Photo: Alexander Banck-Petersen

Athelas Sinfonietta and Pierre-André Valade

Opening koncert with 4 World Premieres

Konservatoriets Koncertsal

27/5 2021, 19:30

Julius Thomsens Gade 1, 1974 Frederiksberg C


It will be an evening marked by premieres when KLANG Festival opens with Athelas Sinfonietta on stage in the Conservatory's Concert Hall. With them is the experienced French conductor Pierre-André Valade, who specializes in new music, and two uncompromising soloists in the form of saxophonist Oriol Pares and violinist Anne Søe.

Tyler Futrell, who has written Fresh Air especially for Athelas Sinfonietta and Anne Søe, lives in Oslo, and the same goes for Aron Dahl, who is coming to Copenhagen with a new saxophone concerto. Alt Flyter - a work about joy, repetition, sensuality and change - is about life and how one always ends up back at the starting point, but each time with a new understanding of oneself and the world.

In Miniature 3, Mads Emil Dreyer explores the solution between acoustic and electronic sound sources. With small transducers, he sends Sinus-waves from MIDI keyboards out through strings and chimes, thus becoming a kind of hybrid instrument. The music that emerges is characteristically gentle and simple; in the center is a calm motif, which becomes the subject of slight distortion in the ensemble.

Opposites also meet in Kirsten Milenko's Skin Deep. The music is inspired by the Norwegian folk tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and in Milenko's version the popular tale becomes a shadow hunt, where light and darkness are pressed together like oil and water, until a new and marvelous material emerges.


Mads Emil Dreyer: Miniature 3 – WORLD PREMIERE
Aron Dahl: Alt Flyter  – WORLD PREMIERE*
Kirsten Milenko: Skin Deep – WORLD PREMIERE
Tyler Futrell: Fresh Air – WORLD PREMIERE*



The concert is presented in collaboration with Athelas Sinfonietta and the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
* The pieces have been commissioned by KLANG and supported by the Danish Composers 'Association and KODA Culture, The Danish Art Council and the Norwegian Composers Fund.