Gothenburg Burning

This weekend the great international film festival in Gothenburg kicks off with wide variety of films from all over the world on the programme. In the middle of this intense festival, the Swedish ensemble Pearls Before Swine Experience performs an Edition·S – music¬sound¬art work.

Pearls Before Swine Experience is an ensemble that has specialised in commissioning its own repertoire of short (5 minute) pieces. The ensemble has a relaxed and direct style when doing live concerts focusing on close contact with the audience, which has made them popular and attractive to festivals around the world. The ensemble has also specialised in bringing new music to a younger audience and has therefore been invited to rock festivals and alternative platforms such as the Goteborg International Film Festival.

For this concert the ensemble has commissioned a work by Edition·S composer Niels Rønsholdt. The work is called Burning and will be premiered on February 2, 2013 during the film festival.

Burning is a part of a movie theatre concert that presents a meeting of art music and film. The film is a nightmarish animation portraying a man who drives a boy and his dog through a world resembling an arcade game. The screening is a collaboration with the music society Geiger and Musikcentrum Öst.

Rønsholdt writes about the work: Burning is a blues - a moment of melancholy written in music. It is a reflection on the peculiar fact that details of faces or moments that we passionately want to remember can disappear from our memory, like a blind spot in the eye after looking into sun. Musically, burning is built of different types of music that reoccur again and again, transformed and still the same, like a mind that circulates a painful thought: fights it off and lets it back in again and again.

Burning (2012)
Performed by Pearls Before Swine Experience
Screening Saturday February 2, 2013 at 8 pm
Göteborg International Film Festival, Cinema Roy