We have had a few good experiences during the last months.
In september we played at the 25 year anniversary of the music society Ny
musik i Birkerød, the programme being mainly by composers with relation
to the city Birkerød. We premiered a piece by former inhabitant Anthon
Hansen and played Per Nørgård's classic Mating Dance as well
as variations by Kuhlau! And Anders played Tristrophoni by Axel Borup-Jørgensen.
After the full 3 hour concert, there was a big reception for everyone involved.
In March we visited Bornholm for the second time, playing a concert for the
music society Bornholms Musikforening, mainly based on our Nordic tunes CD.
We love the island and the people there so we hope to be invited back some
time! The concert was favourably reviewed in Bornholms Tidene.
4/1 2007 Happy New Year!
We are currently preparing the programmes
for coming concerts in the spring. As an extension to the release of the
"Nordic Tunes" CD we will offer a programme with folk music inspired works
from the whole world. Europe, South- and North America, Japan and possibly
Australia will be represented, so every taste should be catered for. We will
present this programme at a concert at the Cafe in Musikhuset Aarhus on 1st
of April 2007, 14:00. Be there!
The Japanese-Danish programme will also continue as well as the trio offerings
with soprano Birgitte Holt Nielsen, and as always there will be room for
other works, should the need arise; we have a huge repertoire to choose from.
11/9 2006 Finally!
two new CD's on the market, "Nordic Tunes"
with music from the nordic countries, and "Toru Takemitsu in Memoriam" with
the live recordings of the Japanese concerts mentioned below. Both are again
released by Classico
, and we are presenting them at a concert on 24th September 2006
16:00 in Frederikskirken, Aarhus. Both CD's are described on the CD page.
The CD's are distributed world wide so if
you are interested your local record store can get it for you. We have updated
the photo download page
with some new photos,
one of which was used on the inside sleeve of the "Nordic Tunes" CD.
Our two concerts with contemporary japanese music proved
once again that it is not easy to attract the audiences to new music. The
concerts went very well though, and we served japanese snacks and green
tea after the gigs, which proved to be very popular! In Copenhagen we had
three visitors from the japanese embassy fronted by the ambassador in person.
Furthermore Noriko Hisada witnessed the world premier of her piece Phase
III written for the occasion, and we had the opportunity to meet with Lene
Lorentzen from the classical music agency koncrt & koncpt
through which we can be booked in the near future. The agency works with some
of the best musicians in the classical field in Denmark.
We have a concert break at the moment, which means that we can finally
finish the CD with nordic music, and a live recording of the japanese
concerts. From medio july we are on the road again with summer concerts
Photo from Rundetaarn, Copenhagen. From left: Anders Borbye, Composer
Noriko Hisada, Ambassador Gotaro Ogawa, Marianne Leth, Minister Counsellor
Mrs Miyoko Akashi.
As can be seen from the concert diary, we are fairly
busy in the first quarter of 2006! Right now we are busy preparing for the
two japanese concerts on 19th and 20th of January. Half of the concert will
be works by Toru Takemitsu, while second half will present contemporary
pieces by Niimi, Fukushi and Hisada (world premier). An exciting and unusual
programme, and we hope a big audience will find its way to the shows! Our
programme of nordic music is still very popular, and many of our concerts
this year will feature nordic music from our coming 3rd CD.
We have decided to expand our folklore theme in 2007 to embrace music
from all over the world, which will widen the repertoire considerably.
Apart from works already in our repertoire, we will study new pieces, when
time permits. Lots of scores are waiting to be investigated...
We are doing two concerts with the soprano Birgitte Holt Nielsen
in October, in Ryslinge and Vejen respectively (DK). The Ryslinge concert
is something of an experiment; the venue is a factory production hall!
A small area in the middle of the hall will be cleared and chairs set up
in a close half circle around the musicians; otherwise the hall - still in
full use - will contain the usual machines and bits and pieces used for the
production of blinds and curtains. We are quite prepared for a different
We have now begun recording material for our 3rd CD, the repertoire
will be nordic music inspired by - or based upon - folk melodies. Composers
to include Edvard Grieg, Joachim Andersen, Friederich Kuhlau, Carl Michael
Bellmann and Peter Lindemann, changes and additions are possible though.
There is no release date as of now, but don't expect it to be out this
side of Christmas.
Our first CD, Toward the Sea
, who has been
sold out for a while, will be available again; a reprint is on the way
and should make the market mid october.
As can be seen from the concert diary, we have quite a few concerts
in the beginning of 2005, and summer concerts are coming in slowly but
steadily. The programme for the concert in Oslo on 27/2 requires a lot
of rehearsing, so we have decided to repeat the programme in Kunstbygningen
in Aarhus on 11/3. Programme will contain pieces for the duo, as well
as solo pieces for both players, with the aid of different kinds of electronics!
All works are written by Björn Bolstad Skjelbred and PerMagnus Lindborg,
and most of them dedicated to the duo or its members individually. So don't
miss this unsual concert!
We are planning to record some works later in the spring, for possible
CD release later. Exactly what we will be recording remains to be decided,
but our working theme is works based on folk melodies. We have quite a
few works who fits this description, so who knows?!
We are almost through the spring/summer season, which has brought
many good moments. We premiered Michael Bønsdorfs work "Sommerfulge"
(Butterflies) in april, and it was quite well recieved. a review of the
concert can be found on www.vejleklassisk.dk
(alas, in Danish!), likewise an excerpt can be read on the reviews
page (translated). Michael couldn't be
there at the premier, but attended our concert in Markuskirken in Århus
in June, where the piece was played as well. The two concerts on Bornholm
were played to full houses, and the first one was reviewed in Bornholms
Tidende, see reviews
page. After the concert
in Bindslev we have a break until the end of september. We will try to
study new repertoire until then.
The concert diary for 2004 keeps building up; among other things
we have just been booked to play two concerts on the small island Bornholm
in July. Our concert programmes this spring all have a strong nordic flavour,
though we do get time to play other things as well. As for new works
we have decided to give the world premier of the work "Sommerfugle" (Butterflies)
by Michael Bønsdorf (DK) on April 29th in Vejle Musikteater. Willy
Stolarczyks work for us has been delayed, so that will have to wait a
16/11 2003 Towards 2004
The season is over concertwise, and we are beginning to look forward
to 2004. The plan is to offer a programme with music from the nordic
countries in 2004, who can and will be designed to fit the individual
event. However, we are still offering our 10th anniversary programme
as well as mixed programmes with music from most of the world. Also our
cooperation with the fine soprano Birgitte Holt Nielsen will continue
in the coming year.
We will use the concert free space to arrange some music, hopefully
to be presented in 2004. We hope to premier one or two new pieces in the
spring, so keep an eye on the concert diary!
Recently returned from a fine trip to Liecester, England. We played
at the Leicester Early Music Festival, the venue being The Leicester Guildhall,
a part of the town museum in the old part of town. The area still bears
witness to the ancient Danish Vikings, who used to rule the country, shown
eg. in some of the city names. The Leicester Mercury - the only daily
paper in Leicester we're told - wrote a fine review after the concert,
see the reviews page. We were treated exquisitely
by the festival director John Bence, and hiss staff, during our
stay. It was the 14. edition of the festival and the next one is already
being planned, look for the festival homepage.
The repeat of the 10th anniversary concert in the Round Tower in
Copenhagen was very well recieved. The formidable acoustics meant that
the music was presented in a perfect environment, enjoyed by both the
performers and the audience. Carsten Bo Eriksen heard his work for the first
time, and another young Danish Composer with a piece waiting to be premiered
by Duo Takemitsu, Michael Bønsdorf, was present as well. The following
reception rounded off the event in a perfect way, so we can safely say that
the anniversary has been succesfully celebrated.
The 10th anniversary concert in Århus yesterday went exceptionally
well! An especially receptive audience made it a very special night and
the concert hall was glowing. There were lots of positive remarks about
the programme and the execution of it. Especially the world premiere of
Carsten Bo Eriksens work "Song without a Tongue?" made a lasting impression
on the audience. The reception following the concert almost turned into a
virtual party, but eventually the premises were succesfully cleared, so everybody
got home in good condition.
Last Saturday Duo Takemitsu recorded the new work "Lys" (Light)
by Hans Henrik Nordstrøm, who is due for a CD with this composers
works. Claus Byrith was engineering once again, and despite the considerable
difficulty of the music, the work was done in a good, focused and yet
relaxed atmosphere. The CD will be out this summer.