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Stuttgart Prize

... CAN MODIFY COMPLETELY/ IN THIS CASE/ NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE ... is to be awarded the Stuttgart Composition Prize 2017.

The award ceremony and concert take place in February 2018 at the Eclat Festival in Stuttgart.

"From the contrast between the very different instrumental forces - solo electric guitar on one hand, orchestra on the other - the composer produces a high energy density and great sonic richness. Musical lines of tradition such as concerto, virtuosity and the power of sound are subjected to extremely convincing revaluation", wrote the jury.

This year is the 62nd year that the Stuttgart Composition Prize is awarded. The first prize goes to ... CAN MODIFY COMPLETELY/ IN THIS CASE/ NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE ... Second prize goes to Malthe Giesen's work "$88 or the poetry of capitalism".

February 28th

Starting up Love 2017

This week a new collaboration kicks off in Reykjavik between Juliana Hodkinson, Icelandic Love Corporation and Ensemble Adapter.

The creative development starts on 30th January and runs through 2017 and 2018 as a series of short residencies, bringing together performance, sound and objects.

Love is the theme that millions of politically active people all over the world have adopted as an adequate response to the global power struggles and humanitarian crises that continue to escalate dramatically in 2017.

More info to follow during the spring ...

January 30th

All my friends


On Monday 9th January 2017, Samuel Stoll plays ALL MY FRIENDS REALLY ARE SUPERHEROES (2011) at Gare du Nord in Basel, alongside works by Ann Cleare, Michael Baldwin, Evan Johnson, Ray Evanoff, Max Murray and Michael Roth. The concert is part of the Dialog series, a collaboration between Gare du Nord and Hochschule für Musik Basel. The concert will be recorded by Swiss radio.

ALL MY FRIENDS REALLY ARE SUPERHEROES was written for Samuel Stoll, and is for solo horn with electronics.

January 4th

Agile Chambers


TURBULENCE (2013) goes back into the studio next week, 6-10th Dec 2016, as part of Agile Chambers in Melbourne, a week of open research labs and performances with artists from Chamber Made Opera and researchers from RMIT University.

Agile Chambers investigates the relationship between live performance and digital artworks, and the week will consist of performances, research panel discussions and presentations at RMIT Design Hub.

On 7th December there will be a lunchtime showing of TURBULENCE with artist talk (Cynthia Troup, Peter Humble, David Young), and on 8th December Juliana Hodkinson gives a presentation (by video) at the Design Hub Microlab on live/digital opera formats.

November 30th

Some reasons for hesitating


On 18th November 2016, Chimera Ensemble gives the UK premiere of SOME REASONS FOR HESITATING (1999), performing a programme also including works by Unsuk Chin, Catherine Robson and Gerard Pesson.

SOME REASONS FOR HESITATING is an acoustic piece for 15 musicians, who play precisely notated timbres without conductor, score, metre or common pulse. In an essay about the work, Cynthia Troup wrote: "about 'some reasons for hesitating' it may now be possible to write that the piece is a strategy for both disguising and affirming (as yet) ineradicable, institutionalised desires for a score — desires that have long ago conflated the-score-as-idea with the-score-as-object."

Above photo by Allan Gravgaard Madsen, from Young Nordic Music Days 2016, where Aarhus Sinfonietta played SOME REASONS FOR HESITATING, 15 years after the last time they played it also at Young Nordic Music Days 2001.

November 10th



Speak Percussion is heading to Jakarta, performing LIGHTNESS on 19th October 2016 as part of the FLUOROPHONE show at Komunitas Salihara's Black Box Theatre.

LIGHTNESS, written for three percussionists, places the humble match at centre stage, exploring the pure theatre and sonic world of the match and matchbox, amplified and sometimes distorted.

The show returns to Melbourne for a season at Newport's Substation, 23rd-25th November 2016.

October 14th



On 29th Sept 2016, Aart Strootman plays
CAN MODIFY COMPLETELY / IN THIS CASE / NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra under conductor Daniel Raiskin, at Harpa, Reykjavik, at the opening evening of the Nordic Music Days.

Next day, 30th Sept 2016, Nordic Music Days also presents NOTHING BREAKING THE LOSING with Scenatet, also at Harpa.

September 19th

Angel View in Warsaw


On Fri 16th September 2016, SCENATET plays ANGEL VIEW at Warsaw Autumn Festival/Soho Factory.

Composer, director: Juliana Hodkinson
Musicians: Aurore Dye, Mina Fred, My Hellgren, Mads Bendsen, Robert Zelazko, Sven Micha Slot, Frederik Munk Larsen
Sound: Peter Barnow
Lighting: Mikkel Jensen
Costume: Henrik Vibskov

September 14th

Hybrid Turbulence


Hodkinson and Troup's chamber opera TURBULENCE launches in its hybrid version at the Festival of Performing Arts (FOPA) in Lorne, Australia, on 3rd-4th September 2016.

First born as a live living room opera work in 2013, then re-imagined in film by Peter Humble in 2015, this hybrid version brings together both live performance elements and the film.

Set high in the sky in an airline passenger cabin, Turbulence invites you to witness a musical drama playing out between a mother and daughter, their parallel sung and spoken monologues weaving, colliding and soaring.

August 31st

Upcoming in September


Coming up in September 2016:

- Opera TURBULENCE premieres in its hybrid live/film version at Lorne Festival of Performing Arts
- Scenatet tours ANGEL VIEW to Warsaw Autumn Festival, with artist talk
- Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and soloist Aart Strootman play CAN MODIFY COMPLETELY/ IN THIS CASE/ NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE at the Nordic Music Days in Reykjavik
- New work NOTHING BREAKING THE LOSING premieres in Copenhagen and Reykjavik

See Calendar (left) for dates and more info

August 7th