NJORD BIENNALE ‘ECHOES’ - With Kaija Saariaho
Diamanten/ Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark
Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 8.00pm
NJORD's finale concert is a cornucopia of voices, electronics and visuals.
Theatre of Voices and Ars Nova Copenhagen delving into the organic and expressive tonal images of Kaija Saariaho.
Under the title ’Echoes’ the night also offers a grand multi-media show for eight singers, electronics and video. Saariaho herself will be behind the electronic compositions while the artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière will create live visuals. The visual qualities of the music is enhanced by letting video art function as a combination of the poetic narrative that has inspired the compositions, visual expressions of musical structures and imaginative play.
Before the concert Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière will host an artist talk on the subject of the meeting between music and visuals.
After the concert NJORD Biennale and Edition Wilhelm Hansen will offer a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Programme for the evening:
19.15 Pre-concert talk v. Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière
21.30 Finissage and bubbly
More info here
Tag des Jahrs for 8 voices (SATB) & electronics - Ars Nova Copenhagen
Text by Friedrich Hölderlin: Der Frühling / Der Sommer / Der Herbst / Der Winter
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Text by Jaufré Rudel De Loin
Nuits, Adieux… for 4 voices (SATB) & electronics - Theatre of Voices
Text by Jaques Roubaud: Échanges de la lumières & Honoré de Balzac: Séraphita
From the grammar of Dreams for soprano & electronics - Theatre of Voices/Signe Asmussen
Texts by Sylvia Plath: Ariel, The Bell Jar
Echo!... for 8 voices (SATB) & electronics - Ars Nova Copenhagen
Text by Alexandre Barrière: Écho!
Theatre of Voices:
Else Torp, soprano
Signe Asmussen, mezzo
Chris Watson, tenor
Jakob Bloch Jespersen, bass
Jesper Nordin, conductor
Ars Nova Copenhagen