premiere my new piece Ragtime tonight at a concert arranged by AUT. See Facebook-event here! The concert will be repeated tomorrow in Copenhagen!
Mimitabu – New Music Ensemble – conducted by Rei Munakata.
The last 4 days I have been in Esbjerg to attend the famous Esbjerg Ensemble Workshop. I’ve been so lucky to participate two times before (as a composer), so this time it was nice just to be audience at the workshop. Conductor Petter Sundkvist and Esbjerg Ensemble will present the results of the workshop today at Koncertsalen, Syddansk Musikkonservatorium & Skuespillerskole, Esbjerg, at 16:00. Pieces by Bendik Sells, Frederick Bayani Mabalot, Loïc Destremau, Mads Emil Dreyer, Martin Andreas Hirsti Kvam & Piotr Peszat.
Thank you Efterklang for your friendship, kindness and ambitions and for letting me play along!
It was great spending time with you in Sønderborg! Below a picture from the rehearsals!
A glimpse from the rehearsals with Efterklang, Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester and Hans Ek.
Amazing light design by Nico de Rooij and Stuart Bailes. (This picture does not give it justice.)
18th of April the Danish singer/songwriter Annika Aakjær will be a part of South Jutland Symphony Orchestra‘s 150-year anniversary concert for the events at Dybbøl in 1864. I will do orchestral arrangements of two of Annika Aakjær’s songs for the concert conducted by Peter Sommerer. See info about the concert here!
I was so lucky to be selected to represent Denmark at the annual Ung Nordisk Musikfestival – UNM – this year in Malmö! The festival will take place from the 26th to the 30th of August with pieces by 35 composers from Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Looking forward to this! The rest of the Danish delegation is Christos Ntovas, Jens Peter Møller, Jeppe Ernst, Kaj Duncan David, Kristian Rymkier & Marcella Lucatelli Miguel.
Trio Colore – for who I composed Weiß. Schwarz. Blau. – are participating in the P2 Kammermusikkonkurrence 2014 (P2′s Competition for Chamber Music) in April! They will perform my piece in the first round! To prepare for the competition the Trio will have a little tour some weeks before the competition where they will perform my piece several times. See the dates in my calendar and please like the Trio at their Facebook-page!
Facing a new year always makes me think of the year that’s coming to an end. 2013 has been wild and I would like to thank all the musicians that I have been so fortunate to work with! Århus Sinfonietta, Bjarke Mogensen & Toke Møldrup, Tim McVeigh-Pedersen, Current Saxophone Quartet, Trio Colore, Emilia Makowka & Valdemar Ulrikkeholm, Ensemble Recherche, Erik Nerheim, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Lydenskab, JACK Quartet, Jens Kjær Riemer & Jonas Weitling, Aarhus Universitetskor with Søren Kinch Hansen conducting, Vocalgroup Concert Clemens with Carsten Seyer-Hansen conducting, Cæciliakoret with Michael Deltchev conducting, my Allan All Stars and Aarhus Domkirkes Kantori with Carsten Seyer-Hansen conducting. To all a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2014!
Yesterday I was amongst 5 composers to receive Dansk Komponist Forenings Pris 2013 (Prize of the Danish Composers’ Society)! I wish to thank the Composers’ Society for this massive honour! Read the motivation here! (in Danish)
Here are links for the other great composers’ websites! Please do check them out:
Line Tjørnhøj, Bjørn Svin, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen & Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki.
The Danish band Efterklang will have a final concert in February 2014 to mark the end of their Piramida Tour. For this concert they have asked me to arrange two of their earliest songs for the band and South Jutland Symphony Orchestra. See complete program for the concert here!
This coming Monday the JACK Quartet will record my string quartet Crystal Tapestry (2010). The recording will be published in 2014 together with a recording of my piece, Waves (2008-2009), for 9 trumpets. The artwork is made by amazing graphic designer Michael Hansen and can be viewed here!