Jexper  Holmen

Jexper Holmen

(1971-)

It may be unfair to label Jexper Holmen's music with his own term 'Chamber Punk' because, as all labels, it only accentuate certain aspects of certain works and not the variety of it all. It does, however, make sense to begin with this term, as it seems capable of describing some essential impulses in Holmen's aesthetics. His approach to composing for classical instruments seems to be infused with the energy of punk and postpunk rock music – an energy based on brutal, ecstatic, noisy and abrasive impulses.


Often, Holmen is recklessly pursuing one extreme idea, pushing the sound and the musicians over the edge, hammering brutal tone clusters from the orchestra at the highest possible volume. This has given him the image of an enfant terrible, which he himself denounces. He explores extremes in order to extract ambiguous beauties and energetic ecstasies from them, not to play rebel in a world of self-content subtleties.


To explain this strategy, he has used the dialectic image of slicing a tomato. If you use a blunt knife and press gently, the tomato will be crushed, while if you take a sharp knife and make a full-forced chop, the tomato will be divided in two perfect halves, retaining its structure. The brutal cut becomes the gentler.

A common denominator in Holmen's works is a gesture in which everything seems to slither askew. It sounds like microtonal glissandi within a cluster harmonic, even though the effect is often achieved without actual, notated glissandi, but by side effects of pushing the instruments to their limits, impeding tonal precision. Much of the intensity of Holmen's music lies in these slithering frictions.

From chamber punk to nursery chamber, Jexper Holmen's music is a thrilling experience, be it brutal or gentle, expressive or ambient, the intensity is remarkable.

Excerpts from article by Torben Sangild, 2011


Selected works:


Oort Cloud (2009)

Laughing out loud inhaling the SCARLET SPLEEN (fade to black...) (2004)

Night Pace (2004)

Intend (2000)

Attempt (2000)

Transcendental Preference (1998)

Available Works

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  1. Alle kan larme

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    Educational Music

    Cello duo

  2. De mørkeblå lillakvinder i villakvartererne

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    90 minutes

    2 cl, 2 Bcl, 2 hrn, 2 perc, 6 soli (mez. a. a. bar. bbar. b), 3 vla, 3 vlc, 2 DB

  3. Hvis solen var en lyd

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    Educational Music

    Accordion trio

  4. [im'pækt] vb

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    Piano, violin, viola & cello

  5. 4x4f

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    2 x piano and 2 x percussion

  6. Rungende X

    2017 • Jexper Holmen

    Educational Music

    4 minutes

    Percussion solo

  7. Lyden af hemmeligheder

    2017 • Jexper Holmen

    Educational Music

    3:30 minutes

    Guitar solo

  8. Inflict

    2016 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    4:33 minutes

    Viola solo

  9. En krig om sommerfugle

    2014 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    for amplified alto recorder, soprano saxophone & vibraphone

  10. Ravnholm

    2014 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    for clarinet, piano, violin & cello

  11. Eocæn

    2015 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    for baritone and piano

  12. Varuna I

    2015 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    string quartet & live electronics

  13. Mega Ketos

    2013 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    7 minutes

    Organ solo

  14. Sabi

    2012 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    4 minutes

    amplified steel-string guitar

  15. Marula

    2011 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    15 minutes

    cl, string trio and analogue ringmodulator

  16. Miranda

    2011 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

    14 minutes

    Sax solo + 0.0.0.0/0.1.1.0/2 perc/pno/cel/1.0.1.1.1/live-elec

  17. Zyp

    2010 • Jexper Holmen

    Choir

    4 minutes

    24 part mixed choir

  18. Tension III : Disembarrass

    2002 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    A-sax, acc, cb and ring modulator

  19. gugu skatersange

    2009 • Jexper Holmen

    Choir

    3 minutes

    12 part chamber choir

  20. Salig den mand

    2008 • Jexper Holmen

    Choir

    1:30 minutes

    12 part chamber choir

  21. Herlighedens Gud

    2008 • Jexper Holmen

    Choir

    30 seconds

    12 part chamber choir

  22. Eris

    2009 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    10 minutes

    Accordeon and electronics

  23. Dysnomia

    2009 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    10 minutes

    Bass flute & live processing

  24. Gotisk suite

    2012 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    30 minutes

    Accordion and live processing

  25. Berenice

    2007 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

    80 minutes

    Soprano solo + perc, gui, live-electronics and stage lighting

  26. Oort Cloud

    2009 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    45 minutes

    S-sax, 2 acc, live processing

  27. Vespa Crabro

    2004 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    1 minutes

    Cello solo + amplification + effect processor

  28. Night Pace

    2004 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    15 minutes

    Cb-cl, vibr, vlc + amplification

  29. Haze

    2005 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    23 minutes

    Flute solo + amplification, effect processor and stage light

  30. Laughing out loud inhaling the SCARLET SPLEEN (fade to black...)

    2004 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    5 minutes

    Accordion solo

  31. Darkbloom

    2004 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    18 minutes

    Clarinet solo

  32. Haunted and Homeless

    2005 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    Voice solo, double-bass w. amplification and effect processor

  33. ÿon versatile 3 axis cnc bench milling machine

    2006 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    B-sax, pno, vl

  34. Crystal Park

    1996 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    Violin and Piano

  35. Oil

    1996 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    Bass clarinet (or saxophone, alto or baritone) & percussion

  36. Flower Shaped and Artificial

    2001 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    fl, cl, perc, pno, gui, vl, vlc

  37. Variations on a Funeral Pyre

    2001 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    8 minutes

    4 vla da gamba

  38. Ascend

    2002 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    2 minutes

    cel, 2 vl, vla, vlc

  39. Extend/Illuminate/Unfold

    2001 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

    8 minutes

    Acc solo + 2.0.2.0/0.0.0.0/cel/1.0.1.1.0/live-elec

  40. Prefer

    2001 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    5 minutes

    Accordion solo + live-electronics

  41. Attempt

    2000 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    6 minutes

    Piccolo, clarinet, percussion, prep. piano

  42. Intend

    2000 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    String Quartet

  43. Tension II: Into your mind

    1999 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    4 minutes

    Soprano + gui

  44. Study in Periodicity

    1999 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

    6 minutes

    Organ solo

  45. Transcendental Preference

    1998 • Jexper Holmen

    Orchestra

    5 minutes

    2 (picc).0.2 (Eb and Bcl).1 (Cfg)/0.2.0.0/archi

  46. Mesoplodon Pacificus

    1999 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

    10 minutes

    Soprano solo + cl, perc

  47. Penetrated Mountains

    1997 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    3 minutes

    cl, gui

  48. Diamonds Dissolved

    1997 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    cl, pno, vl, vlc

  49. Balaena Mysticetus

    1998 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

    5 minutes

    1.0.1.1/0.1.0.0/arpa/pno/1.0.1.1.0

  50. Expect

    1997 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    fl, vl, vla, vlc




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  22. Leading New York festival features Holmen and Christensen

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  23. New Holmen piece premiered at Copenhagen Phil concert

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    New Holmen piece premiered at Copenhagen Phil concert

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  27. DYGONG Mass in Copenhagen Cathedral

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  32. Nordic Music Days 2013

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  33. Copenhagen Phil in Christiania

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  50. Denmark enters the Huddersfield Festival 2011

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  52. Turning point in Iceland

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Calendar

  1. October 2021
  2. 6

    October

    Jexper Holmen: En krig mod humlebier

    location Sofia Baroque Arts Festival, Sofia , Bulgaria

    performed by Duo Diagonal

  1. November 2021
  2. 6

    November

    Jexper Holmen: En krig mod humlebier

    time16:00

    location Stavnsholtkirken, Farum, Denmark

    performed by Duo Diagonal

  3. 8

    November

    Jexper Holmen: En krig mod humlebier

    location Aalborg, Denmark

    performed by Duo Diagonal