In the early 1980s, while other young composers still grappled with conflicting ideologies of their art as science or as Zen Buddhism, Morten Olsen focused his attention on the present and practical, leading an electric jazz quintet and composing its entire repertoire. As co-founder in 1990 of the Athelas Sinfonietta of Copenhagen, one of Denmark's leading ensembles, he was well aware of the challenge to composers confronted by conflicting perspectives of the new.
The first work by Morten Olsen published by Edition·S dates back to 1993–94 and since then he has written an impressive list of compositions ranging from solo pieces to orchestral works, that we are proud to present.
One of his most recent achievement is The Heart of Darkness from 2019, a violin concerto written for Anne Søe and Athelas Sinfonietta, where Morten Olsen was composer-in-residence. He says about the work:
Another recent work from Olsen is Scream the Color Red, a meeting between musicians from different genres: The classically schooled musicians in Athelas and Morten Olsen’s jazz sextet. Prior to the premiere of the piece in 2018, Morten Olsen talked about the work and the challenges of combining the two genres in interviews with Edition·S and Athelas.
Explore Morten Olsen’s musical world!