NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale

11.1.2016 by
Kaija Saariaho, 2011 Photo: Priska Ketterer

Kaija Saariaho, 2011 Photo: Priska Ketterer

Colours, light, sound and visuals will soon take over Copenhagen as the new festival, NJORD New Nordic Music Biennale takes place for the first time, from January 28th until February 1st, 2016. The festival offers the audience five intense days with high profile musicians from Finland, Denmark, Iceland, France and Switzerland. The festival’s composer-in-residence is the award-winning Finnish composer, Kaija Saariaho, who is one of the most important contemporary composers of our time, known for her transparent and expressive soundscapes. NJORD 2016 will present the largest presentation of Saariaho’s work in Denmark so far, including a piece ordered by NJORD and performed on the opening night, Thursday, January 28th as well as pieces performed together with other composers’ pieces and visual art. Another festival highlight is the big Finnish ensemble, Avanti!, consisting of 19 musicians – one of the best contemporary music ensembles in the world – that will be performing for the first time ever in Denmark. Avanti! will play in the opening performance on Thursday, January 28th where Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone is on the programme, as well as on Friday the 29th, performing new Nordic pieces together with the Danish cellist, Jakob Kullberg.

 

Avanti! Photo: Marco Borggreve

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. Photo: Marco Borggreve

In addition to great music, NJORD Biennale also has art on the programme, and has ordered a new piece by the Finnish artist, Raija Malka. Malka’s architectural installation and Kaija Saariaho’s radiophonic piece Stilleben (1987-88) are the basis for the installation STILLEBEN that will be exhibited in Maskinhallen byt the Botanical Garden.  The vernissage for the installation is on Saturday, January 30th at 16-18. After that the installation is open for public on Saturdays and Sundays at 10-16, until February 28th. There is free entry to the installation.

Raija Malka. Photo: Risto Nieminen

Raija Malka. Photo: Risto Nieminen

 

 

The whole programme for NJORD Biennale – including six world premieres in four different venues – information about all the musicians as well as ticket info can be seen here.