The single Nordic Broken 3 is the third movement of the EP Nordic Broken featuring Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen. The Nordic Series are three compositions by Ejnar Kanding combined in a work cycle, composed for piano, strings and live electronics, and which is inspired by life in Scandinavia.
Nordic Broken focuses on the broken, like nature can break ground, mountains and wood. Broken as the unavoidable decay, a prerequisite for new life. Broken as the mind can be burdened with grief. To be broken, that is, to be humble, for example, towards the beauty of nature.
The piece is commissioned by and dedicated to Messiaen Quartet Copenhagen.
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Ejnar Kanding is known for his uniquely colourful music, which unites electronic and acoustic sounds into 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 the inner life.
Kanding has specialized in composing music for computer and instruments. This has led to 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 is appreciated in concerts and has been selected for prominent festivals. He has received the Danish Arts Foundation’s three-year stipend and numerous work grants and composition commissions from international ensembles. He is the artistic leader in ensemble Contemporánea – Live Electronics Denmark and in EarUnit – concert series.
Ejnar Kanding was born in 1965 and studied composition and music theory at The Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen (1986-96), and in Jerusalem in 1994/95.