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

  2. De mørkeblå lillakvinder i villakvartererne

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    Music Drama and Stage Music

  3. Hvis solen var en lyd

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    Educational Music

  4. [im'pækt] vb

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  5. 4x4f

    2018 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  6. Rungende X

    2017 • Jexper Holmen

    Educational Music

  7. Lyden af hemmeligheder

    2017 • Jexper Holmen

    Educational Music

  8. Inflict

    2016 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  9. En krig om sommerfugle

    2014 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  10. Ravnholm

    2014 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  11. Eocæn

    2015 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  12. Varuna I

    2015 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  13. Mega Ketos

    2013 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  14. Sabi

    2012 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  15. Marula

    2011 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  16. Miranda

    2011 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

  17. Zyp

    2010 • Jexper Holmen

    Choir

  18. Tension III : Disembarrass

    2002 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  19. Salig den mand

    2008 • Jexper Holmen

    Choir

  20. gugu skatersange

    2009 • Jexper Holmen

    Choir

  21. Herlighedens Gud

    2008 • Jexper Holmen

    Choir

  22. Eris

    2009 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  23. Dysnomia

    2009 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  24. Berenice

    2007 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

  25. Gotisk suite

    2012 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  26. Oort Cloud

    2009 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  27. Vespa Crabro

    2004 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  28. Night Pace

    2004 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  29. Haze

    2005 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

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

    2004 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  31. Darkbloom

    2004 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  32. Haunted and Homeless

    2005 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  33. ÿon versatile 3 axis cnc bench milling machine

    2006 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  34. Crystal Park

    1996 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  35. Oil

    1996 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  36. Flower Shaped and Artificial

    2001 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  37. Extend/Illuminate/Unfold

    2001 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

  38. Variations on a Funeral Pyre

    2001 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  39. Ascend

    2002 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  40. Prefer

    2001 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  41. Attempt

    2000 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  42. Intend

    2000 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  43. Tension II: Into your mind

    1999 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  44. Study in Periodicity

    1999 • Jexper Holmen

    Solo

  45. Transcendental Preference

    1998 • Jexper Holmen

    Orchestra

  46. Mesoplodon Pacificus

    1999 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

  47. Penetrated Mountains

    1997 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  48. Diamonds Dissolved

    1997 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments

  49. Balaena Mysticetus

    1998 • Jexper Holmen

    7+ Instruments

  50. Expect

    1997 • Jexper Holmen

    2-6 Instruments




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Calendar

  1. Jexper Holmen: En krig mod humlebier

    location Aalborg, Denmark

    performed by Duo Diagonal

  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