Allan Gravgaard Madsen (b. 1984)
Allan Gravgaard Madsen explores the micro world of sound, opening up sparse textures in which he draws attention to the physical aspects of the classical instruments he uses: key noises, breathing, the pressure of the bow on the strings all combine with harmonics, multiphonics and other extended techniques to create a subtle universe in which one can just make out the traces of strict structures underpinning the sonic surface.
The tension between surface and structure is also appararent in the many arrangements of popular music that Allan has shown a talent for. He has, for example, given songs by Britney Spears and the Danish Nik & Jay his own particular twist, while also applying his skills as an arranger to the music of Efterklang.
Allan Gravgaard Madsen is a composer active in many corners of the Danish music scene. Besides his activities as a concert arranger (he is a board member of AUT, UNM and SNYK) he is co-host on Taktløs, a new radio show on P2, the Danish Broadcasting Corporation's channel for classical music, and since September 2014 guest curator at the online radio channel The Lake.
He has studied composition with Simon Steen-Andersen and Niels Rønsholdt, at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.