FIGURA has just made an agreement with the Danish Arts Foundation’s Music Committee for Classical Music for the engagement of Nicolai Worsaae as composer-in-residence with the ensemble in the period of August 2013 to December 2015.
During this time period the ensemble is going to work closely with the composer and in collaboration they are going to carry out five projects, that range from concert-video-concepts with inspiration from the rock, electro-pop genre to composition workshops for children to a larger music theatre work based on Monteverdi’s baroque opera Orfeo, where “the story, drama and emotions melt together”, as Nicolai expresses it.
The composer-in-residence agreement is the Danish Arts Foundation’s initiative to connect composers and orchestras in order to offer a unique platform to develop and present musical ideas. The agreement is a natural extension of FIGURA’s work and experience with the composer on several concerts and performances during the past couple of years. Jesper Egelund, director of FIGURA Ensemble says:
“We imagine that an agreement like this can give us a chance to get to know more facets of Nicolai’s music. The works that Nicolai already has produced for FIGURA, Medea and Wesenheit ab Wesenheit, have given us a taste for his music. And the idea about going further together with Nicolai in the development of a range of planned projects is a natural next step in our collaboration.”
The Arts Foundation’s Composer-in-Residence scheme has existed for many years and gives support in order to give Danish composers and orchestras an opportunity to work together in a longer period.
FIGURA was founded in 1993 and consists of a core of four performers, one composer, an architect and an author. The ensemble is one of the leading ensembles in Denmark within new composition music and music theatre as well as communication of new music to children and youths. FIGURA received in 2011 the international YEAH! Award for the project “Små Komponister” (red. small composers), in 2009 the Reumert prize for the best children’s theatre performance and in 2008 the composer Peter Bruun received Nordic Council’s Music Award for the music for the performance Miki Alone.