Recording of Nakoda with Redshift Records

I’m very pleased to announce that flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor will record my amplified alto flute piece Nakoda on Redshift Records in 2017. He’ll also perform it on Redshift Music Society concerts in Vancouver, Canada. Looking forward!

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New Oboe Music Project

I was very pleased that the New Oboe Music Project chose to feature my music recently.

“This month’s featured composer is one who has written particularly striking and beautiful music for the oboe. It was in 2007 that I heard Ellen’s piece Zosa performed by Laura Karney in Germany. I was immediately struck by how very well she had made use of multiphonics and techniques such as having the oboe play into the piano. Ellen really understood the instrument very well and has composed works that are very strong additions to the repertoire.”

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New piece for Trondheim Sinfonietta and gamelan instruments

I have had an amazing process entering a new soundworld in this new piece, in which I’ve been asked to write for Balinese gamelan instruments together with the Trondheim Sinfonietta. Premiere in on Friday 11 November 2016, at Dokkhuset in Trondheim! Part of Trondheim Open.

Funded by Arts Council Norway (Norsk Kulturråd).

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New piece for cello and voice

Marianne Baudouin Lie has commissioned a new solo piece, for both cello and voice (one player!). Many Thousand Gone, which draws inspiration from on an old African-American folk song of the same name, will be premiered during the Fall of 2016. Many Thousand Gone expresses my reaction to the ongoing refugee crisis.

Funded by The Norwegian Composers Fund (Det Norsk Komponistfondet).

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Mot blått (Toward Blue)

for flute quartet (2 alto flutes, 2 bass flutes)

Listen: Mot blått (Toward Blue)
Recorded at Studio Epidemin, Gothenburg, May 2017
(40f: Ann Elkjär, Jill Widén, Bjørnar Habbestad, Anna Svensdotter)

Mot blått

I am fascinated by the use of color in weaver Hannah Ryggen’s works: both the colors themselves, and what Ryggen so eloquently expresses through her use of them. The colors have a life of their own: the intensity, richness, and subtle variation within each, the fact that Hannah dyed her wool and linen using only dyes made from natural materials (many of which she harvested and prepared herself), the extensive experimentation that went into developing her colors (especially her famous blues). However, I am perhaps most fascinated by that which she chooses to express, and how she expresses it using those colors. Ryggen uses her carefully crafted colors to express her responses to events in the world around her. She weaves about her immediate surroundings, yes: the Ørland lanscape, her family, the animals on their farm. Many of her strongest works, though, are pieces in which she weaves her responses to and opinions about critical issues in a world far from Ørland.

Deeply inspired by Hannah Ryggen’s work, my new quartet for 40f has emerged from my reflections on Ryggen’s oeuvre as a whole. I have crafted my ‘sound-colors’ with care, and woven them to express my reaction to three deeply entangled and troubling current issues in the United States: systemic racial inequality, gun violence, and police brutality based on racial profiling. I can site far too many specific examples of each. However, in Mot blått (Toward Blue), I choose to call attention to the depth and complexity of these problems, and to express my belief that a new way of interacting can evolve — is evolving — based on respect, love and non-violence.

Mot blått (Toward Blue) was premiered by flute quartet 40f on 18 November 2016 at Dokkhuset in Trondheim, as part of both the Trondheim Documentary Festival and The Hannah Ryggen Triennalen (Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum).

Mot blått was funded by the Swedish Arts Council (Kulturrådet).

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A Sense of Place

open instrumentation, 2-8 instruments

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Two American Folk Songs

for mezzo-soprano and sinfonietta

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Vlaams Sinfonietta premieres ‘Folk Songs’ on October 3

Vlaams Sinfonietta with Olga Romanko, soprano
Raf de Keninck, conductor

The Vlaams Sinfonietta has commissioned me and 4 other composers to compose new pieces based on folk songs from our respective countries. The project is inspired by Luciano’s 1964 piece titled ‘Folk Songs’, a cycle of 11 songs based on folk songs from different countries, which will also be on the program. Premiere on October 3. More information here.

Vlaams Sinfonietta o.l.v. Raf De Keninck
M.m.v. Olga Romanko, sopraan

In 1964  schreef Luciano Berio zijn “Folk Songs”: een cyclus van elf liederen, deels bestaande volksliederen die in een eigentijds ritmisch en harmonisch jasje gestoken werden, deels nieuwe composities, geïnspireerd op volksmuziek uit Sardinië, Armenië, de USA,…

Een zevenkoppig ensemble becommentarieert de melodie van de mezzo-sopraan.

Vlaams Sinfonietta trekt dit idee open naar de multiculturele realiteit van onze samenleving. Componisten uit de landen van herkomst van veel van onze “nieuwe Belgen” gaan aan de slag met volksliederen uit het land waar hun roots liggen: Nederland, Griekenland, Koerdistan, USA, Turkije.

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Alpaca Ensemble Plays Ellen Lindquist

Friday 4 april • 1 p.m. • Rein kirke • Rissa • Norge: Opening of KULMIN
Saturday 26 april • 3 p.m. • Huskonsert i Rissa  more information
Sunday 27 april • 1 p.m. • Ilen kirke • Trondheim  more information

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Flute quartet for 40F

I’m looking forward to a brand-new project for flute quartet with Göteborg’s fantastic 40F! Premiere will be in 2016…will post more info as it comes.

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Birds

Photo by Hans Falklind

Cecilia Ekmark commissioned me (thanks to generous funding from Statensmusikverk) to write a new piece for flute(s) and piano (Roger Johansson), inspired both by Hans Falklind‘s bird photographs and birdsong, for her ongoing project called Birds. This project is also supported by Sveriges ornitologiska förening (SOF) and BirdLife International. We met twice in Göteborg to develop material through improvisation, which I have now used as raw material to create the piece. Tomas Tranströmer’s early poem ‘Preludium’ is woven throughout the piece, which is titled ‘Vingarna breddas’ (‘The Wings Spread’). The project premiered 26 May 2013 in Gothenburg’s 3.e Våningen.

Watch video about project BIRDS

Watch BIRDS trailer

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Somniloquy

for bass clarinet, tenor/bari sax, piano; also for bass clarinet, cello, piano

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drömseminarium (dreamseminar)


Félix Pastor and Michael Douglas Jones, Västerås Konserthus, Sweden. Photo by by Henny Linn Kjellberg.

drömseminarium / dream seminar is a new piece of music-theater based on the texts of contemporary Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer and music of American composer Ellen Lindquist, produced by Companion Star, and developed collaboratively by an international company of musicians and artists.


drömseminarium creates an environment in which the spaces between the real and unreal elements of life are bridged, an important theme that appears throughout Tranströmer’s work. It is bilingual, mixing Tranströmer’s original Swedish with English translations (Robin Fulton). The cast of drömseminariumincludes two singer/actors and twelve instrumentalist/actors. A highly unique aspect of the piece is that all players, instrumentalists and singers alike, are characters in the piece, and also movers (with coaching from Swedish choreographer Helena Högberg). Set design by ceramic artist Henny Linn Kjellberg is a central element of the piece. Costume design is by Camille Assaf, and lighting design by Torkel Skjærven. Directed by Patrick Diamond. drömseminarium is a large-scale work, roughly 75 minutes in length, and is slated to premiere in September 2014 in Sweden.

Watch a video about the making of drömseminarium

Listen to music from drömseminarium:
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Resources:

drömseminarium

Companion Star

YouTube

dream seminar Facebook page

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Aanlanden

for string trio; also for clarinet, cello and marimba Read more »

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The Zoco Duo

I am writing a new piece for the Zoco Duo (Barcelona, Spain):

Laura Karney, oboe and English horn
Jacob Cordover, guitar

 

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Zonnebloem

for solo clarinet

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Romanska Bågar (Romanesque Arches)

soprano, bass, and chamber orchestra (flute/alto flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, trombone, harp, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, contrabass)
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Eos

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Turning Towards the Sea: 17 Haiku for Solo Trombone

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Zosa

oboe and piano Read more »

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Icarus

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The Bears Wake Up

2-part children’s chorus with piano
(text: Marilyn A. Johnson)

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Groundings

alto sax, cello, and piano

also: cl. (A)-vc-pno • alto fl.-vc-pno • alto fl.-bsn-pno • alto sax-bass cl.-pno • piano trio • soprano-Indian harmonium-vn-pno • alto fl.-contrabass fl.-pno
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Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky

solo marimba
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Nakoda

solo amplified alto flute Read more »

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I Dream’d in a Dream

TTBB choir, violin, and piano
SATB choir, violin, and piano
[text: Walt Whitman] Read more »

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Fanfare for brass quintet

2 B-flat trumpets, French horn (F), trombone, and bass trombone Read more »

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The Second Coming

soprano, tenor, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cello
[a setting of The Second Coming by W. B. Yeats]

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Be Still, My Soul

multi-percussion, viola and multi-percussion (new) Read more »

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Like Two Trees

SATB choir with clarinet, violin, and cello
(text: Sir Philip Sydney) Read more »

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Aspetuck Waters

piano with string orchestra and percussion

or piano and string quintet (2 violins, viola, cello, and contrabass) Read more »

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Gaia

solo violin
also: solo viola • solo cello
[for dance]
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Our Fathers’ Daughters

evening-length performance art piece with music for solo cello Read more »

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Sémélé

for tenor (or soprano) and theorbo
[text (French): Isabelle Balot] Read more »

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Chants d’Amour et de Mort

tenor, violin, cello, and piano
[song cycle of poetry by Isabelle Balot] Read more »

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Three Excursions

for string orchestra with percussion Read more »

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Lagoon

for string orchestra with percussion Read more »

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Pastorale and Invention

solo piano Read more »

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Heresies

flute, oboe, percussion, piano, cello
[incidental music for the play Heresies (1985) by Debra Levy] Read more »

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