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Vinyl release

CD Release

RING A RING is out on vinyl (also digitally at iTunes store, etc.), on the electronic label Martin Hossbach's release 'Pocket Symphonies'.

RING A RING is one of ten numbers created by various artists for the Doofe Musik festival at Berlin's Haus der Kulturen der Welt last year. Ernst Surberg plays piano and electronic pocket piano.

http://www.kompakt.fm/releases/pocketsymphonies

The next live performances of RING A RING are on 26th and 27th September in Esbjerg and Copenhagen, where Tanja Zapolski performs in Esbjerg Ensemble's concert Trembling Superheroes, for children aged 6+ and their families.

http://www.nordicmusicdays.org

August 22nd

Interacting with history

After 2 years of extensive renovations, the Danish National Museum's branch at Royal Jelling has just re-opened to visitors, with a new permanent multi-media exhibition, spanning 1000 square metres.

I've been busy at picaroMEDIA this spring composing audio (music, foley and effects) for some of ART+COM's exhibits in Jelling - in particular, the interactive Stoneship exhibit, and immersive Mythology room with films by M-Box. Thanks to Peter Weinsheimer at picaroMEDIA, musicians Peter Alexander Bauer, Samuel Stoll and Thomas Siener, and Marcus Stemler at Tonstudio Hanse Warns.

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jelling, with its rune stones and burial mounds, is one of the most important cultural-historical sites in Denmark. The Royal Jelling exhibition is an exploration of Danish history and mythology and, specifically, the mysteries of the Viking kings of Jelling.

www.natmus.dk/museerne/kongernes-jelling/

June 7th

Launching Turbulence

If you have 44 minutes to spare online, then put on your best headphones, settle back with a drink, and immerse yourself in an opera for vocals and electronics set in an aircraft passenger cabin.

Here comes TURBULENCE online, as filmed by artist Peter Humble, with libretto by Cynthia Troup and music by Juliana Hodkinson, performed by Deborah Kayser and Anneli Björåsen.

The film version was created for the e-book LIGE, released on 2nd June 2015 by the Danish Arts Agency and Danish Ministry of Equality in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Danish Arts Foundation. LIGE (the Danish word for 'equal') presents projects by 21 artists whose work addresses the shifting frontlines of the cultural politics of gender over the past 100 years.

TURBULENCE is cast for a Mother (soprano), Daughter (actor), and the voices of a female pilot, flight announcer and baby. The parallel monologues of the singing mother and her speaking daughter tilt, interweave, and collide; at times their articulations in the white-noise spectrum seem to be their only common language. This charged sonic environment includes the popping and rushing of an unreliable flight intercom system, an amplified transistor radio, a handluggage-sized synthesiser, and the aria 'For those who are near you are far away', with its soaring opening line, 'Sky as blue'.

www.lige-kunst.dk/#juliana_hodkinson

June 4th

ssssshshhhsssshhhhhhh

SPOR Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, with an extended catalogue, released together with the festival programme.

Alongside Lasse Laursen, Joanna Bailie and Björn Gottstein, I was invited to contribute to the catalogue, which also includes an interview with festival directors Anne Marqvardsen and Anna Berit Asp Christensen.

My essay - "ssssshshhhshhhhhhshshshshshsssssshshhshhhshhhhhh" - offers some reflections on the TACET edition of the festival in 2013, which I curated.

Pick up your copy at the festival, running 7th-10th May in Aarhus, or view the bumper 88-page catalogue online here:

www.issuu.com/sporfestival/docs/spor2015_program

May 2nd

Immersed

The last weeks I've been immersed in two multimedia productions.

Watch out for more news soon about the upcoming online launch of the chamber opera TURBULENCE (2013), versionised for the internet with a film by Peter Humble with Deborah Kayser (pictured) and Anneli Björåsen. You can already look through the libretto and score by clicking this link: http://issuu.com/scoresondemand/docs/turbulence_49188

Also, I've been busy making sounds for a permanent museum installation, with interactive and multi-channel exhibits.

All under covers until the summer - more info to follow. Meanwhile, thanks to all involved for incredible teamwork in these two large productions - you know who you are!

April 22nd

Next up, more brass

Concert

In February, Zinc & Copper Works premiered PLAY ON (for brass trio and electronics) at Kontraklang/Heimathafen in Berlin.

Later this month, Samuel Stoll plays ALL MY FRIENDS REALLY ARE SUPERHEROES (for horn and electronics) in the Leipzig series Musik & Gegenwart (20th April), and Jetpack Bellerive continues its Bored To Death tour playing PREVIOUSLY, ON (for violin and horn) in Berlin, Zurich and Biel (21st, 23rd, 24th April).

Click on 'Calendar' here on the left for more info.

April 5th

Tabletennis in music lessons

The schools education pack about WHY LINGER YOU TREMBLING IN YOUR SHELL? has now sold over 700 copies, and been implemented in many classrooms in Denmark.

Developed by Else Marie Okkels/Dansk Sang, with illustrations by Rasmus Bregnhøj and lots of very approachable exercises introducing composition to children aged 8-12, the book, CD and DVD are supported by a website where classes can upload soundfiles of their own compositions.

www.komponistforeningen.dk/node/7390
www.dansksang.dk/product.asp?product=793

December 9th

A thousand tiny things

Concert

Ensembles SCENATET (DK) and SCHALLFELD (AT) perform a portrait concert with my work at THE CUBE, Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik, Graz, Austria, on 13th January 2015.

Alongside performances of HARRIET'S SONG; SAGTE ER, DACHTE ICH; SCRAPE; PROMPT, IMMMEDIATE NOW / VERY RESTRAINED AND CAUTIOUS and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, there will be an improvised lecture-performance, MUSIC IN TRANSIT, and I will give a lecture COMPOSING WITH A THOUSAND TINY THINGS in the series Music and Sexuality/Musikwissenschaft Aktuell at Kunstuniversität Graz.

www.schallfeldensemble.com
www.scenatet.dk

December 8th

Midnight Concert

Concert

Thursday 4th December, I'll perform a solo electronics-and-film set at Copenhagen Playhouse (Skuespilhuset), at Kaja's Midnight Concert, using samples, foley and instrumentals to accompany the films LAZNIA (2013), ALLERLEIRAUH (2004) and LA COQUILLE et le CLERGYMAN (1927). Other acts at the Midnight Concert are Jacob Anderskov and Søren Kjærgaard/Simon Steen-Andersen.

www.kajamanagement.com

December 2nd

Sound & Vision

Concert

On 14th November, I take part in Interfilm Festival's Sound & Vision event at Volksbühne, Berlin, in a line-up with 20 musicians and sound artists making live music for short films, including Younnat, Klangschneider und Schneider, Scene, Small Beach, and more.

It's the third year in a row that I take part in Sound & Vision, and this year I will perform solo with water and electronics to Tomek Ducki's award-winning animation short LAZNIA.

www.interfilm.de/festival2014/programm/sound-vision.html

November 6th