KLANG 2017 releases the full festival programme

KLANG - The Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival is Denmark's largest festival of contemporary music. This year, the festival is held for the ninth time from the 25th of May to the 5th of June this year. The festival is larger than ever with over 30 concerts and events distributed over 12 days at a number of Copenhagen venues.

Artistic director and composer Christian Winther Christensen talks about this year's festival:

"We have long had the idea to spread the festival more widely in Copenhagen, and this year it will finally become a reality. Our base will be the Concert-Church, and from there we will take some excursions out into the city. We also continue our good relationship with Tivoli, and this year it will be with the house-ensemble Athelas Sinfonietta, which for this occasion has turned into a chamber orchestra of 27 musicians. We also take a trip to the new cultural center KU.BE in Frederiksberg, where we have a whole day of activities for children and young people. Here, a number of Danish music schools and professional actors have joined forces to create and invent new music with children and young people."

World premiere of authoritarian opera
On May 25th, KLANG opens with the world premiere of the Falling Awake opera at Folketeatret's intimate Hippodrome. It is a violent performance of authority, manipulation and sex! The opera has been written and composed by the Danish composer Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki, who has previously been awarded by the Danish Art Foundation for his work, Gemmer mig for Rosetta, which had its world premiere performed at KLANG 2014.

Journeying in Tivoli
One of the main concerts this year is with a double sized Athelas Sinfonietta and the Greenlandic choir Aavaat. French conductor Pierre-André Valade conducts the ensemble and choir throughout the evening's concert, which takes place in the Tivoli Concert Hall on May 30th. On the program are the masterpieces Rejsen ind i den Gyldne Skærm by Per Nørgård, and György Ligeti’s Ramifications as well as two world premieres by the soon-to-be composer from the conservatoire James Black, and the more established composer Niels Rønsholdt.

Holland House and Nordlyd
On May 31th, Holland House occupies the Concert Church with the project BARCODE, launched at KLANG seven years ago. With BARCODE 03, Jacob F. Schokking and Holland House staged a new form of narrative colliding somewhere between theater and concert.

As an important focal point, KLANG has for this year’s festival invited world-class international ensembles to play in Copenhagen: Jack Quartet (US), Sonar Quartett (D), Plus-Minus (UK) and Adapter Ensemble (D). The latter will premiere works by three younger composers, who shares the common denominator of having "one leg in each camp". For the second year in a row, KLANG festival’s project Nordlyd focuses on the close relationship between the Nordic countries - this year with a particular focus on double nationality. Nordlyd II: The diary of an asylum seeker will pull the curtains for KLANG festival 2017.

Experience also Allan Gravgaard Madsen's and Mette Nielsen's debuts from The Jyske Music Conservatory, accordion player Andreas Borregaard as solo three times, Ricardo Descalzo (ES) with a generous program of new music for piano and live electronics, a theatrical, performative and conceptual concert with SCENATET and much more when KLANG – the Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival is held from 25th of May to 5th of June 2017.

See the full programme here.

Info about tickets and festival venues here.