Visions of Sounds: Simon Steen-Andersen

He does not need an introduction and still we are more than happy to present him as one of the most experimenting, rigorous composers at the present time. We are of cause talking about the Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen.

For more than a decade the art music scene has followed his steps with great interest. Simon is a traveller of extremes and is walking towards a busy autumn. From Cologne to Santiago de Compostela and from Paris to Huddersfield he will cross most of Europe’s borders.

Crossing borders is something very characteristic for Simon’s work. He is in a constant flux towards de/construction of all rules of music and sound. By strengthen and magnifying quiet sounds he focus on minimizing the space between the instrument and the listener. Through this Simon creates a spatial, sonorous room that embrace the audience not only sound wise, but also visually. The visuals are not seen as an extra dimension it is considered as a musical parameter.    

He represents a philosophy that combines music, sound and art. His performances are a method of eliminating the boundaries between what the eyes see and the ears hear.

Photo by Hanne Budtz: Run Time Error at Literaturhaus 2010

Read more about Simon here.

List of performances this autumn:

Ensemble Vertixe Sonora
October 25, 2012 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
rerendered (2004) 

Frederik Croene
November 2-4, 2012 in Merelbeke, Belgium
Pretty Sound (Up and Down)
at PostX 

Sabine Akiko Ahrendt
November 3, 2012 in Cologne, Germany
Study for String Instrument #1#2 (2007+2009)
[Venue To be Annonced]

November 3, 2012 in Sønderborg, Denmark
Ouvertures (2010)
And Run Time Error (2009)
Performed by Liu Le and The Symphony Orchestra of Southern Jutland
at 4 pm at the Alsion concert hall

November 11 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland 
On and Off and To and Fro (2008)
Study for String Instrument #1+#2 (2007+2009)
Run Time Error
Performed by Ensemble Asamisimasa 

Essener Philharmoniker
November 10, 2012 in Essen, Germany
Double Up (2010)
at 7.30 pm at Philhomie Essen, Alfried Krup Saal

November 17 in Huddersfield, England
Black Box Music (2012)
Performed by Oslo Sinfonietta
at 8 pm at Bates Mill
November 22: String Quartet #2 (2012)
Performed by Bozzini Quartet
November 24: Im Rauschen (2012)
Performed by ensemble recherche 

Frederik Croene
November 22, 2012 in Linz, Austria
Pretty Sound (Up and Down) 

Ensemble ACM
December 3, 2012 in Manchester, England
rerendered (2004) 
Amid (2004)
[Venue To Be Announced] 

Ensemble 2e2m
December 13, 2012 in Paris, France
In-side-out-side-in (2001)
Study for String Instrument #2 (2009)
Besides (2003)
at the Goethe Institute 

Frederik Munk Larsen
December 13, 2012 in Würzburg, Germany
Beloved Brother (2008)
[Venue To Be Announced]

Seth Woods and Brian Archinal
December 14, 2013 in Basel, Switzerland
In Her Frown (2007)
at Elaine Gallerie