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Assembly All Players
Work about the difference between humans and computers; and the huge gap in communication which really has to be bridged for the everyday interactions we have with computers and other 'intelligent' machines.
Mapping the Genome
Work for solo guitar about genomic DNA sequencing, especially of the human genome. The piece also includes a DNA sequence interpreted as music.
Thoughts from the Inside and Outside
- Images from the Brain
It has often been said that good music preferably is a mix between reason and emotion. The latter
distinction being closely related to the the dualist separation of mind and body often attributed to
Descartes. This piece is not only an unbalanced mix between analytic and at times mathematical content and emotional content; in addition it also brings forth the question of what it is possible to deduct from the outside of what happens inside the brain.
Water and Ink
Cello and Marimba
Piece about controlled simplicity. I would like to compare this to east asian ink (and wash) paintings.
All People are Equal
As I wrote this piece the topic of racism and ethnic discrimination was once again very much in the spotlight by a very tragic event in Norway. And it seemed
very appropriate for me to proceed with my initial idea to take a stand for all humans equal rights and against racism and ethnic discrimination.
The piece has nine different section with the following titles:
1. stand firm against racism and discrimination
2. all humans are sisters and brothers
3. minority rights, majority obligations
4. don't be scared of the unfamiliar
5. open your eyes against the world
6. much to feel sorry and angry for
7. love and integration
8. in your mind and actions...
9. we are all alike
the 7th flavour
2 electric guitars, 1 electric bass
Piece exploring the border between sound art and music, with the aid of the electric instruments. Using references to Beethoven's seventh symphony and to songs by Red Hot Chili Peppers, hence the title.
Absorb, Alter and Dissolve
I. On Archaic ground
II. New and inherited patterns
The three sections are based on three different approaches to the interplay between art music and jazz. But the idea was also to put this into a larger context. I am interested in how different cultural traditions in general can change. And I think I have found three important ways: 1) one tradition can change by absorbing features from a different tradition, 2) it can change with very careful and deliberate alteration, and 3) it can be changed by more radical dissolution of the structures that defines the culture. I would like to point out that I have no real intention to change the jazz tradition as the jazztrio stands for, but instead explore these ideas in an overall sound collage-like composition.
String quartet and percussion
We all have to relate to the much feared threats to our environment in some way. How will our world be changed in the future if the temperature
keeps rising? In the current situation we have to try to change something, but should we go "back to nature" in some sense or will we solve
the problem with technological means? One thing is clear though, we can't go back in time to how it was before.
Why I Refuse to Drink Coffee
Theatrical piece. With a lot of symbolism, e.g. coffee as code for the usual, common and obvious.
Flute, Recorder/Crumhorn, Alto Trombone,Guitar, Contrabass,Percussion
Eclectic and interdisciplinary piece which touches on many different subjects and perhaps evokes some interesting questions.
IEI - Interpret, Express and Interact!
any wind instrument and percussion (with optional non-pitch instruments)
Written for the exciting (jazz) duo Medi, but performable for any duo with wind and percussion.
Recorder, Tenor saxophone, Banjo/Ukulele or Guitar, Viola.
Going east or further west
A piece about keeping an open mind against cultures and ideas that perhaps feels foreign in one way or another; in this is also included to keep an open mind about the past and the future.
The appealing tone
Recorder and harp.
"The appealing tone came to us
as a voice from a distant past.
The wood and the dark strings
lit up the gateway to the past.[...]"
a conscious core
A piece about conscious decisions related to more automated and unconscious. It is also about how we humans have a tendency to interpret meaning, patterns and intention in phenomenons that perhaps are unintentional and even meaningsless.
Written for the third annual midsommer concert in Malmoe.
Trumpet, baritone sax, clarinet, cello, piano, percussion and tape
Piece in five sections which each reflects a different trait in postmodern art:
1. Bricolage (using whatever happens to be available) - the percussionist is using available stuff.
2. Simplification - simplified and minimalistic using only a few notes and durations.
3. Collage - short contrasting musical fragments with references to different styles.
4. Appropriation (taking possession) - borrowing from older styles of music.
5. Performance - performing words and very short sections with pop references.
Life in Five Movements
Selected in Chai Found Music Workshop´s Wu Xing competition 2009. Scored for the eastern instruments zonghu, qudi, pipa, guzheng, yangqin, liuqin and sheng. A combination of eastern philosophy and pentatonic system with more western part-writing and form.
Written for the concert Haydn Remixed to the memory of Joseph Haydn 200 years after his death. Scored for chamber orchestra (flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion and strings). The piece is built around a sampling technique where the opening bars of Haydns symphonies 23-27 is being used.
Mourning Franz Joseph
Written for the concert Haydn Remixed to the memory of Joseph Haydn 200 years after his death. Scored for chamber orchestra (flute, 2 bass clarinets, percussion and strings). The piece is a lament using the first themes found in symphonies 82-86.
Strings, Skins and Wood
Harp and percussion.
The piece centers mostly around the harp and its possibilities and limitations, viewed differently from the perspective of the harpist and the percussionist.
Trombone, tuba and 2 percussionists. Written for a concert in collaboration with the islandic group SLATUR.
Bells, Birds and Metal
Carillon, two recorders and tape.
Written for the second annual midsommer concert in Malmoe.
A rather extreme interpretation of the concept of bagatelle; each bagatalle is only a few bars long and lasting for only seconds. The bagatelles are paired in groups of three with a common theme of some sort. But they can be played seperately or in any order.
Adaptation of BWV 1001 (solo violin) for vibraphone, trumpet and percussion/drum set and electronics.
For acoustic and computer ensemble. The title refers both to the indeterminate outcome of the piece and the fact that the form can be looped continously.
Short piece for bass clarinet, marimba and tape.
Scored for banjo/electric guitar and live electronics. Written for a concert with focus on the electric guitar.
Surprising variations on the theme from Haydn´s symphony "Surprise". Carillon solo.
"Your eyes are wandering without purpose. Suddenly you see something that catches your interest. You zoom in. You are caught. You lose yourself in the details and zoom in to the limit."
Marimba and EAM. A gradual focus of pulse ends up in groovy jazz-flavoured electronica.
An exploration of the instrument, and a journey from very free and respiring playing to strict and surprising rhythm. Accordion solo.
New Media Old Media
Female choir with solo
Partly a tribute to media, partly a critic of our attitude towards media. Text by the composer.
The Eight Elements
Thoughtful piece about every day material and their sounds written for two percussion players. The following eight "elements" are stipulated: metal, wood, plastic, textile, water, glass, stone and paper.
Climbing towards the Sun
Written for the large but unusual outdoor instrument carillon. Upward, reaching movement.
Beyond the End of Times
Quartet for the twentyfirst century
in memory of Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Eclectic and playful piece in three movements roughly about the transition from disillusion and depression to joy and happiness. Guitar, violin, accordion and percussion.
Waiting by the Big Clock
A piece about waiting for a loved one. Bass clarinet and marimba.
Piece for electric guitar and computer - roughly sketched with much improvisation.
Cold as Snow
Piece for trumpet and carillon with improvisational middle section.
The Seasons of Uranus - three part invention
A piece for tenor recorder and harpsichord about extreme conditions on Uranus with some baroque influences.
The inner state of a person sleepwalking and abruptly waking up. Trumpet, marimba and optional live-electronics.
Piece for flute and guitar. Inspired by Ástor Piazzolla. Roughly in Tango nuevo style, but with hints of minimalism in the middle section.
Global challanges for the 21th century. Tuba, electric guitar and live electronics.
I. The Road to World Peace
II. Clean Environment
Duo for guitar and alto guitar. Piece in 6 movements which tells the story of a single relation, or human relations overall.
The movements are titled:
I. Acquaintance, II. Conflict of Interest, III. Attraction, IV. Relief, V. Routine, VI. Domestic Solutions.
Guitar Trio No. 1
Piece written for the enthusiastic and promising guitar trio Trio MaLaDa, former pupils of guitarist Carsten Groendahl. Not only was the piece written directly for the trio, each separate part was created directly for the individual guitarists. The piece is mostly in classical style but with hints from other genres. It is in three movements:
Variations on an Andaluzian Dance theme
The piece is based on the theme from Danza Espanola no. 5 by Granados, and consists of five contrasting variations:
1) 'Quasi theme' - molto passionato ma alla danza
2) 'The Upbeat' - semplice e reflessivo
3) 'The Melody' - dolce e cantabile
4) 'The Grace Notes' - con moto e scherzando
5) 'Quasi theme' - agitato.
Piece with dance character, written for solo guitar.