Khipukamayuq – Respons:Lene Grenager

Lene GrenagerFor this year’s Response Concert, Trondheim sinfonietta has invited composer Lene Grenager. Granger has composed a new cello concerto for the TSi cellist Marianne Baudouin Lie. Tonight’s concert will consist of the World Premiere of this new piece, ” Khipukamayuq , concert for cello and sinfonietta”, along side a work by the french composer, Philippe Hurel, “Figures Libres del 3″ from 2001,  and Dutchman Louis Andriessen´s explosive ” Workers union – for any loud sounding group of instruments ” from 1975 .

In the Trondheim Sinfonietta series Response, composers (usually Norwegian) are invited to present their music along with their inspirations. This way of presenting contemporary music on can contribute to better understanding of how classical music has evolved.

Lene Grenager (who also is a cellist) says the following about the cello concerto:

“I have in several works explored the possibilities of the solo concerto. The existence of a solo instrument´s specific characteristics form the basis for an enlarged musical situation, and provides new approaches for work with a larger ensemble, while I as a composer gets to explore deeper into that instruments possibilities as well as the individual artist´s unique  skills. The flute concerto “Off soundings” got the sound of air through a single pipe spread to an entire wind ensemble. In “The Operation” for percussion and sinfonietta we constructed a brand new solo instrument that gave new impetus to how an ensemble may sound. Working with another cellist adds additional layers to the process because I am concerned that the piece occurs in the encounter between two individuals and that it is adapted to the soloist´s character and special techniques. Marianne B. Lie and I have worked together on a number of projects, both in Alpaca Ensemble and as a solo musician. The idea was that the solo part should be developed in close collaboration with her so it really is adapted her unique playing style. I also wanted to incorporate the use of simple analog effects pedals in the piece, both for the soloist and in parts of the ensemble. «

Lene Grenager (b. 1969) is a composer and cellist who studied at the Norwegian Music Academy. She has also participated in a wide variety of courses and workshops with international names such as Iannis Xenakis and Louis Andriessen. She received Young People Lindeman prize in 2001. As a performer she has toured across Europe with the experimental improvisation ensembles Spunk and Lemur and in duo with Sofia Jernberg. Grenager regularly collaborates with musicians and ensembles such as Cikada, Ensemble Ernst and the Swedish Great Learning Orchestra, and is concerned that musicians own voices and choices are reflected her compositions, while simultaneously leaving no doubt that the core is clearly defined from her hand. This has led to considerable variation in notation techniques and detail in the different scores. Meanwhile, Grenagers work as performing improvisational musician left his mark on her written works.

The concert is at Dokkhuset Sunday 31 August at 1930

The concert is presented in collaboration with Dokkhuset Scene and New Music Trondheim