Author Archives: Allan Gravgaard Madsen

Culture Night event @ Glyptoteket

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!

 

Photo: Radiodays

 

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.

 

Score for Musikkens Børn (2017)

Commissioned by Aarhus Symphony Orchestra for their Musikkens Børn-project.
Recorded by Søren K. Hansen (conductor) and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra @ Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, 23.08.17.
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2 / 4.2.3.1 / timp / 1 perc / strings
Duration: ca. 5:00

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.

 

Photo: Stine Vejen

 

Thanks!

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.

 

photo: Niels Nygaard

 

DEBUT (2015-2017) for performer, video, sound and music

First performed by JACK Quartet, Mathias Kjøller and the composer at Lille Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, 26.05.17, and 27.05.17 during KLANG Festival, Copenhagen.
Duration: ca. 60:00

Interview in Magasinet Klassisk

Interview in Magasinet Klassisk in connection with my upcoming DEBUT @ Musikhuset Aarhus (May 26th) and @ KoncertKirken / KLANG Festival (May 27th) with JACK Quartet and Mathias Kjøller. It’s in Danish but the headline says: “I have something to say, but I’d rather not.” Practise your Danish and read the full interview by Per Rask Madsen in the current edition of the magazine or read a excerpt here. Photo: Stine Vejen.

 

Photo on the left: Stine Vejen

Photo on the left: Stine Vejen

 

New chairman for AUT

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.

 

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Recording of ‘Ouverture’ in Danish Radio

Last night @ the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s DR P2, the recording of my ‘Ouverture’ performed by ensemble recherche @ Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für Neue Musik – was broadcast. You can stream it here. The link should start 2:25:00 in the programme. It also features an ultra short interview (in Danish) with me by Max Fage-Pedersen about my stay in Freiburg and working with ensemble recherche.

 

ensemble recherche | Photo: M. Korbel

ensemble recherche | Photo: M. Korbel

 

Admissions Committee

I was selected by the board of the Danish Composers’ Society to sit in the admissions committee starting from now and the next four years. Thank you to the board for this opportunity!

 

BEINTA nominated for a Carl Award!

Today it was announced that BEINTA – a symphonic song cycle – is nominated for a Carl Award in the category “Best Classical Composition – big ensemble”.  Anna Katrin and I are very happy and honoured for this appreciation of our piece.
The piece was commissioned by AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – for their 50th Anniversary in 2016 and premiered by Anna Katrin, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jesper Nordin at SPOT Festival with visual elements by RAMMATIK in April 2016. BEINTA also received a Prize from the Danish Arts Foundation in December 2016.
Fingers crossed until April 24th where the winner of the category will be announced!

 

Photo: Frederik Sakham Lomborg

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).

 

 

 

Debut May 2017

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!

26th of May 2017, 7:30pm: Lille Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus (free admission)
27th of May 2017, 7:30pm: KoncertKirken, Copenhagen (admission)

 

Screen Shot debut concert

 

Young Nordic Music Days 2016 Documentary online!

Great documentary by Swami Silva about the Young Nordic Music Days / Ung Nordisk Musikfestival which Kaj Duncan David, Lasse D. Hansen and I had the pleasure of organising last August. A big thank you to our team, all the volunteers and of course all the sponsors and collaborators which made it all possible! Iceland will host the Young Nordic Music Days 2017 from August 14th to 19th.

 

Best concert of 2016

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

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

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.

 

Ouverture (2016) for ensemble

Commissioned by ensemble recherche and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.
First performed by ensemble recherche at Radialsystem V, Berlin, 21.01.17, during Ultraschall Berlin – Festival für Neue Musik.
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.0/0.0.0.0/percussion/piano/1.0.1.1.0.
Duration: ca. 09:30

Arrangement released on CD!

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.

 

Photo: Stine Vejen

Photo: Stine Vejen

 

Great reviews for AUT 50th Anniversary Concert!

Friday the 7th of October 2016 AUT had their 50th Anniversary Concert with Baldur Brönnimann, Nicolas Hodges, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and a lot of special guests. I curated the programme for this concert, which consisted of the world premiere of pieces by Lasse D. Hansen and Mathias Monrad Møller, the Danish premiere of pieces by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Simon Steen-Andersen and an exceptional performance of Rasmus Zwicki‘s Last Symphony. The concert was arranged in collaboration with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, SPOT Festival and AUT.

 

Politiken: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Read the review here! (in Danish)

 

Stiften: ★★★★★☆
Read the review here! (in Danish)

 

Jyllands-Posten: ★★★★★☆
Read the review here! (in Danish)

 

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

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.

 

www.nordicmusicdays.org

www.nordicmusicdays.org

 

New awards to 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! Thanks for letting me play along once in a while!

 

Photo: Radiodays

Photo: Radiodays

 

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

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!

 

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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.”

Read all the reviews on Edition·S’s website here!

 

Photo: Frederik Sakham Lomborg

Photo: Frederik Sakham Lomborg

Phantasie in F moll (2016) (arrangement)

Arrangement for chamber ensemble (1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/strings: 2.2.2.2.1) of Franz Schubert’s Phantasie in F moll (1828), D940, op. 103, commissioned by Randers Kammerorkester. Premiered 20th of June 2016 at St. Magnus International Festival, Orkney, Scotland.

Recording session for BEINTA

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

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.”

 

Read the full reportage here! (in Danish)

 

Air @ RAMA Festival 2016

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.

 

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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!

 

Aria (2015-2016) for voice, 3 clarinets and double bass

First performed by Signe Asmussen (voice), Mathias Kjøller (clarinet), Vibeke Kærsgaard Lembcke (clarinet), Kristian Flagstad (bass clarinet) and Christian Jørgensen (double bass) at Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, 31.01.16.
Instrumentation: Mezzo Soprano, 2 x clarinet (Bb), bass clarinet (Bb) and double bass.
Duration: ca. 2:00

 

BEINTA (2015-2016) for voice and orchestra

Commissioned by AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – for their 50th anniversary season.
Co-composed with Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð.
First performance: Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð (voice) and Jesper Nordin conducting Aarhus Symphony Orchestra @ Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, 30.04.16.
Instrumentation: 3.2.3.2/4.3.3.1/timp/3 perc/harp/piano/strings
Duration: ca. 40:00

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!

 

Kontrapunkt Tribute

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.

 

Kontrapunkt Tribute produced by Magma

Kontrapunkt Tribute produced by Magma

 

Ensemble Recherche: Klassen-Arbeit #3

Friday the 20th of November my fellow students Loïc Destremau, Piotr Peszat and I will be in Freiburg for the last time to participate in Ensemble Recherche‘s Klassen-Arbeit. It has been a great possibility to work very closely with the ensemble. The Klassen-Arbeit project will result in nine new pieces by us three from Aarhus and colleagues Ricardo Eizirik, Stephanie Haensler, Benjamin Ryser, Luca Valli, Matteo Manzitti and Alberto Barberis being premiered tonight 7 pm by the ensemble at Ensemblehaus, Freiburg.

 

Klassen-Arbeit June 2015 | Photo: Beate Rieke

Klassen-Arbeit June 2015 | Photo: Beate Rieke

 

Tanz Suite in Donaueschingen

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!

 

Tanz Suite in Oslo

The Aksiom Ensemble will give the Norwegian premiere of my Tanz Suite this coming Saturday @ Cafeteatret, Oslo. The concert begins at 8pm and will also feature music by Johan Svensson, Johan Sebastian Bach and Martin Rane Bauck! Read about the concert here!

 

Aksiom Ensemble

Aksiom Ensemble

Thanks!

The 69th edition of UNM Festival – Ung Nordisk Musikfestival – is now over. It was nice to meet the 35 composers from the Nordic countries and hear what they have been working on. Thanks to UNM Finland for hosting and making it possible for UNM Denmark to take over for UNM’s 70th Anniversary next year! Welcome to Aarhus in 2016!

 

Ung Nordisk Musikfestival 2015: Helsinki

Ung Nordisk Musikfestival 2015: Helsinki

SPOR New Music School documentary online

Together with Lasse D. Hansen, Klavs Kehlet Hansen and Loïc Destremau I was coaching teenage music students in composition in the beginning of May. The students were from Aarhus Musikskole and other institutions and the whole project was a part of SPOR New Music School. The young composers / music students performed their own pieces at a concert shared with Århus Sinfonietta at Granhøj Dans, Aarhus, May 9th. The concert was a part of the SPOR Festival that took place from 7th to 10th of May 2015. See Ida Bach Jensen’s documentary below! (in Danish)

 

 

19 episodes of Taktløs

After 19 episodes Frederik and I will stop hosting Taktløs, our radio show at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Frederik Cilius is busy and very successful with other projects and I have decided to focus on my Advanced Postgraduate Diploma from the Composition Department at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. Both Frederik and I had fun making the show and its fate is now in the hands of the editors. You can still hear our 19 episodes here!

 

Photo: Bjarne Bergius Hermansen, DR

Thanks!

Thank you for a fantastic first edition of the Panorama Festival the 27th and 28th of June!

The Composition Department wanted to make a festival with a positive and welcoming atmosphere, where we could present some the works and experiments we have worked on for the last couple of years. Thanks to massive support from Århus Sinfonietta, AUT (Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere), the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, and to the many guest musicians from places like USA, Finland, Austria, Estonia, Spain, Norway and Denmark it happened!

Thank you to the well-known and new interested audience at the concerts! We are also happy to see the interest from the press with articles on different website, in the news paper and local television (10:53 into this clip).

We have a very encouraging environment for contemporary music in Aarhus and after the Panorama Festival it’s difficult to be pessimistic.

 

Opening Reception of Panorama Festival 2015

Opening Reception of Panorama Festival 2015

 

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma

Happy to announce that I have been accepted on the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma-programme at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, thus giving me the opportunity to dive into a two-year artistic process! The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma, the socalled Solistklasse in Danish, will end with a portrait concert at the moment planned for 2017.

 

Ensemble Recherche: Klassen-Arbeit #2

Today my fellow students Loïc Destremau, Piotr Peszat and Rafael Murillo Rosado and I will be in Freiburg once again to participate in Ensemble Recherche‘s Klassen-Arbeit. A great possibility to work very closely with the ensemble and this visit is the second of three visits to Freiburg during 2014 and 2015. The Klassen-Arbeit projekt will result in a concert with premieres of new pieces by us four from Aarhus and colleagues Ricardo Eizirik, Stephanie Haensler, Benjamin Ryser, Luca Valli, Matteo Manzitti and Alberto Barberis in 2015.

 

Ensemble Recherche

Ensemble Recherche

Panorama Festival 2015

My master’s project from The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, will result in the academy’s new festival for contemporary music! With massive support from Århus Sinfonietta, the academy and AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – and others we are now planning four concerts with music by graduating composers Henrik Budde, Loïc Destremau, Piotr Peszat and myself taking place during 27th and 28th of June 2015 in Musikhuset Aarhus with performances by Århus Sinfonietta, Ensemble Apparat (DE), Trio Colore, Njyd Quartet and 14 other guest musicians. Free admission! More info here!

 

Panorama Festival 2015

 

SPOR New Music School 2015

Together with Lasse D. Hansen, Klavs Kehlet Hansen and Loïc Destremau I will be coaching teenage music students in composition in the beginning of May. The students will be from Aarhus Musikskole and other institutions and the whole project is a part of SPOR New Music School. The young composers / music students will perform their own pieces at a concert shared with Århus Sinfonietta at Granhøj Dans, Aarhus, May 9th at 2pm. The concert is a part of the SPOR Festival that will take place from 7th to 10th of May 2015.

SPOR New Music School

Beinta – a symphonic poem for voice and orchestra

I’m very happy to announced that Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð and I have been commissioned to write a 40 minute-long orchestral piece in connection to the 50th Anniversary of AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – in 2016. The piece for voice and orchestra will be premiered by Anna Katrin (voice) and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra 3pm April 30th 2016 at the Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus, as a part of the SPOT Festival 2016. Save the date!

 

Photo: Ditte M. Joensen

Photo: Ditte M. Joensen

Dance Suite

My new piece Dance Suite will be premiered March 11th @ LiteraturHaus as a part of the Pulsar Festival and April 11th @ Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus during the RAMA Festival. It will be premiered by Signe Veie Plauborg (alto flute), Anja Nedremo (alto sax), Mikkel Egelund Nielsen (guitar), Jonas Weitling (percussion), Rima Chačaturian (piano) & Malthe Volfing Højager (cello) conducted by Lasse D. Hansen.

 

Rehearsal of Dance Suite | Photo: Allan Gravgaard Madsen

Rehearsal of Dance Suite | Photo: Allan Gravgaard Madsen

Dance Suite (2013-2015) for ensemble

First performed by Students from Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, conducted by Lasse D. Hansen at LiteraturHaus, Copenhagen, 11.03.15.
Instrumentation: Alto flute, alto sax, guitar, percussion, piano, cello.
Duration: ca. 10:00

Reportage about Concerto Reworked now online!

Last year Mikkel Brandt from the blog Underflyvning.dk followed composers Kasper Staub (jazz), Sebastian Edin (electronic) and me in our work with Concerto Reworked. The project was based on the idea to recompose old concerto movements by Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn and Benedetto Marcello. The new pieces were premiered 10th of October 2014 in Symphonic Hall, Musikhuset Aarhus, by conductor Søren Kinch Hansen plus soloists and the String Department from Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium. Listen to Mikkel’s reportage here! (in Danish)

 

Soloists and ensemble in Concerto Reworked.

Soloists and ensemble in Concerto Reworked.

New radio show: Taktløs på P2

Today 6:03pm a new radio show will premiere at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation! It’s called Taktløs and Frederik Cilius and me will host. “Taktløs” could be translated to “without bars” but also “inappropriate” and we will try to enlighten the unenlightened about the big questions in classical music. First program is named “What the hell is a Sonata?” and Frederik and I will take our exam in theory again on air supervised by our former theory teacher, Thorkil Mølle.
Will we fail or pass?

 

Photo: Bjarne Bergius Hermansen, DR

Minibar (2015) (concept by Mathias Monrad Møller, 2014)

Commissioned by Mathias Monrad Møller to be composed with his concept ‘Minibar’ (2014).
First performed by Mathias Monrad Møller and Thomas Darelius (piano) at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, 25.01.15.
Instrumentation: 0.0.0.0/0.0.0.0/tenor/piano/0.0.0.0.0
Duration: ca. 0:50

The Minds of 99’s Det er Knud som er død (2014)

I was asked to do alternative versions of two of the most popular hits of 2014 for the TV-show Musikåret 2014 aired on DR3, Danish Broadcasting Corporation channel 3. The alternative versions was performed by the artists (TopGunn and The Minds of 99) themselves with TV-host Nikolaj Koppel on piano. TopGunn’s Kongens Have was made in a Broadway-ish style and The Minds of 99’s Det er Knud som er død in a Mozart-ish style.

Happy New Year 2014!

Once again I find myself facing a new year and thoughts about the year that’s coming to an end always appears. Thank you to all the musicians and artists that I have been so fortunate to work with in 2014: TopGunn, The Minds of 99, Nikolaj Koppel, Vocalgroup Concert Clemens with Carsten Seyer-Hansen conducting, Cæciliakoret with Michael Deltchev conducting, Aarhus Studiekor with Mathias Skaarup Sørensen, Ensemble Recherche, Sct. Marie Kirkes Motetkor with Anne Agerskov conducting, Aarhus Domkirkes Kantori with Carsten Seyer-Hansen conducting, Sandra Plauškaite, RAMA Strings with Søren Kinch Hansen conducting, Daniel Carlsson, Annemette Pødenphandt, Musiques Nouvelles with Jean-Paul Dessy conducting, Pärlor för Svin, Troels Primdahl, Marie Sønderskov & Sofia Olsson, Annika Aakjær, Efterklang, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra with Hans Ek & Peter Sommerer conducting, Mimitabu, Trio Colore, Frederik Sakham, Lydenskab, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Kaj Duncan David and the folks at The Lake, Cilius-Patruljen and AUT!
To all a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015!

 

TopGunn’s Kongens Have (2014)

I was asked to do alternative versions of two of the most popular hits of 2014 for the TV-show Musikåret 2014 aired on DR3, Danish Broadcasting Corporation channel 3. The alternative versions was performed by the artists (TopGunn and The Minds of 99) themselves with TV-host Nikolaj Koppel on piano. TopGunn’s Kongens Have was made in a Broadway-ish style and The Minds of 99’s Det er Knud som er død in a Mozart-ish style.

Arrangements for DR3 (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) online!

The two alternative versions of songs by the recording artists TopGunn and The Minds of 99 I made to be performed by the artists themselves and TV-host Nikolaj Koppel in the programme Musikåret 2014 – which will air on DR3 the 27th of December 2014 at 8pm – are already online at DR3’s youtube channel.

 

Curating and new orchestral commissions: AUT 50 years!

AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – will celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2016 and I have curated two out of three events arranged in collaboration with Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
First event is a concert during SPOT 2016 and it will consist of a new piece co-composed with Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð that will be premiered by Anna Katrin (voice) and the Orchestra 30th of March 2016 at Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus.
Second event is our Anniversary Concert 29th of September 2016 in Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, with a festive program soon to be announced.

 

Commissioned for two new pieces for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra!

Commissioned to compose two new pieces for Aarhus Symphony Orchestra!

Ensemble Recherche: Klassenarbeit

This coming Sunday I will travel to Freiburg, Germany, with my fellow students Loïc Destremau, Piotr Peszat and Rafael Murillo Rosado to participate in Ensemble Recherche‘s Klassenarbeit. A great possibility to work very closely with the ensemble and this visit is the first of three visits to Freiburg during 2014 and 2015. The Klassenarbeit projekt will result in a concert with premieres of new pieces by us four from Aarhus and colleagues Ricardo Eizirik, Stephanie Haensler, Benjamin Ryser, Luca Valli, Matteo Manzitti and Alberto Barberis in 2015.

 

Ensemble Recherche

Ensemble Recherche

Arrangements for DR3 (Danish Broadcasting Corporation)

I was asked to do two alternative versions of songs by the recording artists TopGunn and The Minds of 99. The new versions will be performed by the artists themselves and TV-host Nikolaj Koppel in the programme Musikåret 2014, which will air on DR3 the 27th of December 2014 at 8pm. The show will rerun the 28th and 30th of December 2014.

 

The Last Concert now online!

Last year I was asked to make arrangements for Efterklang‘s ‘The Last Concert’! The concert took place in Alsion February 28th this year and on stage was Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, Sønderjysk Pigekor og Drengekor, conductor Hans Ek and more! Listen to my arrangements of ‘Foetus’ and ‘Prey & Predator’ from 01:46-11:43!
Also arrangements by Daníel Bjarnason, Van Dyke Parks, Karsten Fundal, Hans Ek and Missy Mazzoli. Thank you to Efterklang for letting me play along!

 

Foetus & Prey and Predator (2013-2014)

Last year I was asked to make arrangements for Efterklang‘s ‘The Last Concert’! The concert took place in Alsion February 28th this year and on stage was Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, Sønderjysk Pigekor og Drengekor, conductor Hans Ek and more! Listen to my arrangements of ‘Foetus’ and ‘Prey & Predator’ from 01:46-11:43!
Also arrangements by Daníel Bjarnason, Van Dyke Parks, Karsten Fundal, Hans Ek and Missy Mazzoli.

Concerto Reworked

Concerto Reworked is a concert with pieces by Kasper Staub & Sebastian Edin and me along piece by our colleagues Joseph Haydn, Benedetto Marcello & Johann Sebastian Bach. Kasper, Sebastian and myself recomposed movements by Haydn, Marcello and Bach for the String Department at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. The admission free concert will contain the premiere of my Concerto in G Minor (2014) for piano and string ensemble performed by Sandra Plauškaité (piano) and RAMA Strings conducted by Søren Kinch Hansen at Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, Friday October 10th at 7:30pm.

Concerto Reworked

coOPERAtion: Operatic Actions

My new piece [six] will receive its premiere today as a part of AUT‘s coOPERAtion: Operatic Actions based on the myth of Lucifer. Other pieces by Louise Alenius, Alin Gherman, Ruta Vitkauskaite, Line Tjørnhøj and Kate Whitley will be premiered by singers Daniel Carlsson (countertenor), Annemette Pødenphandt (soprano) & Camilla Løvstad (soprano) and Musiques Nouvelles conducted by Jean-Paul Dessy at Teater Katapult at 5pm! See program here! The concert will be repeated in Mons, Belgien, the 6th of June 2015.

 

Rehearsing ...... | Photo: Louise Kirkegaard

Rehearsing [six] | Photo: Henrik Bonde

Concerto in G Minor (2014) for piano and string ensemble

First performed by Sandra Plauškaite and RAMA Strings conducted by Søren Kinch Hansen at Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, 10.10.14.
Instrumentation: 0.0.0.0/0.0.0.0/piano/5.4.3.2.1
Duration: ca. 3:30

Curating

I was invited to curate some music for the new online radio channel The Lake. The Lake is initiated, driven and curated by Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen, Rasmus Stolberg, Jan Høgh Stricker and Kasper Vang, with the aid of a long list of kind contributors and collaborators.

 

Kaj Duncan David and I have curated a concert for Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen‘s Brand New Tuedays-concept. In collaboration with AUT – Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere – the concert will be presented in Copenhagen and Aarhus September 9th and 10th. Music by Clara Iannotta, Ricardo S. Eizirik, Lisa Streich & Ansgar Beste. See interviews with the composers below!

 

Thanks!

A big thanks to all participants in UNM 2014: Malmö! So nice to meet so many new friends and listen to so much new music! A very big thanks to the board and volunteers of UNM Sverige for a very nice festival! Tak! Takk! Tack! Takk! Kiitos!

 

Kristin Boussard's 'Ecdysis' (2013) for 2 voices and ensemble | photo: Allan Gravgaard Madsen

Kristin Boussard’s ‘Ecdysis’ (2013) for 2 voices and ensemble | photo: Allan Gravgaard Madsen

 

[six] (2014) for soprano, countertenor, percussion & piano

Commissioned by AUT.
First performed by Musiques Nouvelles, Annemette Pødenphandt (S) & Daniel Carlsson (CT) conducted by Jean-Paul Dessy at Teater Katapult, Aarhus, 27.09.14. Staged by Troels Primdahl.
Instrumentation: 0.0.0.0/0.0.0.0/percussion/soprano+countertenor/piano/0.0.0.0.0
Duration: ca. 10:00

Participating in UNM 2014: Malmö

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

Poster for the UNM Festival 2014: Malmö

Working on new piece for ‘Operatic Actions’

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.

Participating in Journals by Troels Primdahl

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'

From a rehearsal of ‘Journals’.

Premiere of new piece

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

Mimitabu – New Music Ensemble – conducted by Rei Munakata.

Workshop with Esbjerg Ensemble

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.

Ragtime (2014) for alto flute, cello, percussion & piano

Commissioned by AUT.
First performed by Mimitabu – New Music Ensemble – at Kammermusiksalen, Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, 13.04.14.
Instrumentation: 1.0.0.0/0.0.0.0/percussion/piano/0.0.0.1.0
Duration: ca. 3:30

Thanks!

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!

 

Efterklang_photo_Allan_Gravgaard_Madsen

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.)

UNM 2014: Malmö

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 on Tour

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!

 

Christmas Calendar (2013)

I got the idea to make a Christmas Calendar in the Composition Department at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. My fellow students Jens Peter Møller, Henrik Budde, Piotr Peszat, Loïc Destremau, Kaj Duncan David participated with the concept and videos. I was in charge of 11., 14., 16. & 21.12.13. Watch the complete calendar above!

A song about poisonous love (2013)

The encore from my portion of the entertainment at the annual Christmas Party at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, 20.12.13. It is my alternative version of a famous Britney Spears-song.

Christmas Medley (2010/2013)

A kitschy Christmas Medley I did for the annual Christmas Party at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, in 2010. It contains samples from 22 Christmas melodies, Danish and other nationalities. I revised it for the Christmas Party 2013, where the documentation above is from. The rules are simple: We meet for a rehearsal the day before and play it for our fellow students at the party the day after.

Happy New Year!

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!

Recipient of the DKF Prize 2013

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.

Recording session with JACK Quartet

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!

Schattenschwarz (2013) for prepared saxophone quartet


Commissioned by David Kolden.
First performed by Current Saxofonkvartett at Kammermusiksalen, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, 24.03.13 as a part of the Scandinavian Saxophone Festival 2013.
Duration: ca. 9:00

Tik Tak (2013) for alto flute & cello


First performed by Emilia Makowka & Valdemar Ulrikkeholm at SpLab, Aarhus, during SPOR 11.05.13.
Duration: ca.: 3:30
Also in alternative version for bass flute and double bass (2014).

Presents (2012) for video


Commissioned by AUT for their Visual Music-events at Radar, Aarhus, 09.12.12 and at LiteraturHaus, Copenhagen, 10.12.12.
Duration: 10:48

Standstill. Dust. (2012) for 12 upright-pianos


Standstill. Dust. (2012) was featured in the project ‘BIGband revisited’ premiered at Atlas, Aarhus, 06.09.12. Here is a view behind the scenes. (in Danish)

Commissioned by Anders Ørbæk & Nis Hybel.
First performed at Atlas, Aarhus, 06.09.12.
Duration: ca. 7:00

S (2011) for guitar


Commissioned by Tim McVeigh-Pedersen.
First performed by Tim McVeigh-Pedersen at AUT’s Concertini-events, Aarhus, 18.06.11.
Duration: ca. 9:00

Variations (2008-2010) for 8 keyboard instruments


Commissioned by Professor Anne Øland, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.
First performed by Pianorama conducted by Søren Kinch Hansen at RAMA10 at Symfonisk Sal, Musikhuset Aarhus, Aarhus 10.04.10.
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, celesta, harpsichord, hammerklavier, prepared grand piano, 2 grand pianos (onstage) & offstage grand piano.
Duration: ca. 19:30

Waves (2008-2009) for 9 trumpets


Written for Reinhold Friedrich.
First performed by students from The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, conducted by Frederik Støvring Olsen as a part of UNM (Ung Nordisk Musikfestival) at the Concert Hall, The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen, 22.08.11.
Duration: ca. 12:00

Her kommer, Jesus, dine små (2008) (arrangement)


Arranged for ensemble and choirs.

Melody: J.A.P. Schulz (1786)
Lyrics: Hans Adolph Brorson (1732), (revised 1850).

Guest among shadows (2008) for clarinet, cello & piano


Commissioned by Frederik Cilius Jørgensen.
First performed by Trio Helios at RAMA09 at Kammermusiksalen, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus 18.04.09.
Duration: ca. 14:00

Gloria (2008) for SSA, SATB & ensemble


Commissioned by Ejner Nielsen.
First performed by choirs from Viborg Domkirke & Det Jyske Ensemble conducted by Ejner Nielsen at Viborg Domkirke, 11.12.08.
Recorded in Viborg Domkirke by choirs from Viborg Domkirke & Det Jyske Ensemble conducted by Ejner Nielsen 19.09.09.
Instrumentation: 1.0.0.0/0.0.0.0/1 perc/SSA/SATB/1.0.1.1.0
Duration: ca. 7:00

 

Glass-variations (2007-2008) for ensemble


Commissioned by MGK NordVest.
Vers. I: First performed by ensemble from MGK NordVest conducted by the composer at Kulturcenter Limfjord, Skive, 06.03.08.
Vers. II: First performed by ensemble from MGK NordVest conducted by Jakob Høgsbro at Musikkens Hus, Skive, 06.04.08.
Vers. III: First performed by AUTs Studiegruppe for Ny Musik conducted by the composer at Kammermusiksalen, The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, 23.02.09.

Instrumentation:
Vers. I: 1.0.0.0/0.1.0.0/1 perc/soprano/tenor/el-guitar/piano/1.1.1.1.0
Vers. II: 1.0.0.0/0.1.0.0/1 perc/soprano/tenor/el-guitar/piano/1.1.0.2.0
Vers. III: 1.0.0.0/0.1.0.0/1 perc/soprano/tenor/el-guitar/piano/1.1.1.1.0

Duration:
Vers. I: ca. 3:30
Vers. II: ca. 4:30
Vers. III: ca. 4:30

Dharma Dream Eater (2006) for ensemble


Original score commissioned by Rasmus Larsen Møller & Edda Hrönn.
Recorded in Viborg Musiksal 20.12.06 by Det Jyske Ensemble.
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/2 perc/piano/1.0.1.1.0
Duration: 4:58