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Program 2013

Thursday 30 May – PITEÅ

 

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Flute concerto by Fredrik Hedelin – for Norrbotten NEO

 

Studio Acusticum, Stora Salen  –  Free entrance
13.00

Where does art end and science begin? And what does Vivaldi have to do with modern music? Exploring the problem of creation is the concern of Fredrik Hedelin’s thesis, which is due to be presented at Luleå University of Technology. The flute concerto is the first of three of his thesis concerts, representing a di­alogue between music and philosophy.


 

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Jazzverk


Studio Acusticum, Black Box   –  Free entrance

15.45

The international composition competition Jazzverk is now in its 14th year. Experience the thrilling final on the festival’s first day! Never before have there been so many entries: no less than 42 works of the highest quality, written by young composers from 11 countries. Its inclusion in the New Directions Festival is, of course, an extra enticement for all those talented individuals who have taken up the challenge to compose big band music.


 

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Norrbotten NEO – New Sweden


Studio Acusticum, Stora Salen  –  Free entrance

19.00

“A journey into the unknown” is how the New Sweden project is usually described. This concert takes listeners on yet another excursion into the world of contemporary Swedish compositional art, where fresh music is created from concepts such as self-awareness and political activism – and something as seemingly banal as the sound of urban streets.


 

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Organ Acusticum, organist Hampus Lindwall


Studio Acusticum, Stora Salen  –  Free entrance

22.00

When virtuoso Hampus Lindwall seats himself in the Studio Acusticum, we can be sure of a colourful evening of organ music. A brand new work by composer Per Mårtensson, which tests the limits of both Lindwall and his instrument, will be framed by music by the mystic Olivier Messiaen and Venetian Mauro Lanza. And few people know better than Lindwall how to make the Organ Acusticum erupt into sound.


 

Friday 31 May – LULEÅ

 

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Remember me


Kulturens hus, Ateljén

13.00

What is an opera? What does an opera stage look like? British composer and sound artist Claudia Molitor has found her own definition. In Remember Me, A Desktop Opera an old desk is transformed into an opera stage, where frag­ments of opera myths are played out as if they were memories from the life of a Victorian woman. The tragic heroines Dido and Eurydice become friends, and the opera has a happy Cinderella ending – without a single singer appear­ing on stage.


 

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Elin Larsson Group


Kulturens hus, Konsthallen
14.30

The Elin Larsson Group is the jazz phenomenon that has grown into a ful­ly-fledged ensemble. Since the quintet of musicians found each other at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2005, the group has discovered its own sound – a hybrid of jazz, rock and pop – that has won them both the Newcomer of the Year and Group of the Year categories in Swedish Radio’s Jazzkatten prize. The eulogies of the critics were fired by the debut album Live and Alive, while their third album, Growing Up, adopts a darker, more ma­ture sound. And superlatives pour down on Elin Larsson’s colourful tenor sax.


 

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Remember me


Kulturens hus, Ateljén

15.00

What is an opera? What does an opera stage look like? British composer and sound artist Claudia Molitor has found her own definition. In Remember Me, A Desktop Opera an old desk is transformed into an opera stage, where frag­ments of opera myths are played out as if they were memories from the life of a Victorian woman. The tragic heroines Dido and Eurydice become friends, and the opera has a happy Cinderella ending – without a single singer appear­ing on stage.


 

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Norrbotten NEO – Kaija Saariaho, a portrait


Kulturens hus, Lilla Salen
16.15

A poetic imagination, a glimmer of light. A fitting description, perhaps, of Kaija Saariaho, the festival’s Composer in Residence. Here she is portrayed, in fine detail, by one of northern Europe’s hottest ensembles – the Norrbotten NEO.


 

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Oulu Symphony Orchestra


Kulturens hus, Stora Salen
18.00

Seductive fragility. Constellations. Flashes of light. Kaija Saariaho’s orches­tral concert gives vocal expression to one of the most poetical composers of the modern day. The cello concerto Notes on Light has the cello as the source of light, while the orchestral piece Laterna Magica was inspired by Ingmar Bergman. Saariaho is presented by the Oulu Symphony Orchestra – the EU’s northernmost symphony orchestra – under the baton of music director Johannes Gustavsson.


 

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Remember me


Kulturens hus, Ateljén

19.15

What is an opera? What does an opera stage look like? British composer and sound artist Claudia Molitor has found her own definition. In Remember Me, A Desktop Opera an old desk is transformed into an opera stage, where frag­ments of opera myths are played out as if they were memories from the life of a Victorian woman. The tragic heroines Dido and Eurydice become friends, and the opera has a happy Cinderella ending – without a single singer appear­ing on stage.


 

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Ensemble Recherche


Kulturens hus, Konsthallen
19.15

Music as a living being. The murmur of the wind made sound. Fervid transcendence and life wisdom con­veyed through music. Deep penetration is the goal of the German Ensemble Recherche. Meet a group of musicians who hope to inspire curiosity and forge closer links be­tween audience and performer. At this, their first con­cert of the festival, we observe the tradition from three different perspectives – through the lens of the sextet.


 

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Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble


Luleå Domkyrka
20.45

Voices that stir that soul. Sounds that paint and capture the light of the nave. Poetry depicting love both mundane and spiritual. When the Erik Westberg Vocal Ensemble performs in Luleå Cathedral, the vaults will resound with the most glorious new choral music.


 

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Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico


Kulturens hus, Lilla Salen

22.15

Peerless virtuoso. Uncompromising reformer and tender-hearted tradi­tion-bearer. Greek Savina Yannatou is all this: an artist who defies descrip­tion. At the New Directions Festival she has free rein to experiment with sound and expression, borrowing her tone palette from Mediterranean cultures, the Sephardic tradition and mediaeval music. An unmissable evening of improvi­sation with the queen of Greek world music awaits.


 

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Klangforum Wien


Kulturens hus, Stora Salen

23.30

Can an orchestra wear a professor’s hat? Yes – at least if it’s called Klangforum Wien and is one of the hottest orchestras in Europe. In the first programme, the ensemble cracks opens the door to the archive that contains Giacinto Scelsi’s music, and it is obvious from the reinterpretations of the Italian visionary’s music that this rediscovery has also rewritten music history.


 

 

Saturday 1 June  – LULEÅ

 

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Stenhammar Quartet


Kulturens hus, Lilla Salen

12.30

 

What happens when God abandons mankind? In sandwiching a classic be­tween two contemporaries, Sweden’s leading string quartet pits fallen angels, death and destruction against resolute reflection as they link George Crumb’s Black Angels with Kaija Saariaho’s Terra Memoria via the bridge of Per Mårtensson’s Sediments of Discourse.


 

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Remember me


Kulturens hus, Ateljén

13.45

What is an opera? What does an opera stage look like? British composer and sound artist Claudia Molitor has found her own definition. In Remember Me, A Desktop Opera an old desk is transformed into an opera stage, where frag­ments of opera myths are played out as if they were memories from the life of a Victorian woman. The tragic heroines Dido and Eurydice become friends, and the opera has a happy Cinderella ending – without a single singer appear­ing on stage.


 

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Curious Chamber Players


Kulturens hus, Konsthallen
14.15

Curiosity is what drives the Curious Chamber Players – an ensemble led by sound artist Malin Bång. Meet them in a programme that paints a close-up portrait of Malin Bång while musically exploring the Nordic relationship with light and darkness through four different artistic voices.


 

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Klangforum Wien


Kulturens hus, Stora Salen

16.00

Klangforum Wien is one of the spearheads of European music – an ensemble that has held devoted premieres of today’s leading composers. At the ensemble’s second concert, we hear an exotic spectrum of music, ranging from music by its founder, Switzerland’s Beat Furrer, to Japan’s Dai Fujikura, the Jordanian- German Saed Haddad and Russian-Kazakhstani Jamilia Jazylbekova.


 

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Ensemble Recherche


Kulturens hus, Lilla Salen
17.45

Sounds that reach for the heavens. Musical images that capture the poetry of existence – this is the theme of the festival’s second concert with Ensemble Recherche. Here, the ensemble shrinks down to a trio, mirroring undula­tions and spiritual gestures in music by leading European composers.


 

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Django Bates Belovéd

Kulturens hus, Stora Salen
19.30

Bebop and big band, jazz legends old and new. What else can it be than a party when Django Bates writes new ma­terial for the Norrbotten Big Band – along with a tribute to his idol Charlie “Bird” Parker? British jazz musician and composer Django Bates meets the Norrbotten Big Band in a thrilling collaboration that will take them all the way to this summer’s Proms in London.


 

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Remember me


Kulturens hus, Ateljén

20.00

What is an opera? What does an opera stage look like? British composer and sound artist Claudia Molitor has found her own definition. In Remember Me, A Desktop Opera an old desk is transformed into an opera stage, where frag­ments of opera myths are played out as if they were memories from the life of a Victorian woman. The tragic heroines Dido and Eurydice become friends, and the opera has a happy Cinderella ending – without a single singer appear­ing on stage.


 

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Alter Ego


Kulturens hus, Lilla Salen

21.15

The pieces performed by Alter Ego in their ensemble concert co-exist like sound sculptures illuminated from different angles. Past times, pulverised into whirling ashes – or diffused like the echo of an old record player – haunt the works of pioneers like Alvin Lucier, Marco Momi, Bernhard Lang, Salvatore Sciarrino and the festi­val’s Composer in Residence Kaija Saariaho.


 

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Fire! Orchestra


Kulturens hus, Stora Salen

23.00

A band that’s hot, hot, hot – that’s Fire! Orchestra. Passion, improvisational joy and musical gusto. The band is led by master improviser Mats Gustafsson – called “the saxophone machine” by Ulf Olsson – who has invited Sweden’s best musicians from the world of free-jazz, con­temporary art music, psychedelic pop and rock & roll to a very special musical event.