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!
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!
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!
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)
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
Signed @ Edition·S
I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been signed at publisher Edition·S and thereby having the honour to join so many great composers represented there!
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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’.
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 – New Music Ensemble – conducted by Rei Munakata.
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.)
Arrangements for Annika Aakjær and SJSO
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!
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 composedWeiß. 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!
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)
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!
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!