The young, up-and-coming conductor Christian Karlsen will head this evening's concert in KoncertKirken when he, together with the Swedish ensemble Norrbotten NEO and the guitarist Jacob Kellermann, perform a flawless programme made up of Nordic works that all in different ways offer the audience impressions of inner and outer landscapes.
Norrbotten NEO is Sweden's leading new art music ensemble, and at NJORD the ensemble will perform chamber music by four Nordic composers from Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden, respectively.
The programme features Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen's poetic Winternacht, as well as Swedish Benjamin Staern's Air-Spiral-Light, a piece that by means of light and expressive power conveys Staern's synaesthetic approach to composition. In November 2017, Staern's Air-Spiral-Light won the Swedish Music Publishers Association's award for art music of the year, and the piece will have its Danish premiere at NJORD 2018.
Apart from Icelandic Anna Thorvaldsdottir's meditative Ró, a piece where a prehistoric nature speaks through a simple, yet strong musical idiom, Friday's programme will also feature the world premiere of Danish-Canadian composer Justin Christensen's new work, a work commissioned especially for this concert, in which Christensen will interpret this year's festival theme, NORDIC NOIR.
Composer-in-Residence Anna Thorvaldsdottir's music is thus contrasted and compared with that of other Nordic composers from the same generation, providing special insight into the Nordic music scene right now.
After the concert, Danish composer Niels Rosing-Schow moderates an artist talk between the three young composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Benjamin Staern, and Justin Christensen.
Unchartered percussion Worlds
The evening's Late Night concert is devoted to percussion. The Danish percussionist Mathias Reumert explores unchartered percussion worlds, and he is also a dedicated interpreter of yesterday's masterpieces. This evening, he performs in KoncertKirken with a programme that pairs Anna Thorvaldsdottir's percussion music with several other works for solo percussion, and she is thus surrounded by both classical and experimental music.