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Nordiske Musikkdager 2017
september 28 - oktober 1
Nordiske Musikkdager 2017 arrangeres av Dansk Komponistforening, som har lagt festivalen til London:
Nordic Music Days in London
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (28 March, 2017) –– For the first time ever, the Nordic Music Days festival of contemporary art music is to be held in London. During four days, September 28 to October 1 2017, Nordic Music Days takes place at Southbank Centre in central London,
as part of Southbank Centre’s yearlong exploration of Nordic arts and culture Nordic Matters. The festival days are filled with new and contemporary art music, created by composers from the five Nordic countries and performed by some of Britain’s most interesting ensembles.
“Through a Nordic festival of contemporary newly composed art music at Southbank Centre, we will place the Nordic music in a larger context and reach new audiences. We also want the festival to establish new and to strengthen existing networks and collaborations between professional composers and musicians in the Nordic countries and the UK. In these Brexit times it is more important than ever to maintain and strengthen cultural ties between the Nordic countries and the UK,” said Martin Q Larsson, Chairman of the Society of Swedish Composers.
A selection of Nordic composers whose music is performed during the festival, as well as the featured Swedish and British artists and ensembles, were presented March 21 at a press conference at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in conjunction with the event
Svensk Musikvår, where the first part of the program was released. The program as a Whole will be presented later this spring.
The Nordic nature and joik inspires
The internationally renowned British vocal ensemble Exaudi performs works by Madeleine Isaksson (SE), Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (DK) and Mette Nielsen (DK). They open With a piece by Ansgar Beste (SE) that has taken inspiration from the Sápmi landscape in the
north, and it includes Sami joik.
Young instrumental ensemble Distractfold from Manchester guides listeners through a Nordic musical forest where they also use non traditional instruments such as transducers and solenoids. The pieces are from Hannah Hartman (SE), Tytti Arola (FI), Christian Winther
Christensen (DK), Øyvind Torvund (NO), Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS) and Johan Svensson (SE).
The Riot Ensemble is a frequently touring group that has performed at major concert halls but also in parks and on YouTube. They present music by Djuro Zivkovic (SE), Ole Lutzow-Holm (SE), Kaija Saariaho (FI), Bára Gísladóttir (IS) and Ruben Sverre Gjertsen (NO).
“I love Nordic Music Days! It is one of the few international festivals with an open Call and it’s also a great platform to meet other Nordic composers, musicians and other cultural workers. As a young composer it can be difficult to get a foot into the Music scene in another country. This year, I will have an unique opportunity to get my Music played by an English top-ensemble at a top venue in England. It’s amazing!” said Swedish composer Ansgar Beste.
Workshops and seminars
An important feature is the big investment in workshops for children and youth, made in cooperation with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. The festival also includes workshops for adults, workshops and networking between the Nordic and British musicians and composers.
New electronic music
Besides chamber concerts there will be new electronic music performed by the Swedish artist TMRW which offers a concert blending experimental electronica with techno. Popular video artist Annie Tådne (SE) has made the light and video installation.
Nordic nature and the Northern lights are elements that recur in many of the concerts. It becomes particularly evident in the public musical sculpture and instrument, to be built outside Southbank Centre, by the British instrument builder and artist Paul Jefferies.
“The sculpture is my interpretation of the Northern lights taking inspiration from the movement, colours and sound. The construction on site at Southbank Centre in London will be an exciting undertaking involving members of the public in finalising the finished piece. The most important element of the sculpture is that it is actually a musical instrument which will be played by both musicians performing at the festival and members of the public,” said Paul Jefferies.
A selection of featured composers
Ansgar Beste (SE)
Bára Gísladóttir (IS)
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir (IS)
Christian Winther Christensen (DK)
Djuro Zivkovic (SE)
Hanna Hartman (SE)
Johan Svensson (SE)
Kaija Saariaho (FI)
Madeleine Isaksson (SE)
Mette Nielsen (DK)
Ole Lützow-Holm (SE)
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (DK)
Ruben Sverre Gjertsen (NO)
Tytti Arola (FI)
Øyvind Torvund (NO)
Artists and ensembles
Annie Tådne (SE)
The Riot Ensemble (GB)
More composers, ensembles and artists will be presented in May.
Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. For further information please visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk.
Nordic Music Days
The Nordic Music Days premiered in 1888 and is one of the world’s oldest music festivals. Previously the festival has alternated between the Nordic capitals, but this year it is hosted by Southbank Centre in London. The Nordic Music Days festival is presented by the Society of Swedish Composers and the Council of Nordic Composers, supported by the Nordic Cultural Fund, this year in Cooperation with the Southbank Centre, and the Swedish music organisation Musik i Syd and festival Svensk Musikvår.
Contact and more information
Carin Balfe Arbman, Press Officer, Nordic Music Days 2017, tel. +46-70-633 35 08,