Concept and background
SPOR's vision is to thematise, actualize and promote the contemporary music and sound art, nationally as well as internationally. SPOR creates a platform for stronger connections to the international sound art and music scenes - and therefore fruitful exchange which can inspire artists and further develop the Danish contemporary music.
The main activity of SPOR is the annual festival, which was held in 2005 for the first time, taking place each year in May in the city of Aarhus, Denmark. Since June 2007 Anne Marqvardsen and Anna Berit Asp Christensen have been the festival directors of SPOR.
Aarhus as the host for SPOR festival originates from a long tradition. Aarhus has a long tradition as a forward looking and visionary platform for the contemporary music and sound art. This position was especially established via the annual NUMUS festival - established and realized by the composer Karl Aage Rasmussen over a period of 25 years, from 1978-2002.
SPOR New Music School
Besides the festival activities, SPOR is the initiator of other activities that go beyond the festival. SPOR New Music School is a new initiative focusing on composition, experimental instrumentation and performance for music students between the age of 11-15. The project is funded by the Aarhus 2017 Foundation and will run between 2014 and 2017, where Aarhus is the Cultural Capital of Europe.
Read more about SPOR New Music School here.
Behind SPOR stands a board of people from the Danish and European music scenes:
Anna Berit Asp Christensen - festival director (chairman)
Anne Marqvardsen - festival director
Jens Voigt Lund - composer and founder of Seismograf.org (vice-chairman)
Lasse Laursen - composer and teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus
Rune Søchting - electronic composer, coordinator of the Nordic Sound Art MA study program
Juliana Hodkinson - composer
Niels Rosing-Schow - composer and professor at DKDM
Every year SPOR collaborates with a guest curator or a curator team selected by the festival directors and in consultation with the board.
This ensures that the festival changes tracks each year and keeps away from the habitual thinking it is trying to avoid. SPOR is the only festival in Europe with this concept.
The curatorial team of SPOR festival 2017 consists of SPOR's two festival directors, Anne Marqvardsen and Anna Berit Asp Christensen.