Publicerat 15 oktober, 2013

Meetings of light art and art music

The association Kammarmusik NU (”Chamber Music NOW”) receives SEK 450 000 from the Capital of Culture Committee to carry out cross-border programme activities with NorrlandsOperan, Bildmuseet (c/o MADE) and the New European Ensemble at MADE Festival 2014.

– The Umeå audience will get unique experiences for the senses as the arts enrich each other, creating richer and stronger expression. In these works new collaborations between music and visual art develops, says Marie-Louise Rönnmark, chairman of the committee.

The project will be carried out during the MADE Festival in May 2014 and is a collaboration between Kammarmusik NU and NorrlandsOperan. It consists of three separate programme activities;

  • A world premiere of a new full-evening work by composer Benjamin Staern, conductor Christian Karlsen and Japanese multimedia artist Yoko Seyama in the concert hall at NorrlandsOperan. A light sculpture will fill the concert hall with colour and form. It is synchronized in real time with the music. The show will also be given as a school performance.
  • At c/o MADE at Bildmuseet Polar Prize winner Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptise Barrière’s auroras inspired video/music installation Nox Borealis will be presented for the first time with live music. The crowd is lying down on the floor with the nine musicians around.
  • The international chamber orchestra New European Ensemble will give a concert with key works of today’s most important composers. They promise demanding works that are rarely given in Scandinavia.

– The meeting of light art, the music, the ensemble and the concert venue will be a total experience that the Umeå concert audience will rarely forget, says Christian Karlsen, the project’s artistic director who is also Music Director of the New European Ensemble.

The project is also supported by Music Development and Heritage Sweden, Kulturbryggan and the Swedish Arts Council.

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