Friday 10th of June, 5:00pm, Tivolis Koncertsal, Vesterbrogade 3, 1620 København V

Steve Reich (USA) / EKKOZONE (DK)

Grand modern classic in Tivolis Concert Hall

Music for 18 Musicians” is like a stroll in New York: tons of energy and a nice flow on a tightly controlled background. Like the streets in New York – Streets and Avenues – there is a firm pattern behind ”Music for 18 Musicians”, but the way this pattern is unfolded is just like all the people who move around on these streets: full of energy, moving forward, while maintaining a cool exterior. The work is from 1976 and reached a status as a classic, when it was released on ECM in 1978. The work is almost an hour long, and is constructed on 11 chords, unfolding into 11 pulses. Each chord allows for the chord to grow, unfold and die. Simultaneously however, the new chord is already on its way, and the music is constantly evolving without ever stopping. The late David Bowie said, in a practically famous quote, that the work was "Balinese gamelan music cross-dressing as minimalism."


Steve Reich:
Music for 18 Musicians

The concert is presented in coorporation with Tivoli


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Saturday 11th of June, 6:00pm, Fælledparken, området mellem Rigshospitalet og Frimurerlogen, 2100 København Ø

Pulsing Pipes

Saturday Klang at Fælleden

Bagpipe: Erwan Keravec (FR)
Pulsejets: Ying-Hsueh Chen, Maciej Swinoga og Klaes Nielsen

Come along from 18.00 in Fælledparken, where KLANG Festival opens with an outdoor concert, which is rarely seen before.

The composer and instrument maker Lars Kynde and the artist collective Illutron is behind ”Pulsing Pipes” with three pulsejet-engines and bagpipes, which can be experienced in the area in between Rigshospitalet and Frimurerlogen in Fælledparken.

Kynde describe the work:
“The work is a site-specific composition that portrays the bagpipe by recreating it in huge format. The idea is to develop 3-4 powerful pipes with great distance in Fælledparken and let the park as an instrument play the accompaniment to a traditional bagpibe in a regular size. The pipes that are put on is of a type called  ”Pulsejet-tromboner” which is an instrument created by Christian Liljedahl og Tobias Lukassen.”

Simultaneously as the big bagpipes transforms Fælledparken into an instrument, the French musician Erwan Kerawec will walk amongst them and play his own bagpipe.


Lars Kynde (DK) and Illutron (DK):
Pulsing Pipes

Saturday 11th of June, 6:45pm, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Welcome to KLANG 2016 with bagpipe and John's Pølser

Bagpipe and hotdogs at Østerfælled Torv

Bagpipe: Erwan Keravec (FR)

Once “Pulsing Pipes” finishes, the audience and Erwan Keravec will move to Østerfælled Torv, where Keravec – who is one of the few bagpipe players who orders new works and plays newly composed music – will play three works by the French composer Bernard Cavanna.

At Østerfælled Torv John’s Pølser will be served for the audiences who wished to recharge, before the festival continues indoor at 20.00 with a concert by Athelas Sinfonietta.


Bernard Cavanna:
L’accord ne m’use pas le nuit

Bernard Cavanna:
… Ni le jour

Bernard Cavanna:
To Air One

Saturday 11th of June, 8:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

KLANG 2016 Opening concert: Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen (DK)

Welcome to KLANG 2016 and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen!

Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
Bass flute: Hélène Navasse
Zither: Leopold Hurt

Count down to space rockets, music, New Year and all sorts of things are woven into Daniel Moreira’s ensemble piece from 2014. The countdowns appear concretely when the musicians literally count down, and as samples of sounds. The work is a musical investigation of the count down – the thing that happens, just before something else happens.
To leave the anchor, to be left to one’s own, to stand on your own two feet -– This is the thought behind Kristian Rymkier’s ”Trois profs, prove le parfait” – Three professors, proof completed. The three professors that Rymkier needs to proof his worth to are the composers Gérard Pesson, Stefano Gervasoni and Frédéric Durieux. They have all contributed to the work, as Rymkier has borrowed bits from the composers, although the expression is changed, and the work stands alone on Rymkier’s account. Rymkier’s piece is a world premiere like the work ”FlashNight” by Niels Rosing-Schow.
Malin Bångs title "Irimi" (from 2012) derives from the sport Aikido. And so does the movement patterns of the music. The movements stimulate a sound-world built of wood and metal; precise, explosive movements, transformed into new sounds.
Leopold Hurts ”Gatter” is from 2014, and had its world premiere at the holiday courses in Darmstadt that same year. Hurt himself plays electric zitter in ”Gatter”, and this rare instrument alone opens up to a strange futuristic sound-universe with glissandi and crisp klimt. All of this is mixed with an energetic and at times awkvard ensemble rate.


Daniel Moreira:
Countdowns (2014)

*Kristian Rymkier:
Trois profs, prouve le parfait

Malin Bång:
Irimi (2012)


Niels Rosing-Schow:

Leopold Hurt:
Gatter (2014)

Sunday 12th of June, 3:30pm, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Oslo Plads 1, 2100 København Ø

Talkshow concert and communal dining / Den Frie Udstillingsbygning

Torben Sangild guides through a noteworthy concert at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning

Concert host: Torben Sangild
Ondes Martenot: Nadia Ratsimandresy (FR)
Performance: Lost in you Ensemble


Sunday from 15.30 – 19.00 are to be spend in Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, which KLANG Festival has a fruitful collaboration with.
From 15.30 there is a Talkshow Concert, where Torben Sangild will guide the audience through the concert with music from ondes Martenot. It is the French ondes Martenot-player Nadia Ratsimandresy who will be playing. The music is by Karlheinz Stockhausen (”Solo für Melodieinstrument mit Rückkoplung” originally from 1969), Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki is represented with two works “Duet for One” and “Lost In You”, which is a work by the Italian-French composer Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi. Finally there will be a world premiere by Li-Ying Wu.

When the Talkshow concert is over, there will be the opportunity to explore the basement in the Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, where children have resided Saturday and Sunday noon with the sound artist Rune Søchting og Nikolaj Nielsen Phillipsen. The result of this workshop is named “Drone Landscape” and can be experienced from 17.30.
The aim of the workshop is to create a spatial landscape of sounds, that surrounds the entire basement, and in which the audience can explore. The workshop ends by introducing the work in a performance. You can read more about the workshop, and about how you and your child can participate under “Drone Landscape - Workshop for Children".

Before the audience continues to the concert with Ensemble Kwadrofonik at 20.00 at Republique, there will be a chance for communal dining from 18.00-19.00. In collaboration with Café Oslo Plads, Klang invites to communal dining in the café in the Frie Udstillingsbygning. Meal of the day will be 85 kr.


Karlheinz Stockhausen:
Solo Nr.19 für Melodie-Instrument mit Rückkoplung (1966/2012) Stockhausen
(with a patch/max msp developed by Carl Faia, live sound designer)

Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki:
Duet for one

Jacopo Baboni-Schilingi:
La Dernière Onde Pour Un Enfant Retrouvé Mort Sur Une Plage En Été

Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki:
Lost in you

Li-Ying Wu:
New Piece



Sunday 12th of June, 8:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Ensemble Kwadrofonik & Barbara Kinga Majewska

The Polish composers of tomorrow

Soloist: Barbara Kinga Majewska

Electronics, voices, instrumental noise and whispering is all a part of the sound-image in this concert, where the musicians and the singer, in the piece “Intricate Machine” by Wojciechowski, for instance, fights a brave fight to push the notes through the noise. Furthermore, in the almost 30 minutes long piece “September (the next reading)” by Blecharz, the noise is moving on the edge of the audible, and the intimate whisper becomes dark and scary. This concert offers an opportunity to understand what is happening among the young Polish composers with an ensemble who, besides from the works of Wojciechowski and Blecharz, will be playing ”Squares” by Rafał Zapała and a work with the image-provoking title “Oh to Rub the Waxy Buddha” by Mikołaj Laskowski.


Rafał Zapała:

Mikołaj Laskowski:
Oh to Rub the Waxy Buddha

Sławomir Wojciechowski:
Intricate Machine (2014)

Wojtek Blecharz:
September (the next reading)


The concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republique of Poland

Sunday 12th of June, 9:30pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Lenio Liatsou (GR) performs Aperghis

Concert pianist performs modern classic

Piano: Lenio Liatsou

As a wall, the piano music from the 19th Century spiral its way up into a form of a sparkling electronic sound. The pianist throws himself against this wall of sound, history and musical yoke. At times like an angry three-year old with a “temper tantrum”, other times there is no doubt that this is a matter of life and death. A furious attempt to leave a mark and grab on to the wall of piano music. “Dans le mur” is composed in 2007 and is developed at IRCAM.

With the kind support of:


Georges Aperghis:
Dans le mur (2007)

Monday 13th of June, 8:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Klangforum Wien (A)

One of Europe's leading ensembles is visiting Denmark for the first time!

Conductor: Rei Munakata

Klangforum Wien will be premiering one new piece at their first concert at KLANG Festival – which also coincides with being their first ever performance in Denmark! – with the work by Ylva Lund Bergners ”Toujours vers toi". Beat Furrers "Spur" from 1998, is almost like a bomb of suppressed energy for piano and string quartet, which only in the very last minutes leaves a certain thoughtfulness presents itself in the energetic throng.

Aside from these two works the ensemble will be bringing to the stage for the first time on Danish soil a piece by Juliana Hodkinson called ”Inapparent Air and Aviary” – loosely translated into Danish as ”Upåfaldende arie/luft og voliere” – music which is airy and light, as well as sharp. Bernhard Lang has composed a series of works with the title “Monadologie” – this time it will be number 28, with the title “Seven”. The work is made for 7 musicians, and there are references to Beethoven’s “7. Symphony”. Monadologi is originally a term used by the German philosopher Leibnitz.


Juliana Hodkinson:Inapparent Air and Aviary

Bernhard Lang:
Monadologie XXVIII "Seven"

Ylva Lund Bergner:Toujours vers toi

Beat Furrer:

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Monday 13th of June, 9:30pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Old School: Klangforum Wien

European modernism at this year's first Old School concert

A concert with three works by composers from the European modernism, which have all proven – works and composers alike – to remain significant.
Spahlingers string quartet “Apo do (von hier)” – from here – is composed in 1982. Helmut Lachenmann, who recently visited Denmark in order to receive the H.C. Andersen Award, has described his music as “instrumental musique concrete”.
In “Dal niente” it is the clarinet that has been abandoned by all layers of meaning and musical references and thus appears as what it is : an instrument with flaps, leaf, mouthpiece - and then there are a musician who breathe, closes, opens and chatter. Combined, new music arrises which is the instrument’s own. “Dal niente” means “Out of Nothing” and is composed in 1970.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have Gérard Pesson’s “Nebenstück” that brings together the string quartet and the clarinet in a work from the end of the 90’s. As opposed to Lachenmann’s “Dal niente”, this piece leans casually into the tradition and the musical memory, and allows for Johannes Brahm’s "Ballade op. 10", to perform in a new and curious costume. Pesson himself speaks of the bizarre combination of memory and new creation. Works of the composer’s past which will always interfere – even in the process of creating something new.


Mathias Spahlinger:
apo do (von hier)

Helmut Lachenmann:
Dal niente (Intérieur III)

Gérard Pesson:

Monday 13th of June, 10:45pm, Reaktor, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 37, 2100 København Ø

Café night: Music and talk

Torben Sangild meets relevant composers + mini concert with Anders Monrad (DK) / Ying Hsueh Chen (TW)

Artist talk: Torben Sangild
Performance: Anders Monrad and Ying-Hsueh Chen

KLANG invites you to take part in cafe night at Reaktor after the main concert Monday night. Culture debater Torben Sangild unfolds some of the day's events in conversations with relevant composers and artists. Afterwards we will present a small and intimate concept concert with composer Anders Monrad and percussionist Ying Hsueh Chen.

"Sounding Images #1-6" by Anders Monrad is 6 etudes exploring a new medium, which investigates the relationship between sound and image. Anders Monrad, who is the composer of the six new works, is interested in the direct relation between sound and image; in algorithmic computer generated composition and interactive music written for the new handheld platforms. Sounding Images #1-6 combines these three things.

Percussionist Ying-Hsueh Chen has recorded all sounds that are being used in the app, which is the foundation of the music. The app is used at the live concert, and will be available for download after the concert, so that the audience can bring the work home with them on their phone.


Anders Monrad:
Sounding Images #1-6

Café nights with Torben Sangild are presented together with SNYK

Tuesday 14th of June, 8:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Distractfold Ensemble (UK)

From Manchester to Copenhagen


Steve Takasugi:
Letter from prison

Nicolai Worsaae:
New piece, for clarinet, melodica, guitar and violin

Mauricio Pauly:
Sky Destroys Dog

Else Marie Pade:
4 Illustrations: Himmelrummet (The Firmament)

Ana Dall’Ara Majek:
Diaphonous Acarina

Sam Salem:
Not one can pass away

Marek Poliks:
Hull Not Continent

Tuesday 14th of June, 10:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Old School: Mivos Quartet (USA)

Old school boys presented at the festival's second Old School concert

There are a number of composers who have left their mark on the genre of string quartets in the 20th century, and Brian Ferneyhoughs is one of them. "String Quartet II" is from 1980 and like the composer’s other works, it is incredibly difficult and highly complex.
The complexity is an expression in itself, and with it comes energy, determination, intensity and perhaps some form of will-to-fight among the musicians. This does not mean, however, that this should be the only expression that shines through in Ferneyhoughs quartets: they are also often elegant, multi layered and diverse.

"String Quartet in Four Parts" is from 1950. The work, like other of John Cage’s works, is inspired by Indian philosophy. As the title insinuates, there are 4 parts in the quartet, divided into the 4 seasons: Quietly Flowing Along – Summer, Slowly Rocking – Autumn, Nearly Stationary – Winter, Quodlibet – Spring. In opposition to Ferneyhough, Cage’s quartet is quite simple in its expression. During the 1940’s Cage chose to move away from a personal expression in the music, and this work is constructed on a series of ”gamuts” – in colour scales, as Cage founded and composed around.

The music is thus not random, but Cage takes a step back to assure that his personal expression does not interfere and prevent the colour scales to appear. Shortly after the completion of this quartet Cage started to work with randomness, as a foundation for his compositional work.


Brian Ferneyhough:
String Quartet II

John Cage:
String Quartet in Four Parts

Tuesday 14th of June, 10:45pm, Reaktor, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 37, 2100 København Ø

Café night: Music and talk

Torben Sangild meets relevant composers + mini concert with Niklas Ottander

Artist talk: Torben Sangild
Performance: Niklas Ottander (SE) and Lorenzo Colombo (IT)

Again Tuesday night culture debater Torben Sangild meets relevant composers to an informal talk about their music.

Niklas Ottander is one of the young composers who will introduce a mini concert at KLANG 2016 and his musical partner is percussionist Lorenzo Colombo. "The piece "Neonlight" uses material from electronic dance music, dissects it and presents it in a new context," says the composer, adding "The piece is written in an attempt to present and develop electronic sounds through the perspective of the intepreter."


Niklas Ottander:


Café nights with Torben Sangild are presented together with SNYK

Wednesday 15th of June, 8:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Uusinta Ensemble

Nordlyd - a new joint Nordic project

With the Inter Arts Center in Malmö and Uusinta Ensemble from Finland, KLANG has initiated a joint Nordic project named ”Nordlyd” (North-sound). The title is meant to be taken literally as the three involved composers have been asked to record sounds from their local areas and utilize the sounds musically in their works. The three composers are Mette Nielsen from Denmark, Ida Lundén from Sweden and Hafdís Bjarnadóttir from Island, and they have each had a very different approach to the task. Mette Nielsen has recorded sounds from the harbour in Odense. But it is not exclusively her personal memories that resonate with the work, because the musicians also provide material in the form of children's songs.

In 2014, Ida Lundén was in her parent’s summerhouse as she recorded an old harmonium that was there. In the meantime, Ida writes, her dad was resting. ”Nu, sommaren 2016, är det gamla torpet sålt och min pappa finns inte längre, men inspelningen av orgeln finns kvar.” Lunden says. The Swedish title “Tyska mossarnas sugluft” is almost impossible to translate. Tyska mossarna was the name of the place where the “suction air” – the harmonium – stood. The sound of the old harmonium moves into the breath of flute player and the instruments of the ensemble and the harmonium becomes part of it – and perhaps the audience will too.

Hafdís Bjarnadóttir says that she is fully aware of the cliché of utilizing the Icelandic nature in the music. She has reviewed and applied analysis of meteorological data, recorded from wind-roses, and thus got the flow of the wind into her music. Aside from the world premiere of these works, there will also be music from Norwegian Lars Petter Hagen and the Finish Ville Raasakka. Raasakka’s work "Wenn wir schweigen" is full of surprises from a train station in Berlin.

Nordlyd is supported by Kulturkontakt Nord and Nordisk Kulturfond


Hafdís Bjarnadóttir:
Wind Roses

Ville Raasakka:

Mette Nielsen:
Odense Havn 1991/2016

Lars Petter Hagen:

Ida Lundén:
Tyska mossarnas sugluft

Wednesday 15th of June, 9:45pm, Reaktor, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 37, 2100 København Ø

Café night: Music and talk

Torben Sangild meets relevant composers + mini concert with Jexper Holmen performed by Duo Askou//Andersen feat. Tuva Semmingsen

Artist talk: Torben Sangild
Mezzosopran: Tuva Semmingsen
Violin: Hanne Askou
Accordeon: Frode Andersen

By a first glance the titles ”Løvspring” and ”Rosengård” looks to be of a romantic lied tradition, often associated with more hard-hitting tones. But this would not be entirely accurate, as Holmen’s music is also mysterious, delicate and subdued. Duo Askou//Andersen has for several years performed Holmen’s arrangement ”Årstidssange” on violin and accordion, and will be playing a series of the works at this concert. Tuva Semmingsen will be singing two of Holmen’s songs with lyrics by the poet, composer-colleague and friend Morten S. Danielsen: ”As Long As It Shivers In Salty Breeze” and ”Darling U, Darling Me”.


Jexper Holmen:
Fra Årstidssange

Jexper Holmen:
Darling U, Darling Me
(lyrics: Morten S. Danielsen)

Jexper Holmen:
As Long As It Shivers In Salty Breeze
(lyrics: Morten S. Danielsen)


Café nights with Torben Sangild are presented together with SNYK

Thursday 16th of June, 4:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, København Ø

Suzuki Instituttet at KLANG

Children playing avantgarde!

Modern music normally does not take up a lot of time in the everyday at the Suzuki Institute in Copenhagen. However, in the last few months you have been able to hear the students play music from among others, Henning Christiansen, Simon Steen Andersen and György Kurtág, from the rehearsal space in the old radio house. It has also been possible to oversee a master-class in free improvisation with Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen.

The concert’s last piece "Echoes in G-major", is composed especially for the Suzuki Institute and is inspired by the composer’s impressions from the visits to the institute where he witnessed communal hours, chamber music and orchestra rehearsals. The piece takes its starting point in some of the daily routines, which connects the students across age and level: the ABC-song with added rhythm variations and the G-major chord that initiates all solo- and communal classes. 

Peter Due is behind the entire project of modern composition music for the students at the Suzuki Institute and is also the composer of the final piece on the program “Echoes in G-Major”. Due to Béla Bartók Hungary has a long and rich tradition of music pedagogy, and besides from Bartók, the Hungarian Kurtág is also represented on this years program. Aside from these two Hungarian giants from the 20th century four Danish composers are represented: Simon Steen-Andersen with ”Study for String Instrument no. 2” from 2009, Henning Christiansen with the string quartet ”Den rokadiske” from 1966, Peter Due’s work, referred to above, especially composed for the Suzuki Institute, and finally music by Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, with the work ”Kontrastspil”.


Béla Bartók:

György Kurtág:
Perpetuum mobile (from Jatakok I)

Simon Steen-Andersen:
Study for string instrument nr. 2

Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen:

Henning Christiansen:
Strygekvartet op. 34, Den rokadiske

Peter Due:
Echoes in G-major (1. Andante, 2. Allegro non troppo)

Thursday 16th of June, 7:30pm, Tivolis Koncertsal, Vesterbrogade 3, 1620 København V


Tivoli Concert Hall provides the setting for tonight's concert including Stone Hammer Quartet, Esbjerg Ensemble and Copenhagen Phil and string players from the Royal Danish Academy of Music

Piano: Katrine Gislinge

Three works, similar and yet clearly different. Their joint title is “Papilions” – Butterflies. But each of the three works also have a title of their own: ”Rosenbad – Papillons” for the string quartet and piano, ”Mignon – Papillons” for the piano and string orchestra and ”Pantomime – Papillons” for the piano and ensemble. The music consists of a piano voice in seven movements, which is the same in all three works. The seven movements are not played in the same order however, and everything that surrounds the piano is different in all three works. The composer himself says “One could say that it is the same story (the piano voice) that are being told in three different ways, and simultaneously it is three different stories that are being told by the same person (the pianist).”

The artist Maja Lisa Engelhardt is in charge of the visual aspect of the concert.


Stenhammer Kvartetten and Katrine Gislinge perform
Bent Sørensen:
Rosenbad – Papillons

Copenhagen Phil and Katrine Gislinge perform
Bent Sørensen:
Mignon – Papillons

Esbjerg Ensemble and Katrine Gislinge perform
Bent Sørensen:
Pantomime – Papillons

Festival passes purchased in presale MUST be collected at Republique's ticket office or printed in advance!
KLANG's festival passes cover entrance to Tivoli Garden and access to Tivoli's Concert Hall. It is not possible to collect or buy festival passes in Tivoli. Read more at ticket info

The concert is presented in coorporation with Tivoli

Friday 17th of June, 6:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

Duo Hellqvist/Amaral (NO)

Norwegian duo presents three WORLD PREMIERES

Three world premieres make out the program for this concert with the Norwegian Duo Hellqvist/Amaral. It is a German, a Norwegian and a Danish piece held over the baptism.
Johannes Kreidlers piano work includes audio and video playback, the title is “Steady Shot”. Kaj Duncan David’s piece has the title “Miniatures for electric piano, violin, electronics and four light bulbs". The composer says that the instruments – including the light bulbs – is connected in such a way that everything the eye sees, is directly related to what is heard by the ear. As in David’s work, the content of Øyvind Torvund’s work is also to be read in the title: ”Plans for Future Keyboard and Violin Pieces”. When asked to elaborate on the title, the composer says, “The work is a presentation of ideas for future works, which would be too expensive or unpractical to create”.


Kaj Duncan David:
Miniatures for electric piano, violin, electronics and four light bulbs (2016)

Johannes Kreidler:
Steady Shot (2016)

Øyvind Torvund:
Plans for future keyboard and violin pieces (2016)

Friday 17th of June, 8:00pm, Festivalscenen, Republique, Østerfælled Torv 34, 2100 København Ø

"All In One" Quartet concert

Alba String Quartet (DK), Mivos String Quartet (USA), Nordic String Quartet (DK)

Conductor: Casper Schreiber

Each In Each – Mutual Ordering – Well-Tuned Sounds. These are the three titles of Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s string quartets no. 12, 13 and 14. The quartets are independent from one another, but collectively they make the work All in One – this does not mean, however, that the quartets are being played subsequently, but instead they are being played simultaneously. In practice it does not require a single string quartet to play three times, but three string quartets playing together, simultaneously.
For this concert, which is the Danish world premiere of the works, quartet no. 12 (Each in Each) and no. 13 (Mutual Ordering) will be played separately, but will be repeated concurrently as no. 14 (Well-Tuned Sounds) will be played. 

In between these performances of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s works three other string quartets, from three different generations of composers will emerge. The oldest work is by Axel Borup-Jørgensen, who’s work Torso carries the subtitle Konfrontationer for strygekvartet og båndoptager, and in a sense one could say that in this work, the string quartets are placed on top of each other, given that the sound played from the tape is a recording from a string quartet being played, while the quartet plays. Torso was composed in 1965.

In 2015 Martin Stauning received the Axel Borup-Jørgensen composer award. The piece Welkende Schalen is from 2015 and was written in the occasion of the Carl Nielsen Chamber music competition. The quartet consists of 8 movements, or eight “shells”, each with its own characteristic expression. The title means “withering shells”, which is impossible since shells never wither or disintegrate but are being crushed.

Ole Buck’s string quartet Hyperion is a youth-work from 1969. A string quartet, in which the musicians have a certain kind of freedom to shape the work by playing parts of a number of ‘deposits’, which the composer has given each of the four instruments.


Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:
String Quartet nr. 13, Mutual Ordering

Ole Buck:

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:
String Quartet nr. 12, Each In Each


Martin Stauning:
Welkende Schalen (2015)

Axel Borup-Jørgensen:
Torso (string quartet + tape)

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen:
All in One

Friday 17th of June, 10:00pm, Reaktor, Østerfælled Torv 37, 2100 København Ø

Fest, film and fish

Premiere of film portrait of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and closing night of KLANG 2016

We are celebrating the closing of KLANG 2016 with the premiere of the portrait film "På tværs". A movie about Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.

"På tværs" is a look into the Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen compositional workshop. Pelle talks about his considerations about recycling and love for music, to quote, to imitate, sabotaging his own statements as well as cleaning up and making room for simplicity. The music is being comment while it is played and absurd provocations go hand in hand with purity and beauty. Left is the contours of Pelle as a listening, playful and committed person at the note paper and at the meeting with the musicians Michala Petri and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.

Welcome to feast, film and (perhaps) fish

Direction, camera and edit: Birgit Tengberg

Duration: 30 min.

The film will be shown with english subtitles