KLANG - Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival

The name is synonymous with a week on musically shaky ground in Copenhagen. This is where contemporary music comes to light. And by contemporary, we mean really contemporary! Most of the works featured in the program have been written within the last couple of years. And if that is not new enough for you, we have also put compositions in the program that are even more recent!
Actually, many works have been written especially for the occasion and will be premiered during the festival. And we are not talking just any kind of new works: these are written by composers dedicated to the Avantgarde, composers who insists on seeking out new territory, at any cost.
They are the new generation of composers and count among others names such as Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki, Niels Rønsholdt and Diana Soh.

Avantgarde is the key word. But what does avantgarde actually mean? The concept stems from the military and means vanguard – being at the forefront. What all the composers at this festival have in common is that they are not afraid to venture outside convention. They are not afraid to experiment, until the rest of the troop catches up to their forward march and incorporates their result in the standard repertoire. But the avantgarde composers of the day clearly also share a fondness for the old guard, for the composers that were once at the forefront and for their inventions. In recognition of that fondness, this year we have made an exception to the rule of only performing new music at KLANG. In the series “Old School” Avantgarde we present a selection of composers, who were once at the front lines of the avant-garde, in the Festival Café. In return, the frontrunners of today will be performing at the Festival Stage, where it is a distinct possibility that things might get a little wild and crazy.


Christian Winther Christensen & Rune Glerup
Artistic Directors