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Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen 70 years today

Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen turns 70 today, 28 July, and celebrates with an invitation for a birthday reception with music on 18 August in Copenhagen.

Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen celebrates turning 70 with a reception and concerts in Literaturhaus, Copenhagen on 18 August at 4, 5 and 6 pm. The concerts includes the experimental, the traditional and something close to pop. 

Guests can look forward to experiencing the free improvisational duo where Bergstrøm-Nielsen plays with drummer Kresten Osgood, John Mogensen-arrangements ala baroque and Italian folksongs performed with mandoline player Arne Beck-Larsen. 

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From the left: Karlheinz Stockhausen and the Intuitive Music Group: Jørgen Lekfeldt, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Lene Maack (standing) and Ivan Vincze. Photo: Lene Duus
From the left: Karlheinz Stockhausen and the Intuitive Music Group: Jørgen Lekfeldt, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen, Lene Maack (standing) and Ivan Vincze. Photo: Lene Duus

Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen's life in music began in the Copenhagen Boys Choir. As a musicology student at the University of Copenhagen starting in 1970 he discovered the music of the avantgarde by among others Karlheinz Stockhausen who is seen in the photo above from 1983. 

In the 70s Bergstrøm-Nielsen was an active member of the group for alternative music, where the members all composed, played each other's compositions, improvised, published a magazine, and organized a large number of concerts. Among others Bergstrøm-Nielsen also played in the Group of Intuitive Music with Jørgen Lekfeldt and Niels Rosing-Schow, ABFA with John Tchicai and Jan Kaspersen and Intuitive Music Group.

Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen graduated from the Institute of Musicology at the University of Copenhagen in 1984 as an Arts graduate with a Master's degree and a diploma in education. Since 1983 he has been employed by the University of Aalborg to teach in the field of music therapy education, where he teaches courses he developed himself on intuitive music and graphic notation.

Apart from teaching, Bergstrøm-Nielsen has made extensive courses of intuitive music at places like Stockholm, Sweden, the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland and Kawamotocho in Japan. A key compositional idea for him is to develop means of notation that enable the performers to focus on creativity in various ways. His works often consist of complex sound textures in constant change. The composer also performs on piano, organ, French horn, various small instruments, and in addition uses his voice.