This year Aarhus Symphony Orchestra will premiere my new arrangement of Glade Jul, Dejlige Jul (“Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”) at their annual Christmas Concerts. It was written for soloists Frederikke Kampmann (soprano), Anders Christensen (tenor) and school choirs from Aarhus and Ole Faurschou will be conducting. The arrangement will be premiered in Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus, December 19th at 7pm and repeated in the same hall by Ole Faurschou, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Akademisk Kor Århus December 20th 7:30pm.
Photo: Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Premiere of new intermezzi
December 1st to 3rd Århus Sinfonietta and conductor Rei Munakata will tour the Central Denmark Region with Christmas Music by Juliana Hodkinson, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, Birgitte Alsted and Line Tjørnhøj performed at three concerts. The last two pieces were commissioned by the Sinfonietta for this project. To weave all the pieces together, I have composed three new intermezzi for guitar, celesta, violin, cello and voice to be premiered by the ensemble and Anna Ottertun (voice) during this project. I hope that you will find your way to one of the concerts with this very exciting take on Christmas Music and the traditions connected to the season. See more info here! (in Danish)
Swedish first performance of ‘Veni, Veni Emmanuel’
“Gaude! Gaude!” December 8th the Swedish chamber choir Riddarholmens Kammerkör and conductor Stefan Boström will perform my arrangement of the hymn Veni, veni Emmanuel at the Gustaf Adolfskyrkan in Stockholm. The two performances will be the Swedish first performance of the arrangement, which was recorded by Vocalgroup Concert Clemens and conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen in 2016. Drop by the concerts with Riddarholmens Kammerkör, if you are in Stockholm December 8th or listen to the arrangement with Concert Clemens on Spotify here!
Photo: Riddarholmens Kammerkör
Den Korte Weekendavis wins Prix Radio 2018!
Friday September 28th Den Korte Weekendavis received the award as Best Satire Show at the official radio awards Prix Radio for the 4th year in a row! Congratulations to the whole team! You are the funniest people I know and it is a privilege to work with you.
Photo: Klaus Vedfelt
Warsaw Autumn 2018
A very heartfelt thanks to ensemble recherche for a great premiere of my SUITE last night at Warsaw Autumn. I started working on the piece in 2014 as a participant in the ensemble’s ‘Klassen-Arbeit’ workshop-project and with support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung in 2016, I was able to finish an additional movement, which was first performed at the Ultraschall Festival in 2017. Now, with the invitation from Warsaw Autumn, the complete 20 mins SUITE could be finished. Thank you so much to Warsaw Autumn for this opportunity!
Applause after the concert @ Warsaw Autumn, where ensemble recherche premiered my complete SUITE.
Thank you to the audience, production team and volunteers at the Badesøen Festival for a nice day with great music and positive atmosphere! Looking forward to the festival next year! See great pieces from the festival here!
I will attend both weeks of the International Summer Course in Darmstadt. Looking very much forward to visit this historic event and get a chance to meet old and new friends, listen to new pieces, attending seminars and taking lessons with some of the most interesting composers right now. Deeply thankful for the grant from The Augustinus Fond that have made my visit here possible.
Joining cast of ‘Det Skide Show’ @ Royal Danish Playhouse
It has just been announced that I will join the rest of the cast of ‘Det Skide Show’ for the three last performances ever. As the character Speaker-Allan, I will take part in the three performances at the Royal Danish Playhouse (“Skuespilhuset”), which will be the end of a tour with 20 performances. Tickets for the 14th to 16th of June are on sale here!
Det Skide Show @ Skuespilhuset / the Royal Danish Playhouse
17th Inselfestival Hombroich
Thank you to the ensemble recherche and the Inselfestival Hombroich for a wonderful time at the Stiftung Insel Hombroich this past weekend. Saturday and Sunday ensemble recherche performed at two very diverse concerts with pieces by Sauli Zinovjev, Þorsteinn Gunnar Friðriksson, Pär Lindgren, Ilkka Hammo, Lotta Wennäkoski, Alti Ingolfsson, Nicolas von Ritter, Nicolas Kuhn, Georg Kröll, Lisa Streich, Petter Ekman, Marc Gracia Vitoria, Stephanie Haensler and yours truly.
If you haven’t been there, the museum park is a must see. I saw pieces by Rembrandt, Yves Klein, Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Bart van der Leck, Gustav Klimt, Paul Cézanne, Norbert Kricke and many more.
Applause after ensemble recherche’s first concert @ the Inselfestival Hombroich 2018.
Ouverture @ 17. Inselfestival
On Saturday May 19th 8pm ensemble recherche will perform my Ouverture @ the Raketenstation Hombroich, Veranstaltungshalle, as a part of the Hombroich Inselfestival. See the full festival here!
Map over the Insel Hombroich complex near Neuss, Germany.
New chairman in AUT
At this year’s General Assembly I stepped down as board member of AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – after 10 years in the organisation. It’s been my pleasure to be a part of the board of this fantastic platform for New Music and sound art founded in 1966. Especially under the era of Line Tjørnhøj from 2011 to last year, AUT marked itself as a significant part of the Danish music environment with a broad international network and strong local collaborations. I’m looking forward to dedicate more time to my upcoming compositions and follow AUT from the sideline. Best wishes to the new board and chairman elect, Frederik Sakham Jalving Lomborg. Read a small article about the change of chairman here. (in DK)
Me and the new chairman Frederik Sakham
The Saint Bernard Syndicate wins @ Tribeca Film Festival
It has just been announced that The Saint Bernard Syndicate was awarded ‘Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature’ (Lærke Sanderhoff) and ‘Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature’ (Rasmus Bruun) @ the Tribeca Film Festival 2018! Read the full list of awarded films here including the jury’s comments! The now award-winning film will have its Danish premiere May 10th 2018. Congratulations to the whole team!
Still from the film, ‘The Saint Bernard Syndicate’. Foto: Meta Film
Premiere of Fanfare
Saturday April 7th 2018 my Fanfare for 16 musicians will be premiered at the RAMA Festival. It’s written specially for the Symphonic Hall in Musikhuset Aarhus in mind and will make use of the whole venue. I’m very happy to have been asked to do this fanfare by professor Niels-Ole Bo Johansen, who will also conduct the premiere at the first part of the RAMA Festival Gala Concert 7:30pm.
Small fragment from ‘Fanfare’, which will be premiered Saturday April 7th 2018 7:30pm.
German premiere of Intermezzi
Thank you to ensemble recherche for an excellent German premiere of my Intermezzi for percussion and piano last night at the Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Freiburg. Looking forward to work with the whole ensemble in May, when they perform my Ouverture at the Hombroich Insel Festival May 19th.
Applause after the concert @ Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Freiburg.
The Saint Bernard Syndicate @ Tribeca Film Festival
Mads Brügger’s first feature film, The Saint Bernard Syndicate, will receive its official premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival! The festival writes: “Subversive satirist Mads Brügger’s latest [film] is an odd-couple comedy about the pitfalls of striking out into the economic frontier; it charts two hapless Danes’ scheme to sell Saint Bernards to China’s middle class.”
Back in January 2017 I was asked to do two arrangements for a local Chinese string quartet for a scene in the film. I must admit that I still don’t know if the scene is in the film or not, but I’m looking forward to see this film, because it features two of my friends, Frederik Cilius and Rasmus Bruun, as the main characters.
Still from the film, ‘The Saint Bernard Syndicate’. Photo: Meta Film
P2 Award for ‘There is no rose…’
Conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen and Vocalgroup Concert Clemens received the ‘Listeners Choice’-award for their CD ‘There is no rose…’ at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s P2 Award Show last night. Thank you to Carsten and Concert Clemens for always being positive and constructive. A pleasure working with you! Congratulations with the award! Listen to the album here!
Left to right: Marianne Langberg, Concert Clemens · Charlotte Thorqvist, Concert Clemens · Carsten Seyer-Hansen · Inge, ambassador for P2 Listeners · Niels Peder S. Gejl, Concert Clemens
New commission for a double concerto
I’m very excited to announce that I have been commissioned by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation to write a new double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra for Duo Åstrand / Salo (Christina Åstrand (violin) and Per Salo (piano)) and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The date for the premiere is not fixed yet. Looking forward to work closely with Christina and Per in the development of this piece!
Duo Åstrand / Salo
Tutti the Tiger online!
Aarhus Symphony Orchestra‘s ‘Musikkens Børn‘ is now online. If you are having a baby in Aarhus in 2018, then I have great news for you. If you register your baby and yourself you will be offered short baby-concerts with musicians from the orchestra close to your home and you will get a lot of ideas to how to use the music with your child and share it within your family. As your baby becomes older, you will be invited to come and hear the whole symphony orchestra in concert!
I was so lucky to be asked to compose music for the infomercial about the project. Thank you to Søren Kinch Hansen, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and Henrik Winther Hansen, who recorded the music in August 2017.
I was so lucky to be the host at two New Year’s Concerts at the Copenhagen Opera House. A heartfelt thank you to the festive audience, the Royal Danish Orchestra, conductor Christian Vasquez, the soloists (Sofie Elkjær Jensen, David Kempster, Marianna Shirinyan and members of the orchesta) and not least all the people behind the scenes. It was a big pleasure to see how all the different departments at the Royal Danish Theater works together on one final product. It is a type of cooperation, where there is a short way from thought to action and where tradition and innovation walks hand in hand. If I didn’t like the Royal Danish Theater before, I do now! Happy New Year!
Photo from DEBUT @ KLANG Festival May 2017 by Niels Nygaard
Hosting the New Year’s Concerts with the Royal Danish Orchestra
During the last day of the year I will host two concert with the Royal Danish Orchestra and conductor Christian Vasquez. The repertoire will be a mix of Danish romantic pieces, musical songs and an American half with pieces by Gershwin and Berstein – amongst other things! Very excited for this! More info here!
Screen shot from the Royal Theatre’s website.
‘There is no rose’ nominated for P2 Award
The CD ‘There is no rose’ – with an arrangement of ‘Veni, Veni Emmanuel’ by yours truly – has just been nominated in the category ‘Danish Album of the year’ by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s channel for classical music, P2. The winner will be announced at the P2 Award Show the 19th of January. Thank you to conductor Carsten Seyer-Hansen and the Vocalgroup Concert Clemens for an always positive energy and not least a great recording. Fingers crossed!
Picture from the announcement. Click picture for link to article. (in Danish)
New Artistic Director of Århus Sinfonietta
I’m very happy to announce that I have accepted an invitation from Århus Sinfonietta for the position as their new Artistic Director starting from the 2018-season. Since 1990 the ensemble has commissioned, premiered and performed hundreds of new works and now New Music-classics by national and international composers like Per Nørgård, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Kaija Saariaho, Karl Aage Rasmussen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Bent Sørensen, Mette Nielsen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, György Ligeti, Edgard Varèse, Salvatore Sciarrino, Simon Steen-Andersen, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, Ole Buck and many others. Including pieces by Li-Ying Wu, who was the ensemble’s Composer-in-Residence from 2011 to 2014. Looking forward to announce the new season in the near future!
New award to Den Korte Radioavis
On Monday the 6th of November Den Korte Radioavis will receive Den Gyldne Grundtvig. Bo Klindt Poulsen, chairman of the prize committee, writes: “Through their original and gifted use of satire and comedy, Den Korte Radioavis, has managed to create a news coverage that appears far sharper, more relevant and uncompromising than the rest of the Danish news.” Congratulations to the team behind Den Korte Radioavis! Read the article in Stiften about the award.
Frederik Cilius (left) and Rasmus Bruun from Den Korte Radioavis | press photo
I have curated a playlist with the theme “power” for the Culture Night event @ Glyptoteket this coming Friday. The silent disco will begin at 6pm and end 11:30pm. Music by and with Palestrina, Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Tallis, Bernard Herrmann, Beyoncé, Ottorino Respighi, James Brown, Shostakovich, Snap!, Verdi, Huey Lewis and the News, Ockeghem, Line Tjørnhøj, John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, Sex Pistols, Tracy Chapman, Chopin, Berlioz and Rage Against The Machine. More info here.
Greek premiere of Schattenschwarz
My piece for prepared saxophone quartet, Schattenschwarz, will be performed by Ensemble du Bout du Monde at four occasions in Greece in November. Thank you to Ensemble du Bout du Monde for taking on the piece! Please go ahead and check out their complete season here!
Ensemble du Bout du Monde
New awards for Den Korte Radioavis
Den Korte Radioavis won two prizes at the official radio awards Prix Radio last Friday. Congratulations to the whole team behind the show with the awards for Best Satire Show of the Year and Best Show of the Year – in the 3rd year in a row! Thanks for letting me play along once in a while!
Score for Musikkens Børn
I have just finished the score for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming informercial about their Musikkens Børn-project. A project that offers to ‘adopt’ all children born in Aarhus in 2018 and offer the children and their parents special concerts until the children have reach 6 years of age. The score will be recorded the 23rd of August in Symphonic Hall by the orchestra conducted by Søren K. Hansen. Musikken Børn was made possible with a very generous donation from Nordea Foundation and The Obel Family Foundation.
Musikkens Børn’s mascot, the tiger Tutti.
Composer-in-Residence @ Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
I was a high school student at Viborg Katedralskole, when I heard a symphony orchestra live for the first time. It changed my life. The orchestra back then was Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra has ever since had a special place in my heart. It is therefore almost unreal, that I now get the possibility to fulfil an old dream: I’m the next composer-in-residence for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2021. Thank you to the Danish Arts Council‘s Grant Committee for Music and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra for making this happen. I’m looking so much forward to this. Read the press release from the Danish Arts Council here (in Danish)
I will be the new Composer-in-Residence for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2021.
Interview in Seismograf
Journalist Sune Anderberg followed me the months before my DEBUT and some time after. Read the long-read interview with me here (in Danish) at Seismograf.org.
Thank you to all who showed up at the premiere of DEBUT Friday May 26th in Musikhuset Aarhus and Saturday May 27th at KLANG Festival in KoncertKirken! Thank you to everyone who was involved in the process of making it happen and not at least thank you to timbre extraordinaire Mathias Kjøller and the ever amazingly awesome JACK Quartet! I feel so privileged to be able to work with such nice people and great musicians.
Today I was elected to be the new chairman of AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – an organisation focusing on sounds arts since 1966. Very happy to take over after Line Tjørnhøj, who has done massive work to make AUT an important voice for the new and experimenting sounds of our time. I hope to continue this work with as much success as Line has.
From the premiere of BEINTA April 2016 | Photo: Frederik Sakham Lomborg
Talent Prize from Léonie Sonning’s Music Fond
Very honoured and thankful for receiving a Talent Prize from the Léonie Sonning’s Music Fond this year. Thank you to the board for this special honour and congratulations to all of the other Talents receiving a prize this year.
Below you can watch an interview with me (in Danish) and a recording of the two first movements from my trio Air for piccolo flute, violin and viola with Anna Jalving (violin), Robert Karlsson (viola) and Marie Sønderskov (piccolo).
In May 2017 I will take my exam from the Avanced Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, after 9 years of study. With me I will have some national and international guests, who will be revealed soon. Please come and celebrate with me! More info to come!
Great start on 2017! Very nice words from Music Editor Thomas Michelsen from Politiken in their focus on events from the past year:
“[…] best classical concert experience of 2016. An evening with both wow-effect, humor and wit.”
The words goes to AUT’s 50 Anniversary Concert with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Nicolas Hodges and Baldur Bronnimann in October 2016 with works by Lasse D. Hansen, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Simon Steen-Andersen, Mathias Monrad Møller and Rasmus Zwicki! I was so lucky to be able to curate the concert. Thank you to all involved!
From Politiken 01.01.17
Happy New Year 2016!
Thank you to all the musicians and artists that I have been so fortunate to work with in 2016! Especially Vocalgroup Concert Clemens, Carsten Seyer-Hansen (conductor), Aarhus Studiekor, Mathias Skaarup Sørensen (conductor), FACES Ensemble, Aksiom Ensemble, Kai Grinde Myrann (conductor), Randers Kammerorkester, ensemble recherche, Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Jesper Nordin (conductor), Marie Sønderskov (flute), Anna Jalving (violin), Daniel Tølbøll Mortensen (viola), Robert Karlsson (viola), Malthe Volfing Højager (cello), Signe Asmussen (voice), Mathias Kjøller (clarinet), Vibeke Kærsgaard Lembcke (clarinet), Kristian Flagstad (clarinet) and Christian Jørgensen (double bass). Also thank you to the whole team involved with the making of the Young Nordic Music Days in August and the three collaborations with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, which I curated. Best wishes for 2017 and a Happy New Year to you all!
Dharma Dreameater 10 Years Anniversary!
I wrote the score for Dharma Dreameater in 2006. Today 10 years ago we recorded the score with The Jutland Ensemble in Viborg Musiksal.
Prize from the Danish Arts Foundation
BEINTA – a symphonic song cycle – composed in collaboration with Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð was awarded the annual Prize from the Danish Arts Foundation. We feel very honoured and thankful for this great honour! BEINTA was premiered the 30th of April 2016 with Anna Katrin (soloist), Jesper Nordin (conductor), Aarhus Symphony Orchestra during SPOT Festival as a part of AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – 50th Anniversary with film elements by RAMMATIK. Thank you to all involved in this project! Read the motivation from the Danish Arts Foundation here! (in Danish)
Photo: Frederik Sakham Lomborg
CD of the week
The vocal group Concert Clemens newly-released CD with Christmas arrangement by different composers on Orchid Classics is CD of the week on the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s P2. My arrangement of Veni, Veni Immanuel is highlighted in the review: “… a new, very nice arrangement by Allan Gravgaard Madsen – I wonder if it’s a coming Danish choir classic?” Read the review here (in Danish). The CD can be bought at Amazon, Naxos, iTunes, by contacting Concert Clemens here or at the upcoming concert and CD-release Saturday December 17th 4pm in Aarhus Cathedral. See event. Thank you to Carsten Seyer-Hansen and Concert Clemens for this opportunity.
The vocal group Concert Clemens have just released their new CD with Christmas arrangement by different composers on Orchid Classics. My arrangement of Veni, Veni Immanuel is one of the arrangements on the CD. Thank you to Carsten Seyer-Hansen and Concert Clemens for this opportunity. The CD can be bought at Amazon, Naxos, iTunes or by contacting Concert Clemens here.
John Christiansen, jcklassisk.dk, wrote a very positive review. Read the review here! (in Danish)
Danish premiere of Simon Steen-Andersen’s Piano Concerto | photo: Allan Gravgaard Madsen
Kontrapunkt @ Nordic Music Days 2016
I will be joining the Danish team once again for yet another edition of the quiz show about contemporary music. The new rounds, where each team will be competing in knowledge about the newest music, will take place during the Nordic Music Days in Iceland the 29th of September to 1st of October 2016.
Den Korte Radioavis won two prizes at the official radio awards Prix Radio last Friday. Congratulations to the whole team behind the show with the awards for Best Satire Show of the Year and Best Show of the Year! Thanks for letting me play along once in a while!
Den Korte Radioavis Kenzo-spoof
Made in connection to Prix Radio – the Danish official radio prize. I’m participating as Speaker-Allan in the end of the video.
New Season of Den Korte Radioavis
I will join the new season of the multi-award winning political satire radio show Den Korte Radioavis. First episode will launch Monday August 29th 2016 and it will be on air every weekday from 12:05pm to 1pm at Radio24syv.
Photo: Klaus Vedfelt
Tanz Suite @ Young Nordic Music Days 2016
The Norwegian ensemble Aksiom will perform my Tanz Suite 17th of August 7:30pm at the Young Nordic Music Days in Aarhus. The festival will take place from 15th of August to 20th of August and over 40 pieces by young Nordic composers will be performed during the festival. 8 concerts and 5 talks. All free. See the full programme here!
Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen’s Grant 2016
This week I received a grant from the Carl Nielsen & Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Grant. Thank you to the board for this tremendous honour! It is very overwhelming! I received the grant with two of my colleagues Martin Stauning and Mette Nielsen. Congratulations to them and check them out! Edition·S brings an article here.
Great reviews of BEINTA!
5 hearts out of 6 in Politiken with the words: “[…] a piece for orchestra, that deserves to be heard much more than the premiere at SPOT Festival.” 5 stars out of 6 in Nordjyske with the words: “When the strings droned and the horns roared and the rhythm decreased it was so magnificent that the jaw dropped all the way to the floor. The 40 minutes went by way too fast.” 4 stars out of 6 in Stiften with the words: “Very interesting and very skilfully made.”