Concerts held in Victor Borge Hall – named in honor of the legendary Danish entertainer and in recognition of his generosity to Scandinavia House – are supported in part by The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, The Louise and Karl Andrén Fund for Musical Performance, The Victor Borge Hall Endowment Fund, and The Dunard Fund.
Thursday, June 11, 8 pm
$20 ($10 ASF Members & Students with a valid ID)
In conjunction with the second annual mise-en music festival, New York-based contemporary music collective ensemble mise-en presents a concert highlighting the work of idiomatic Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen, including Winternacht (1978); Kharon (2009); Traumlieder(2009); In Memoriam Luigi Nono (2012); and the New York-premiere of Flowersongs (2012).
About Hans Abrahamsen
Hans Abrahamsen (b. 1952, Denmark) studied French horn in 1969 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, but began his composition studies in 1970-71 with Niels Viggo Bentzon. In 1971 he studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus where he studied under Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen; he also studied under Per Nørgård and György Ligeti. From 1975-81 he returned to Copenhagen to study music history and theory.
In his early career Abrahamsen was a key figure in the Danish New Simplicity/ny enkelhed movement – a reaction to 1960s Modernism. Despite the small scale and brevity of many of his compositions, his music often possesses an epic quality, creating the impression that behind the scarcity of material lie expansive concepts and dense thought.
Career highlights include the commissioning and premiere of Nacht und Trompeten (1981) by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Hans Werner Henze; the U.K. premiere of Four Pieces for Orchestra at the BBC Proms in 2005 by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ilan Volkov; and in 2008 the world premiere of Schnee (complete version) in Witten, Germany by Ensemble Recherche. He has received among other honors the Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Hæderspris in 1989 and the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize in 1998. In 2012 he was also a featured composer at the Witten Days for New Chamber Music in Germany.
In 1995 Abrahamsen was appointed Assistant Professor in Composition and Orchestration at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen. He has additionally found an outlet as an arranger, including the work of Per Nørgård (1992), Carl Nielsen (2010), and Claude Debussy (2011).
About ensemble mise-en
Led by composer and founder Moon Young Ha, ensemble mise-en draws its roster from New York’s most talented young new music performers. Its multi-national personnel strive to bring a repertoire of challenging, new sounds to diverse audiences. The ensemble wishes to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing (“mee” means “beauty" in Korean and “zahn” means “to decorate”), promoting large-scale composition projects and intense performances of contemporary music with programs featuring the works of many established and budding composers alike.
Hans Abrahamsen Portrait is made possible in part with support from Danish Composers´ Society´s Production Pool/KODA´s Cultural Funds.
Monday, June 15, 7:30 pm | Pre-concert Festival talk 6:30 pm
$35 ($20 ASF Members) | Festival Talks open to any ticket holder
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra travels from Helsinki to New York City to lead the 2015 Chelsea Music Festival's annual Carte Blanche evening with a portrait of Finnish music today, showcasing the Finnish Tango alongside works by Finnish composers Ilari Kaila (ASF Fellow 2006-07), Markku Lepistö, Magnus Lindberg, Veli-Matti Puumala, Kaija Saariaho, Aulis Sallinen, and Jukka Tiensuu.
Prior to the concert, members of Avanti! and composers Ilari Kaila and Uljas Pulkkis explore the topics of composition and contemporary music, especially that of and inspired by Finland.
Come hear what it is like to be Finland's foremost contemporary ensemble and about the creative processes of two leading composers in this rare opportunity to chat with some of today's most brilliant creators whose works will be revealed throughout the festival.
About Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
The Avanti! Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1983 by conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Olli Pohjola, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste; clarinetist Kari Kriikku has served as its Artistic Director since 1998. An ensemble that varies in size from a string quartet to a symphony orchestra, Avanti! specializes in no particular genre. Rather, it is proud to be a specialist in all styles with a strong sense of responsibility for the music of today.
Avanti! works in close partnership with the best Finnish and international conductors, soloists, and composers including Emmanuel Ax, Django Bates, Uri Caine, Barbara Hannigan, Gidon Kremer, Pekka Kuusisto, Hannu Lintu, Alexei Lubimov, Nico Muhly, Susanna Mälkki, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Storgårds, and Matthias Pintscher, among others.
Touring regularly both at home and internationally, Avanti! has become one of the most active ambassadors of Finnish music abroad. Since 1986 the orchestra has hosted its Suvisoitto (Summer Sounds) Festival in Porvoo, Finland. Each year the festival focuses on an international guest composer to forge a living link between contemporary music and Finland's unique summer music festivals.
The winner of many prizes and widespread acclaim from audiences and critics alike, Avanti! is a major force in the Finnish musical arena. Avanti! has released albums on the Alba, BIS, Ondine, and Finlandia labels.
About the Chelsea Music Festival 2015
The 2015 Chelsea Music Festival celebrates Finland and Hungary with its annual edition of innovative programming that features leading artists in the performing, visual, and culinary arts. From Friday, June 12 through Saturday, June 20, 2015 in New York City, over two dozen events will take place in a wide range of venues throughout Manhattan. Program highlights include reflections and collaborations on the life and music of Jean Sibelius, who celebrates his 150th birthday in 2015, as well as the music of Bartók, Kodaly, Rautavaara, and Bach. The festival will once again present world and New York premieres, original jazz arrangements, as well as evening and late-night expeditions that complete a portrait of Finland and Hungary's past and present.
Events include evening concerts with music ranging from baroque to jazz, Saturday morning family events that give children a chance to hear, taste, and see Finland and Hungary, late night events, and daytime open-air events that feature the Finnish tango and Hungarian dances.
Thursday, June 18, 7 pm
$20 ($15 ASF Members)
Groundbreaking ambassadors to Swedish jazz MUSICMUSICMUSIC and the wild and inventive quartet The Splendor join forces to present a fresh and exciting evening of contemporary music that combines acoustic jazz with live electronics and will reach audiences beyond the traditional borders of jazz.
In their native Sweden, trio MUSICMUSICMUSIC (MMM) has been hailed as one of the most vital music experiences to hit the jazz scene in years. With a passion for experimentation and an ever-present joy in playing, the group skillfully takes on classical jazz compositions as well as original work by the group's pianist Fabian Kallerdahl, nominated for the Best Jazz Musician of the Year award by Swedish National Radio (2011) and winner of the Jazz in Sweden Prize (2006). Bassist Josef Kallerdahl and drummer Michael Edlund are also two of the most sought after jazz artists on the Swedish scene.
After 12 years as groundbreaking ambassadors to Swedish contemporary jazz, MMM has established the trio as an institution in Swedish jazz and toured extensively, garnering praise in the Nordic countries and abroad. Their seventh album Buen Sabor (HOOB Records, 2013) stems from their worldly musical adventures, is a thank you to everyone the world over who, in one way or another, made an impact on MMM's music, and is a promise to keep up the work for at least another 10 years.
MMM previously performed at Scandinavia House in 2008.
About The Splendor
The Splendor is a jazz quartet from Göteborg that strives to give unpolished details and unexpected ideas a leading role in its music. The band members – Fabian Kallerdahl, piano; Josef Kallerdahl, bass; Lars "Lade" Källfelt, drums; and Lisen Rylander Löve, sax, clarinet – are some of Sweden's most renowned jazz musicians and their joint CV includes tours in every corner of the world and performances at the most prestigious festivals and clubs.
The starting point of their sound is acoustic jazz with elements of live electronics. Based upon short themes or longer compositions, the quartet creates its music through improvisation and an approach that is free-minded and curious. The result is magical, innovative, spiritual, and wild jazz. The Splendor has toured in Sweden and Europe and released three critically-acclaimed albums: Sound of Splendor (2008); Delphian Palace (2011); and Forest (2014). Each album has been nominated for a Manifest Prize in Best Jazz category. The latest album – Forest – was released as a double vinyl.
Special thanks to the Consulate General of Sweden, New York.
Ongoing, 5 – 10 pm (Last seating @ 9 pm)
$41 per person ($36 ASF Members)
Pairing top-notch Scandinavian cinema and music with fine Nordic cuisine, Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House continues its popular Dinner & a Concert prix-fixe 2-course dinner menu. Available from 5 to10 pm (the last seating is at 9 pm), this ongoing offer features a selection of favorite dishes including herb-roasted chicken, cured gravlaks and Swedish meatballs, and include one admission to that evening’s concert.