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.”
Today Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð and I had a recording session with a string quartet. It will result in a short teaser for BEINTA, our new 40 minute orchestral piece, that will be premiered the 30th of April this year in Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus by Aarhus Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jesper Nordin. The concert is arranged in collaboration with AUT, SPOT Festival and the orchestra. Thank you for your help to the quartet (Anna Jalving, Daniel Tølbøll Mortensen, Robert Karlsson & Malthe Volfinger Højager) and sound artist Sebastian Edin. Stay tuned!
Photo: Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð
Air @ Seismograf
Sune Anderberg has written a reportage from this year’s Pulsar Festival for the webmagazine Seismograf. Several pieces from the festival are mentioned, including my piece Air for piccolo flute, violin and viola.
Sune Anderberg writes: “The wind blows were the same in Allan Gravgaard Madsen’s Air (2015), but the irony was replaced by fervour. The trio consists of piccolo flute, violin and viola, and the tempo is patient. In long passages of the piece the instruments simply blows air, like with the piece of Winther Christensen. Slowly a pitch appears on stage, and in four movements the composer gently moves between pitch and silence and air.”
This Saturday my piece ‘Air’ will be performed at the annual festival RAMA arranged by the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. The concert in Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus, at 10pm will also feature pieces by Eric Sutherland, Klavs Kehlet Hansen, Loïc Destremau, Óscar Escudero, Lasse D. Hansen & Mette Nielsen performed by a dream team of musicians.
Arrangement on new CD
The vocal group Concert Clemens will publish a new CD this year with Christmas arrangement by different composers. I’m one of the them. Thank you to Carsten Seyer-Hansen and Concert Clemens for this opportunity. See a teaser for the CD below!
Happy New Year 2015!
2015 has been very eventful and many new friendships were made. Thank you to all the musicians and artists that I have been so fortunate to work with in 2015! (None mentioned, none forgotten.) To all a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2016! See you!
This Saturday I will be participating as a part of the Danish team in the tribute to legendary Nordic quiz show Kontrapunkt. The new episodes will focus only on contemporary music and will be available online. Produced by MAGMA.
My piece Tanz Suite will be performed by the echtzeitEnsemble conducted by Christoph Löser as a part of the NEXT GENERATION-programme in connection to the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015. Eight other composers were chosen out of over 100 submissions for the programme and the nine selected pieces will be performed during the 15th and 16th of October. See some info about the concerts here!