SPOR Festival 2013

Next week the Danish festival for contemporary music and sound art, SPOR Festival kicks off in Aarhus and Edition·S­ ­­– music¬sound¬art is well represented in the programme.

SPOR Festival runs from May 9 to 12, 2013 in Aarhus, Denmark and is known for taking risks and premiering international sound art. This year three Edition·S composers are on the programme with very important works.

On the opening night Simon Steen-Andersen’s Black Box Music has its Danish premiere. After touring the world for the past year the Danish audience finally has the opportunity to experiencing this unique work. Aarhus Sinfonietta performs Black Box together with the Norwegian percussionist Håkon Stene. So far, Håkon is the only one who can and has performed the work – previously with the prestigious ensembles Oslo Sinfonietta, London Sinfonietta and 2e2m. The opening concert takes place at Granhøj Dans Thursday at 8 pm.

Friday late evening Niels Rønsholdt’s cycle of love songs Me Quitte is premiered in its entirety. The first five songs were premiered at last years SPOR festival and was very well received. Now these five songs will be performed together with the following five ones that together form an entity – the love song reflected in a cabinet of magic mirrors. SCENATET performs all 10 songs Friday at 11 pm at Granhøj Dans.

Saturday Christian Winther Christensen’s Six Preludes is performed on a piano completely covered in masking tape. The work is part of a greater work, which will end up including 24 preludes. The first six ones were premiered at last year’s Athelas Festival. Six Preludes is performed by the piano duo Duo Cacio e Pepe Saturday at 8 pm at Granhøj Dans.

See the entire programme here.

This year’s festival theme is “Tacet” and the guest curator is the British-born composer Juliana Hodkinson, who explains:

“The theme of SPOR 2013 is the relationship between sound and context – between the sound and everything that surrounds it – the sound-in-itself, e.g. silence. ‘Tacet’ is the title of this year’s SPOR Festival. It is Latin and means “it is silent”. The silence is an extremely interesting part of the musical context, because it’s both a part of the music and the sound itself – and at the same time their opposites.”