Ejnar  Kanding
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Ejnar Kanding

(1965-)

Ejnar Kanding is internationally known for his uniquely colourful music, which unites electronic and acoustic sound in complex textures, physical energy and delicate simplicity. According to Kanding music should not embellish, but be a realm of fantasy. Like a hall of mirrors, his music is a journey into the ambiguous. A sensuous voyage to the unknown areas of inner life.



Kanding has specialized in composing music for computer and instruments. This has led to an extensive use of the software MaxMSP. Both in the process of developing his works and as an instrument in live performances. Despite this obsession his focus is never the electronic experiment, but always the musical expression, form and phrase.

Kanding’s music has been selected for prominent festivals such as International Computer Music Conference (2001, 2004, 2010), International Society for Contemporary Music (2002, 2008), Festival Synthése, Nordic Music Days, Up North, and Interactive Arts Performances Series at New York University. 



Besides the Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year stipend and numerous work grants, Kanding has received commissions by international ensembles such as Osiris Trio (NL), Harry Sparnaay Trio (NL), Crash ensemble (IR), Cikada ensemble (NO), ensemble Ars Nova (SE), ensemble Adapter (DE), ensemble Mosaik (DE), Jack Quartet (NYC) and Transit ensemble (NYC), as well as the Danish ensembles Figura, Athelas, Alpha Trio, Copenhagen Art Ensemble and Messerkvartetten.
 


Ejnar Kanding was born in 1965 and studied composition and music theory at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen followed by studies at IRCAM in Paris and in Jerusalem in 1994/95. He made his debut from the Academy in Copenhagen in 1996.


Selected works:

Texture 1 (2013)

Obscure Transparence (Mosaico 2) (2013)

Stilstehen 1-4 (2009-2011)

Fluctuant (2013)

Kontur des Fühlens (2004)

Gaukler (2001)

Vergeuder der Schmerzen (1995)

Available Works

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  1. Nordic Extraction

    2021 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    29 minutes

    Violin, viola, cello, piano & live-electronics (Max)

  2. Une claire eau

    2019 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    Guitar & double bass

  3. Garden of Gethsemane

    2021 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    16 minutes

    Bass clarinet, cello & piano

  4. Harmonices Mundi

    2021 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    31 minutes

    String quartet & live-electronics (Max)

  5. Arild Duo

    2019 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    Guitar, double bass & live-electronics

  6. Meditation

    2021 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    1:50 minutes

    Bass clarinet and piano

  7. Impression

    2021 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    1:45 minutes

    Clarinet and piano

  8. VANITAS

    2021 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    17:30 minutes

    Violin, cello, piano & live-electronics (Max)

  9. Papilio Machaon

    2012 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    11 minutes

    Double bass, video (Jitter) & live-electronics (Max)

  10. Nordic Fragments

    2021 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    23:30 minutes

    Violin, cello, piano & live-electronics (Max)

  11. Still Waters – Hvilens Vande

    2014 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    3:20 minutes

    Piano solo

  12. Suite Résonance

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    13 minutes

    Guitar & live-electronics (Max)

  13. Textures & Mosaics, Vol. 2

    2018 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    34 minutes

    String quartet & live-electronics (Max)

  14. Simplichitas

    2018 • Ejnar Kanding

    Orchestra

    16 minutes

    2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/perc/6.5.4.4.2

  15. Ardent Flame I & II

    2018 • Ejnar Kanding

    Educational Music

    Cello solo or duo

  16. Nordic Broken

    2020 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    17 minutes

    Clarinet in Bb, violin, cello, piano & live-electronics (Max)

  17. Danish Golden Age Pieces

    2019 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    21 minutes

    Cello, piano & live-electronics

  18. Emotion Waves

    2019 • Ejnar Kanding

    7+ Instruments

    11 minutes

    Wind quintet and piano quintet

  19. Miniature 2

    2018 • Ejnar Kanding

    Educational Music

    Accordeon solo

  20. Miniature 1

    2018 • Ejnar Kanding

    Educational Music

    Accordeon solo

  21. Transparent Mosaic

    2018 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    String quintet

  22. Nine Waves

    2013 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    23 minutes

    String quartet and live-electronics (Max)

  23. Partita Mallorca

    2018 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    Violin, viola, cello, piano & live-electronics (Max)

  24. Viste Sueños

    2003 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    11:03 minutes

    Recorder (alto, voice & bass) & live-electronics

  25. Schichtstruktur

    2016 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    4:33 minutes

    Cello & live-electronics (Max)

  26. Sunstone

    2016 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    8:31 minutes

    Cello, piano & live-electronics (Max)

  27. Canzone 3

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    5:20 minutes

    String instrument & live-electronics (Max)

  28. Canzone 2

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    5:20 minutes

    String instrument & live-electronics (Max)

  29. Canzone 1

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    5:20 minutes

    String instrument & live-electronics (Max)

  30. Anagram 1

    2017 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    6 minutes

    Flute (with glissando headjoint), piano & live-electronics (Max)

  31. Mosaico 5

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    8 minutes

    Clarinet (Bb & bass), percussion, piano, violin, violoncello & live-electronics (Max)

  32. Mosaico 4

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    3 minutes

    Bass clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, violoncello & live-electronics (Max)

  33. Canzone 1-3

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    16 minutes

    String instrument & live-electronics

  34. Sensitive Shades

    2016 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    String quartet and live-electronics

  35. Zaffre 1

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    16 minutes

    Violin, accordion, visuals & live-electronics

  36. Hammershøi Pieces

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    23 minutes

    for cello, piano, and live-electronics

  37. Textures & Mosaics, Vol. 1

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    34 minutes

    Clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, violoncello & live-electronics

  38. Texture 4

    2015 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    5 minutes

    Bass clarinet, percussion, violin & live-electronics (Max)

  39. Obscure Transparence

    2013 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    String quartet and live electronics (Max 6)

  40. Mosaico 1

    2013 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    6:19 minutes

    Cello, piano & live-electronics (Max)

  41. Texture 1

    2013 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    Clarinet (Bb & bass), percussion, piano, violin, cello & live-electronics (Max)

  42. Stillstehen

    2011 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    26 minutes

    Bass cl, perc, hp, vlc, electrophony

  43. Fluctuant

    2013 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    10:16 minutes

    Cello solo and live electronics (Max)

  44. Vergeuder der Schmerzen

    1995 • Ejnar Kanding

    Orchestra

    11 minutes

    1.1.4.2/0.2.6.1/4 perc/8.8.8.8.8

  45. Three Colors – String Quartet No. 2

    2007 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    String quartet and live electronics (MaxMSP)

  46. tonlos Los tonlos

    2007 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    17 minutes

    Tam-tam and live electronics (MaxMSP)

  47. Sich hingab – String Quartet No. 3

    2010 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    8 minutes

    String quartet and live electronics (MaxMSP)

  48. Gaukler

    2001 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    Bass cl, perc, vn, db, live electronics (MaxMSP)

  49. Kontur des Fühlens – String Quartet No. 1

    2004 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    String quartet and live electronics (MaxMSP)

  50. Ciudad de las sombras

    2000 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    13 minutes

    Bass cl + live electronics (MaxMSP)

  51. Berge des Urleids

    1999 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    13 minutes

    Violin & live electronics (MaxMSP)

  52. Arild

    2003 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    8 minutes

    Double bass & live electronics (Max)

  53. Entbergen II

    2001 • Ejnar Kanding

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    Bass cl, perc, vn, db, live electronics (MaxMSP)

  54. Operanic

    1989 • Ejnar Kanding

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    31 minutes

    Soprano, Tenor, Baryton solo + 1.0.1.1/0.1.1.0/perc/cel/tape/1.0.0.1.0

  55. Winter Darkness

    1992 • Ejnar Kanding

    Solo

    12:30 minutes

    Accordion solo




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  2. Edition·S at KLANG Festival

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  3. Ejnar Kanding World Premiere

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    Ejnar Kanding World Premiere

  3. Ejnar Kanding Single Release

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    Ejnar Kanding Single Release

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  7. Digital Concert Series

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    World Premiere · Ejnar Kanding · Der Zauberlehrling

  9. Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

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    Significant grants for Edition·S composers 2020

  10. Uropførelse: Kanding

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    Uropførelse: Kanding "Guldalder Stykker"

  11. Ejnar Kanding in New York

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    Ejnar Kanding in New York

  12. Save 25% on all solo pieces

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    Save 25% on all solo pieces

  13. Upcoming Ejnar Kanding performances

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    Upcoming Ejnar Kanding performances

  14. Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

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    Accordion extravaganza at RDAM

  15. Premiere - Piano Pieces by Kanding

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    Premiere - Piano Pieces by Kanding

  16. Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

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    Significant work grants for Edition·S composers

  17. Ejnar Kanding headlines new Concordia Festival in Sofia

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    Ejnar Kanding headlines new Concordia Festival in Sofia

  18. Danish Arts Foundation grants for Edition·S composers

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    Danish Arts Foundation grants for Edition·S composers

  19. Ejnar Kanding and Nordic Noir in New York City

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    Ejnar Kanding and Nordic Noir in New York City

  20. Edition·S composers portray Copenhagen Phil musicians

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    Edition·S composers portray Copenhagen Phil musicians

  21. Ejnar Kanding · from Copenhagen to New York

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    Ejnar Kanding · from Copenhagen to New York

  22. Jack Quartet in Denmark

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    Jack Quartet in Denmark

  23. Kanding premiere in Copenhagen

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    Kanding premiere in Copenhagen

  24. Ejnar Kanding in New York

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    Ejnar Kanding in New York

  25. Nordlichter 2013 - Nordic Music and Arts in Berlin

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    Nordlichter 2013 - Nordic Music and Arts in Berlin

  26. Ejnar Kanding On Tour

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    Ejnar Kanding On Tour

  27. Ejnar Kanding Performance at VEGA

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    Ejnar Kanding Performance at VEGA

  28. Kanding & Bretschneider Concert & Release Party at VEGA

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    Kanding & Bretschneider Concert & Release Party at VEGA

  29. New Composer at Edition·S

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    New Composer at Edition·S

  30. Suså Festival – two decades of art music

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    Suså Festival – two decades of art music

  31. One-woman-show at Copenhagen Music Theatre

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    One-woman-show at Copenhagen Music Theatre

  32. Abyss music and Gothic accordion

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    Abyss music and Gothic accordion

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Calendar

  1. October 2021
  2. 31

    October

    Ejnar Kanding: Suite Résonance Duo

    time18:00

    location Hôtel de Ville de Sierre, Switzerland

    performed by Duo Concordis

  1. November 2021
  2. 28

    November

    Ejnar Kanding: Meditation

    location Frikirken Salem, Frederiksværk, Denmark

    performed by -

  3. 28

    November

    Ejnar Kanding: Impression

    location Frikirken Salem, Frederiksværk, Denmark

    performed by -