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Athelas Sinfonietta (DK)

Presented by SPOT FLUX

Lille Sal, Musikhuset Get direction
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Featuring Li-Ying Wu, Matias Vestergård Hansen, Bára Gísladóttir, and Mette Nielsen. 

ATHELAS Sinfonietta Copenhagen presents contemporary composed music from the 21st and 20th century. ATHELAS consists of 16 musicians, each of whom is characterized by their desire and ability to work with innovative projects that break aesthetic barriers. 

Li-Ying Wu (b. 1978) is originally from Taiwan, but has lived in Denmark since 2003, where she studied composition at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music and electronic composition at DIEM in Aarhus. Wu has written music for a large number of Danish and international ensembles, orchestras and choirs. Her music explores sound and its evolution through composition, engaging in a dialectic of ideas that offers a reciprocal perspective on both Asian and Western culture.

Trained in piano and composition, Matias Vestergård Hansen (b. 1989) is a versatile composer who moves fluidly between large dramatic musical works and chamber music. In the autumn of 2017, he premiered the ballet ‘THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN’ at the Royal Theatre, and since then he has premiered several operas at, among others, Copenhagen Opera Festival and the opera in Helsinki. In 2023 he won a Reumert for his opera ‘LISBON FLOOR’ and in the same year he received the Young Artistic Elite from the Danish Arts Foundation.

Icelandic Bára Gísladóttir (b. 1989) is a composer and double bassist based in Copenhagen. Her work is generally based on thoughts about the approach and the concept of sound as a living being. Gísladóttir has worked with a large number of Danish and international ensembles, and has received several awards for her work, most recently The Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2024. She is also an active musician and regularly plays her own music solo or with her long-time collaborator Skúli Sverrisson, as well as double bass player in Elja Ensemble.

Composer Mette Nielsen (b.1985), trained in composition from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, works with ensembles of all sizes, soloists, choirs and orchestras. In April 2023, she had her first orchestral piece performed by the Odense Symphony Orchestra, and the same spring the album ‘Frozen Moments’ was released with the NOVO Quartet and Jonas Frølund with her string quartets and works for the basset clarinet.

The concert is part of SPOT FLUX, a collaboration between the Danish Composers' Society and SPOT Festival, which presents new orchestral music in a new setting. SPOT FLUX is presented in collaboration with Art Music Denmark and is supported by the Augustinus Foundation.


Featuring Li-Ying Wu, Matias Vestergård Hansen, Bára Gísladóttir, og Mette Nielsen. 

Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen præsenterer ny kompositionsmusik fra 21. og 20 århundrede. ATHELAS består af 16 musikere, der hver især kendetegnes ved deres lyst og evne til at arbejde med nyskabende projekter, der bryder de æstetiske barrierer.

Li-Ying Wu (f. 1978) er oprindeligt fra Taiwan, men har boet i Danmark siden 2003, hvor hun har studeret komposition på Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium og elektronisk komposition ved DIEM i Aarhus. Wu har skrevet musik for en lang række danske og internationale ensembler, orkestre og kor. Hendes musik udforsker lyd og dens udvikling gennem komposition, og deltager i en dialektik af ideer, der tilbyder et gensidigt perspektiv på både asiatisk og vestlig kultur. 

Klaver- og kompositionsuddannede Matias Vestergård Hansen (f. 1989) er en alsidig komponist, som flydende bevæger sig mellem store musikdramatiske værker og kammermusik. I efteråret 2017 havde han premiere på balletten ‘DE GLEMTE BØRN’ på Det Kongelige Teater, og siden da har han premieret flere operaer på bl.a. Copenhagen Opera Festival og operaen i Helsinki. I 2023 vandt han en Reumert for sin opera ‘LISBON FLOOR’ og samme år modtog han Den Unge Kunstneriske Elite fra Statens Kunstfond. 

Islandske Bára Gísladóttir (f. 1989) er en komponist og kontrabassist med base i København. Hendes arbejde er generelt baseret på tanker om tilgangen og begrebet lyd som et levende væsen. Gísladóttir har arbejdet sammen med en lang række af danske og internationale ensembler, og har modtaget adskillige priser for sit arbejde, senest The Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2024. Hun er desuden en aktiv musiker og spiller jævnligt sin egen musik solo eller med sin mangeårige samarbejdspartner Skúli Sverrisson,samt som kontrabassist i Elja Ensemble.

Komponist Mette Nielsen (1985), uddannet i komposition fra Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium og Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium, arbejder med ensembler i alle størrelser, solister, kor og orkester. I april 2023 fik hun uropført sit første orkesterstykke af Odense Symfoniorkester, og samme forår udkom albummet ‘Frozen Moments’ med NOVO Quartet og Jonas Frølund med hendes strygekvartetter og værker for bassetklarinet.

Koncerten er en del af SPOT FLUX, et samarbejde mellem Dansk Komponistforening og SPOT Festival, som præsenterer ny orkestermusik i nye rammer. SPOT FLUX præsenteres i samarbejde med Art Music Denmark og er støttet af Augustinus Fonden. 


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