Contemporary Music Festival with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra

May 24, 7:30 p.m., Olavshallen

After such a successful collaboration with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra last year, we will once again participate in the TSO’s Contemporary Music Festival. There will be a wide range of contemporary music. Students from NTNU and nyMusikk Trondheim invite the audience to celebrations both before and after. In addition, drinks will be sold both before and after the main concert.

Trondheim Sinfonietta will perform:
Concerto for six – Tan Dun
Kabuki – Hikari Kiyama

 

TAN DUN – CONCERTO FOR SIX
Tan Dun “Concerto for Six” is a playful dance-like piece, evoking the joy of a village ritual. Clear traces of classical Chinese instrumental music are present. “Concerto for six” is through-composed, and is contructed from a set of variations based on the number sequence 7-6-5-4-3-2-1. This number sequence controls piece metrically, and also affects its rhythm and tempo. In the piece, the musicians sing “Qi Liu Wu-Si-San-Er-Yi” which in Chinese means “Seven-Six-Five-Four-Three-Two-One.” In contrast to this strict structure, each of the six musicians play cadenzas and elements of free improvisation, which one might expect in a concerto.

TAN DUN
The conceptual and multi-faceted composer / conductor Tan Dun has set his mark on today’s music scene with a creative repertoire that blurs the boundaries of classical music and multimedia performance, where eastern and western traditions meet. He has won several of the most prestigious music awards, including Grammy, Oscar, and Grawemeyer awards for classical composition, and “Musical Americas – Composer of The Year”. Tan Dun’s music is played throughout the world by leading orchestras, opera houses and international festivals.

HIKARI KIYAMA – KABUKI
Hikari Kiyama uses the intimate Japanese genre called Kabuki, a popular theater form dating from the 17th century. It is characterized by highly-stylized design and makeup used by actors, two elements that serve to interpret stories and characters. The individual ideograms that form the word “ka-bu-ki”, meaning song, dance and art. Therefore, the word often translated as “the art of singing and dancing.” Kiyama’s “Kabuki” also incorporates song, dance and art. The first part, “song”, shows the inflection of the Japanese language. Then the elements of dance and artistic skills are gradually incorporated.

HIKARI KIYAMA
Hikari Kiyama is a Japanese composer and improviser. He began his composition studies in 2001 in Tokyo. During this period he became interested in music that exists in the borderland between improvisation and composed music. His main goal as a composer is to create music which tests the limits of extreme speed and register, just as Michael Schumacher did with race cars. Hikari came to Belgium in 2009 to continue studies in composition. While there, he became interested in “new complexity music” (Brian Ferneyhough), DJ Tiesto, Slip Knot and electronic dance music. This collision of influences come together in the area between “chaos” and “order.” These contrasts provide the framework for Kiyama’s compositions, in which a quest for the expression of the extreme is prominent.

Because he was born in Honshu (south-western part of Japan), and was born into a family of magicians and gurus (spiritual teachers), he believes that chaos and order can coexist. This was and is his conviction in life as well as in music.

Trondheim Open – Respons : Ellen Lindquist

Til årets Responskonsert har Trondheim sinfonietta invitert komponist Ellen Lindquist. Med seg har hun et nyskrevet bestillingsverk for indonesiske gamelaninstrumenter og sinfonietta skrevet til ensemblets slagverker Espen Aalberg. På kveldens konsert vil det bli en urframføring av dette nye verket, “Mantra”.

Ellen Lindquist sier følgende om ‘Mantra’:
“I gammel indonesisk gamelantradisjonen trodde man at sjelen for hele gamelanen finnes i Gong Agengen, den allerstørste av gongene. Gong Agengen ble brukt for å tilkalle gudene, og det sies at alle de hengende gongene i gamelanen kunne sende mer komplekse beskjeder. Mitt nye verk ‘Mantra’ tar utgangspunkt i denne troen, og stykket er bygd på spektralanalyser av de fire store gongene i instrumentsamlingen. Solisten i Mantra spiller på mange ulike gamelaninstrumenter, og en del av materialet er utviklet i en improvisasjonsbasert prosess.”

Les mer om gamelan her.


I tillegg står det tre veldig forskjellige kunstnere på programmet som inspirasjonskilder til Ellens musikk: komponistene Gyorgi Ligeti (1923-2006) og Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), og dikter Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015).

Om man dykker ned i Ellens komposisjonsverden for å finne kjernen i hennes uttrykk, samler det seg rundt en søken etter et spirituell og åndelig tilstedeværelse og essensen av disse kreftene.

Program:

Ellen Lindquist:
‘Mantra’ (2016)
Solist: Espen Aalberg, gamelan

Fra ‘drömseminarium’:
‘Flygblad’ (2009)
‘Romanska bågar’ (2007)
Sangsolister: Kathleen Flynn, sopran og Andreas Elvenes, bass
Tekst av Tomas Tranströmer

‘I’m Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger’ (2014)
Solist: Kathleen Flynn
Tekst: tradisjonell

Gyorgy Ligeti:
Piano Concerto (1988)
Solist: Jørgen Larsen

Hildegard von Bingen:
O virtus sapientiae
O frondens virga
O nobilissima viriditas
Sopransolist: Kathleen Flynn

Dirigent: Trond Madsen


I Trondheim Sinfoniettas serie Respons inviteres komponister, fortrinnsvis norske, til å presentere sin musikk sammen med dens inspirasjonskilder. Her er mulighetene mange, og denne måten å presentere samtidsmusikk på kan bidra til økt forståelse av hvordan den klassiske musikken har utviklet seg.

Om Ellen Lindquist:
The music of Ellen Lindquist is performed regularly throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Discovery of unique sound-worlds through collaboration is central to her work; several of her projects involve dance, theater, poetry and performance art. Commissions range from solo and chamber pieces to choral and orchestral works. Ellen holds degrees in composition from Stony Brook University (MA, PhD) and Middlebury College (BA). She has served as an Associate Professor at NTNU Institute of Music in Trondheim since 2013, and has taught at both the Gotland School of Music Composition (Sweden) and Stony Brook University (New York). Ellen lives on the Fosen peninsula near Trondheim, Norway with her family. A deep respect for and love of the natural world is reflected in her work.

Konserten er på Dokkhuset fredag 11. november kl 20.

Billetter kjøpes her:
http://www.dokkhuset.no/2016/08/ellen-lindquist-og-trondheim-sinfonietta/

‘Kommentarfeltet’ – Stangvik festival 29.-31. July

Vi gjentar suksessen «Kommentarfeltet»- en kammeropera av Marianne Meløy og Trygve Brøske!

Her møter vi nettroll, glade bloggere, fitnessguruer, selvlærte fagspesialister, pinnsvin, bløtdyr og i alle fall en moderator. Alle vil dele seg og sitt – og ingen er egentlig den de utgir seg for å være. Debattantene synger ut sitt sinne, sin tomhet og sin fortvilelse i – vent; arier?! Vil noen til slutt faktisk møtes? Og vil noen bli forløst av å endelig bli lest eller aller helst, hørt?

Musikk: Trygve Brøske
Libretto: Marianne Meløy
Regi: Øyvind Brandtzæg

Medvirkende:
Isa Katharina Gericke, sopran
Maija Skille, mezzosopran
Torstein Fosmo, tenor
Andreas Elvenes, bass
Trondheim Sinfonietta
Musikalsk leder Trygve Brøske
Prolog av Marianne Meløy

Sinfoniettaen vil også fremføre utvalgte satser av William Waltons «Facade» og Cheating, lying, stealing av David Lang.

«Facade» er en rekke dikt av Edith Sitwell. – Et verk der dikt er resitert over et instrumental akkompagnement av William Walton. Diktene og musikken finnes i flere versjoner.

Sitwell begynte å publisere noen av diktene fra Façade i 1918, i det litterære tidsskriftet Wheels. I 1922 fikk mange av dem et orkesterakkompagnement av Walton, Sitwell sin protesjé. «Underholdningen » ble første gang fremført i offentligheten i 1923, og oppnådde både berømmelse og ble beryktet for sin ukonvensjonelle form. Walton arrangerte to suiter av hans musikk for fullt orkester. Da Frederick Ashton laget en ballett av Façade i 1931 ble orkesterarrangementene brukt, da Sitwell ikke ønsket at diktene hennes skulle være en del av det.

Etter Sitwells død, publiserte Walton utfyllende versjoner av Façade for høyttaler og lite ensemble.

Solister: Mira Dyrnes Askelund og Andreas Elvenes.
Dirigent: Torodd Wigum.

«Cheating, lying, stealing»

Komponisten sier selv om verket.

“A couple of years ago, I started thinking about how so often when classical composers write a piece of music, they are trying to tell you something that they are proud of and like about themselves–Here’s this big gushing melody, see how emotional I am. Or, here’s this abstract hard-to-figure-out piece, see how complicated I am, see my really big brain. I am more noble, more sensitive, I am so happy. The composer really believes he or she is exemplary in this or that area. It’s interesting, but it’s not very humble. So I thought, What would it be like if composers based pieces on what they thought was wrong with them? Like, here’s a piece that shows you how miserable I am. Or, here’s a piece that shows you what a liar I am, what a cheater I am. I wanted to make a piece that was about something disreputable. It’s a hard line to cross. You have to work against all your training. You are not taught to find the dirty seams in music. You are not taught to be low-down, clumsy, sly and underhanded. In Cheating, Lying, Stealing, although phrased in a comic way, I am trying to look at something dark. There is a swagger, but it is not trustworthy. In fact, the instruction on the score for how to play it says: Ominous funk.”

Nachspiel concert

On Thursday, January 21, ca. 21:30 (directly following the TSO concert in Olavshallen), it will once again be time for the Nachspiel concert in the big hall!

As usual, there is no ticket for the Nachspiel concert—just stay in the hall following the TSO concert while we reset the stage and make room for the audience to sit where the musicians of the TSO played earlier.

 

Program:
Chamber concerto – Ligeti
Kindertotenlieder – Mahler. Solist: Maria Stattin

Dirigent: Nicholas Collon

Mer info kommer

Strange News — Response: Rolf Wallin

Rolf Wallin
Photo: Benjamin Ealovega

For this year’s Response concert, Trondheim Sinfonietta has invited composer Rolf Wallin. Together with conductor Leif Karlsson and actor Arthur Kisenyi, we will perform Wallin’s strong work Strange News. In addition, the audience will have the chance to hear two other pieces by Wallin, Boyl and Twine.

The concert is in the auditorium at the ISAK Center on Friday, November 20 at 19:00.

“Strange News” is a large orchestra production which addresses an issue from the world around us: the use of child soldiers in Africa. Grusome acts are set in an artistic format, in which insanity and a storm of images are set to music. Using helicopter gunships in surround sound, video and modern orchestral musical language, we are plunged into a brutal reality.
Many child soldiers who have escaped have been taken into aid programs during recent years, through which they have received help to live normally in society again. One of the main challenges is the broken social ties these children have to their own families, tribes and communities. In therapy, local traditional rituals are used, with focus on the individual as part of the group, with song and dance as key ingredients. The wonderful thing is that this treatment is working, and gives a glimmer of hope in one of the darkest chapters of contemporary African history.

Strange News is not political art’ in the sense that it advocates against a clearly defined enemy’ or suggests solutions to a problem, but is rather a musical parallel to a television or radio documentary; a small but informative window on one particular issue, in which empathy with those involved is more important than dry facts, and no conclusions are drawn.

Arthur Kisenyi stands in the center of the stage and represents the individual the child soldier.
Strange News tells of human despair, but also shows that there is hope.

Read more about Strange News here:
http://www.strange-news.info/index.html
http://www.rolfwallin.org/works/large-ensemble/
http://www.rolfwallin.org/works/chamber-music/

 

http://www.rolfwallin.org/ Monday 29 November 2010 Commissioned by Jenny Wegg, Senior Promotion Manager Music Sales Limited, 14/15 Berners Street, London W1T 3LJ t- +44 (0)207 612 7475 | e- jenny.wegg@musicsales.co.uk www.chesternovello.com | www.musicsales.com photos licensed to Rolf Wallin for publicity and promotion (inc web) use. CD cover use and 3rd party commercial use will be licensed separately as, when and if the issue arises; pls contact photographer. Please ensure photographer is credited: "Benjamin Ealovega"

Rolf Wallin (Oslo, 1957) is one of the leading contemporary Nordic composers, widely performed and commissioned internationally. His musical background spans from jazz, avantgarde rock and early music to traditional classical training, and this versatility is reflected in an exceptionally many-faceted list of compositions. Wallin’s compositional output covers a wide range of techniques and expressions: from strictly absolute music to music theatre and installations, from elaborate computer-aided composition in his instrumental music to strongly intuitive music for the stage. Wallin’s music is regularly performed around the world. He has written for some of the world’s leading artists, ensembles, institutions and orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, IRCAM, Arditti String Quartet and Wiener Mozartjahr. Rolf Wallin has received several prizes for his music, including Den internasjonale EBU Rostrum 1999 and Nordisk Råds Musikkpris 1997.

Read more about Rolf Wallin here: http://www.rolfwallin.org/

 

DSC_0126Arthur Kisenyi was born in Uganda (1990). He was already very involved with theater during his school years, and eventually became a member of Bakayimbira Drama Actors, one of Uganda‘s best known ensembles for drama, dance and music. This ensemble has been working for over 20 years, and in 2009 received its own permanent venue in Kampala. It was also there that Kisenyi learned about the audition for Strange News, which he won. This role was an international breakthrough for him, with the premiere with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2007 and later performances in Porto, Birmingham, Toronto, Brussels and Amsterdam.
In 2010 he founded the Dynamo Theatre Company together with his colleague Idris Segawa. This ensemble performs throughout Uganda, and uses dance and drama to raise social awareness. Among other projects, Dynamo conducted a large school program in Uganda as part of the fight against HIV and AIDS.
In addition, Arthur continues to explore his skills as director, actor and performer as a freelance artist.

 

Leif KarlssonLeif Karlsson 15 cm
After 4 years of music academy education, Leif Karlsson was hired in 1979 as solo percussionist in the Västerås Symphony Orchestra. In the same period, the percussion ensemble Kroumata was set up, with Leif Karlsson as a founding member. Since then, he has traveled the world with Kroumata to spread Swedish culture and Swedish music. Since 1997 the members of Kroumata have been ‘Culture Ambassadors’, and were granted ‘Positiva’, Sweden’s Honorary Award. Over the years, together with the musicians in Kroumata Leif Karlsson has premiered over 200 works. Kroumata has also recorded nineteen CDs, including Sweden’s first digital CD, recorded in Gothenburg in 1983. Leif Karlsson is currently the percussionist who has had the greatest historical impact in Sweden.

Leif Karlsson has been the director of Nordiska kammarorkestern, general manager of KammarensembleN, and has taught at Framnäs Folkehøgskole as well as at the Music Academy in Piteå.
As a conductor, he works with: NorrlandsOperan, Jonkoping sinfonietta Wermland opera, Västerås Sinfonietta, Bodö Sinfonietta, Eskilstuna Symphony Orchestra, Bergslagens kammarsymfoniker, Norrbotten ungdomssymfoniker and Gislaveds Symphony Orchestra. Since 2014 he has been artistic director for Uppsala blåsersinfonietta.
Leif is now working as a consultant at Kultur i Väst.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the ISAK Center, or at the door.
150kr (100kr student) must be paid cash, since we unfortunately do not have access to a credit card terminal.

We will also perform a school concert earlier the same day at 13:00 for high school students in the music, dance, drama and media departments.

The performances are funded by Arts Council Norway, the city of Trondheim, Torstein Erboes Fund and stikk.no.

nyMusikk in Ringve Botanical Garden

10918972_337876873067921_2435962507148292066_oIn collaboration with nyMusikk Trondheim and Musikkfest Trondheim, Trondheim Sinfonietta ushers in summer with a musical picnic in Ringve Botanical Garden!

Audience members both large and small will have the chance to experience contemporary music in all its breadth, through performances by both large and small ensembles.

 

Program:

– ”Khipukamayuq, konsert for cello og sinfonietta” by Lene Grenager,
soloist Marianne Baudouin Lie
– “In C” by Terry Riley
– Solos and duos throughout the garden

Set off June 6, 12:00-15:00 in your calendar, and join us for a fantastic outdoor family day!

Free entry.