Performance at: Thursday at 20:00, Granhøj Dans
Opening concert: Black Box Music & A Long Way Away, a.o.
Sarah Nemtsov Brief – Stimmung (2012), Briefe – Puppen ohne Koepfe (2012), Poker, Roulette (2012) excerpts, Central Park / Manhattan (2011) and a long way away (2011)

Simon Steen-Andersen Black Box Music (2012)

SPOR festival opens its doors to an aural cornucopia with two Denmark premieres. The first is the multi-talented Sarah Nemtsov’s (DE) impressive work, which recombines three chamber music cycles spatially and simultaneously.
The second part of the concert is the internationally renowned and prize-winning composer Simon Steen-Andersen’s (DK) Black Box Music – a work that, having toured the world since 2012, is long awaited here in Denmark.


In SPORs presentation of Sarah Nemtsov, parts of three chamber music cycles combine, creating a new work. Every original cycle has its own main themes, its own questions, and still there is much in common between them.

Memory, different perspectives and the process of recollection is the nucleus of the cycle a long way away. Passages (2011) for ensemble. The specific logic of memories as a non-linear narrative is tranferred to a dramaturgy (at the level of micro as well as macro form). The cycle consists of 7 parts lasting more than an hour. Each part refers to a book – as a hidden setting of literature, (almost) without using words, sometimes associative, sometimes quite abstract. a long way away and Central park / Manhattan are inspired by works by W.G. Sebald and Mirko Bonné.

Briefe. Zyklus. Schichtung (2012) is a smaller cycle, dealing with communication, togetherness and separation, understanding and confrontation. All pieces from this cycle can stand alone or be played simultaneousely (using the space of the concert hall). Sounds, melodic fragments, harmonies and rhythms are sent or transmitted like thoughts written in a letter – to bridge the distance. Brief – Stimmung and Briefe – Puppen ohne Koepfe stems from this cycle.

Poker, Roulette (2012) is a cycle for percussion solo with an open form. The music is written in ”52 playing cards” - each picture has its own setting and each suit its own character. Percussion instruments are diverse, ranging from dice cups over tam-tam with roulette to street drums. Imagination and playing instinct are important.


Simon Steen-Andersen's (DK) Black Box Music is scored for percussion solo, amplified box, 15 instruments and video. The starting point is the classical soloist-conductor – only in this case, the conducting and solo part are one and the same. The setting is a traditional theatre stage with curtains, props and lighting – but here, the stage is also an instrument. The composition can be said to be a deconstruction of conducting and puppet theatre as well as an exploration and exploitation of the audio/visual relations inherent in conducting and staging. The “Grand Show” is in three movements, starting with an “Ouverture” and “Slow Second Movement” and then finishing off with a festive, pompous, self-imploding “Finale”.

Supported by Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond af 1968 and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Copenhagen

Sponsored by Pianokompagniet

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