NOVEMBER 12-13-14-15 -Kreutzer Quartet at Conenct Festival
12th November 2011 Pre-workship session in the Caroli Kirke:We arrived in Malmo today to meet with the wonderful group of composers who have contributed to this project. Today was not the workshop itself, but an opportunity to open the door to the exploring the wonderful set of pieces that has emerged over the past year’s project. Today we worked with Christos Farmakis, Sebastian Ingvarsson, David Riebe, Simon Sofelde. Torkel Ronnblad, Mantas Savickis, Robert Arnborg, Per Egland, Josefe Soreke. Every piece is full of individuality, personality, and a huge range of ideas, but the real work will happen on Monday’s workshop at the Music Academy. Many thanks to Rolf Martinsson, Staffan Storm, Kent Olofsson, Luca Francesconi for all the idealism and work that they have poured into this inspiring project for us!
Workshop May 5th Malmö Music Academy. Lund University, Malmö, Sweden
This was the third collaboration which I have made with the Music Academy this year. What began as a deliberately goal-less encounter with composers at the school has matured into an exciting collaboration, driven by the visions of the young composers studying at the school, under the enlightened benevolence of composer Rolf Martinsson.
Yesterday, the session was divided into two parts. To begin with, I worked with 5 composers on new works that they had written especially for the project. These were all extremely distinctive, exploring particular questions of colour, timbre, structure, counterpoint, dramaturgy and meaning. The technical processes ranged from ‘conventional’ modernist string writing, through ‘extended techniques’, a work for prepared violin, and culminated with a piece of music theatre, based on Ovid, for speaking (male!) violinist. After the class, I presented the new works, alongside Bach, David Gorton and Locatelli, in a concert setting.
In the course of the day, I also worked with young composers on two new String Quartets, which are being developed for the Kreutzer Quartet residency at CONNECT Festival in the autumn. As well as the students from the Malmö Academy, I was joined by young composers from other cities in Sweden and Denmark, who are also now joining this project.
Peter Sheppard Skærved, Copenhagen 6th April 2011