Niels Rosing-Schow & Kaija Saariaho

Saturday night at NJORD Biennale presents an extraordinary encounter between contemporary composition music and visual art. With a musical double portrait of the composers Niels Rosing-Schow and Kaija Saariaho, and a visual introduction into the artists Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman's different approaches to the craft of working with colour, this night in the Concert Church promises to be a sensuous and rich experience.

On the stage we present Duo Harpverk (harp and percussion) Hélène Navasse (flute, bass flute), Richard Korn (double bass), Robert Koller (barytone), Bjarke Mogensen (accordion), Jesper Sivebæk (guitar) and Josefine Opsahl (cello). Together they will unfold the work of Danish Rosing-Schow and Finnish Saariaho, who share certain characteristics in their compositional approach - for example in the way they work with spectral musical elements - yet still explore the meeting of timbre and harmony in very different ways.

The musical programme circles the theme of the colour of music and presents among others Saariaho's Sombre, which is greatly inspired by the dark colours of the famous Rothko Chapel in Houston, where the work was premiered in 2013.

After the concert we invite you to join us for a post concert talk, to get a deeper understanding of the composer´s work with the music.

Programme for the evening:

18.30 Rothko-dialogue: Lecture by art teacher Ove Frankel

20.00 Double portrait: Niels Rosing-Schow & Kaija Saariaho

21.15 Post concert talk w. Niels Rosing-Schow and Kaija Saariaho



DOUBLE PORTRAIT: Niels Rosing-Schow & Kaija Saariaho

Hélène Navasse, Robert Koller, Duo Harpverk, RICHARD KORN, Bjarke Mogensen, Josefine Opsahl, Jesper Sivebæk

Saturday January 30 2016 at 20.00
KoncertKirken, Blågårds Plads 6A, 2200 København N

Niels Rosing-Schow: Views from a high place (2014)
Niels Rosing-Schow: Lines (2013)  
Niels Rosing-Schow: ...aus atmen.. (2014)   
Niels Rosing-Schow: Respiro ergo sum (2015) Uropførelse
Kaija Saariaho: Sombre (2012)  

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NJORD Biennale is Copenhagen's new nordic biennial for contemporary music and contemporary art. In various cross artistic projects, the relationship between the tonal colours of music and the colour tones of visual art are being examined through concerts, exhibits, a separate children´s programme, seminars and lectures.