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Trembling superheroes

Ernst Surberg plays RING A RING at the Berlin Haus der Kulturen der Welt 25th anniversary festivities, 'ein Fest für Auge, Ohr und Gaumen', on 22nd October.

And on 25th October, Esbjerg Ensemble & Tanja Zapolski give a portrait concert of my music, TREMBLING SUPERHEROES, at Hofteatret/Wundergrund Festival in Copenhagen. The programme includes works ranging from the dark and sparse ALL THAT WE CANNOT SAY via the roaring SCRAPE to this year's RING A RING and THE COASTLINE PIECE III: WEST, including several Danish premieres.

Meanwhile, I'm working on a new duo - PREVIOUSLY, ON - for Jetpack Bellerive from Switzerland, as part of their Bored to Death production which tours from November, starting at Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen on November 6th.

October 7th


Concerts coming up in September:

Preview, Vadehavs Festival, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg Ensemble

13th September SCRAPE
Sonic Festival, Literaturhaus Copenhagen, Zoe Martlew

Colourscape Festival, Clapham Common London, Alan Tomlinson

World Premiere, Klangspuren Schwaz, Esbjerg Ensemble

September 2nd


Putting the finishing touches to my new ensemble piece THE COASTLINE PIECE III, commissioned by Esbjerg Ensemble and Klangspuren Schwaz.

The premiere is on 27th September 2014 at Klangspuren in Austria, preceded by a workshop performance at Vadehavs Festival in Denmark on 4th September. The work returns to Denmark on 25th October, as part of a portrait concert with other works of mine at Wundergrund Festival, Copenhagen, all played by Esbjerg Ensemble with Tanja Zapolski.

THE COASTLINE PIECE III is published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen.

July 22nd

The week ahead


Busy few days coming up, with Rolf Hind performing WHEN THE WIND BLOWS and RING A RING (UK premiere) at OCCUPY THE PIANOS festival, St Johns Smith Square, on 31st May, and Manuel Esperilla also playing WHEN THE WIND BLOWS at KLANG Festival in Copenhagen on 3rd June. Also in Copenhagen, on 5th June I'll be performing a solo electronic set at DISTORTION Festival's Wilhelm Scenen, where I'll present my new solo version of I GREET YOU A THOUSAND TIMES, alongside LA COQUILLE and a brand-new piece, PAPERWEIGHT ARCADE. Then it's down south to Theaterhaus Stuttgart, where ANIMA Quartet and LORE LIXENBERG perform my new SWR-commissioned string quartet IS THERE SOMETHING YOU CAN TELL US on 7th June, interlaced with excerpts from the chamber opera TURBULENCE.

May 27th

Urban Decay


Ernst Surberg plays RING A RING at the STUPID MUSIC festival in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, on 8th May, 8pm.

Scenatet performs ANGEL VIEW at SPOR festival/Granhøj Dans, Aarhus on 11th May, 7pm, alongside new works by Christian Winther Christensen and Simon Løffler.

And Rolf Hind plays WHEN THE WIND BLOWS and RING A RING at OCCUPY THE PIANOS festival, St John's Smith Square, London, 31st May 5pm.

May 7th

Sonic Writing

Just published online:

Seismograf launches its peer-review platform devoted to contemporary music and sound art, with my article on SONIC WRITING - A VIBRATIONAL PRACTICE, published in English and in Danish.

In my article, I reflect on my own composing practice since I introduced electronics into my formerly instrumentally-based musical habitus, and I consider some issues related to context, gender and technology, centring on the techniques and metaphors of vibrato and vibration.

March 31st

Istanbul residency


6th April I travel to Istanbul as guest of Bogazici University, taking part in the residency programme 'Bogazici Chronicles'. Alongside seminars, workshops and meetings, and the daily chronicling of today's Istanbul, I'll be presenting two concerts:

EXPANDING SOUND, 14th April, in which I perform solo with electronics and objects to four films: 'Ten Minutes Older' (Herz Frank, 1978), 'Allerleirauh' (Anja Struck, 2004), 'The Seashell and the Clergyman' (Germaine Dulac, 1928) and 'I Greet You a Thousand Times' (Joachim Koester, 2005).

A THEATRE OF SOUNDS, 19th April, Scenatet performs a programme of chamber works and my new electroacoustic instrumental-theatre work ANGEL VIEW, fresh from its premiere at MaerzMusik in Berlin this month.

March 27th

Angel View

MaerzMusik and Scenatet present the world premiere of ANGEL VIEW on 18th March, 7pm at Berghain, Berlin.

ANGEL VIEW was commissioned by Scenatet, Spor Festival and MaerzMusik/Berliner Festspiele, with support from the Danish Arts Foundation, and is published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen.

ANGEL VIEW is an assemblage of urban and musical debris, somewhere between a wordless live radio play, enacted film soundtrack and instrumental theatre.

Photo: Anka Bardeleben Photography

Deutschlandradio Kultur will broadcast ANGEL VIEW on 20th March, c. 9pm.

March 6th

Distributed Opera

Just published - a new article (in English):

Juliana Hodkinson: 'Distributed Opera - new stagings, new roles'. In: Peripeti - tidsskrift for dramaturgiske studier, Vol. 20, December 2013, p. 30-41.

Departing from an introduction on the distribution of mainstream opera over the internet, this article offers some perspectives for reconceiving elements of opera in the light of other online audio-visual experiences such as computer games, and concludes with an anticipation of Breathless Moment, an upcoming tablet opera under development by Signe Klejs & Niels Rønsholdt.

January 22nd

Preview 2014

ANGEL VIEW - new semi-staged work for SCENATET: first performance at MaerzMusik/Berghain, Berlin, 18th March 2014.

BOGAZICI CHRONICLES - residency at University of Bogazici, Istanbul, with concerts and lectures, 7th April - 3rd May 2014.

NEW WORK for Anima Quartet/SWR, first performance Theaterhaus Stuttgart 7th June 2014.

New works coming up in 2014-15 for Poing, Speak Percussion/Klang Festival, Esbjerg Ensemble and Jetpack Bellerive.

January 1st