In 2016 NJORD Biennale succeeded in bringing the world-famous, Finnish Avanti! Chamber Orchestra to Denmark for their first ever performance in the country. This collaboration continues, and this year Avanti! NJORD plays NJORD's final concert - this time they present an inward-looking, contemplative programme, inspired by both nature and by poems centring on how human existence is reflected in nature.
On Studiescenen as well this evening are Danish cellist Jakob Kullberg and the Norwegian soprano Caroline Wettergreen - young musicians who are celebrated and enjoyed by audiences all over the world for their virtuosity and stylistically broad approach to music.
The programme places Composer-in-Residence Anna Thorvaldsdottir in a historical context through music by Kaija Saariaho and György Ligeti as well as another branch of the Ligeti family tree; Hans Abrahamsen whose work, To Inger Christensen Sange, will have its Danish premiere with Caroline Wettergreen as a soloist.
After the concert, NJORD Biennale invites the audience to join us for a drink at this year's closing reception in KoncertKirken. KoncertKirken also serves as the venue for Saturday's Late Night concert.
Before the Late Night concert, cultural researcher Torben Sangild interviews Anna Thorvaldsdottir about composition, visuality and aesthetics in relation to a number of her works, which will subsequently be performed live.
NJORD's final Late Night concert is the result of a brand new collaboration between Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Copenhagen Piano Quartet. Thorvaldsdottir has curated a complete concert programme with her own compositions for the young, award-winning quartet who invites the audience into a quiet, meditative room of creation and performance, in a poetic interplay between timbres, structures, visuals and the musicians' breathing.
The concert includes the work Trajectories for pianist and visuals, created in collaboration with the artist Sigurður Guðjónsson, as well as the premiere of Thorvaldsdottir's brand new work Spectra written for Copenhagen Piano Quartet and commissioned by NJORD.