Right now we're in the studio in Piteå recording music by composer Johan Ramström for the coming documentary by director Gunilla Bresky who's won many awards for her previous films. The new film about world war 2 will be aired on Swedish national television but hopefully also at movietheaters. We're happy to work with you Johan!
The hot communications-agency Geektown in Luleå has toghether with Norrbotten NEO created a box, a very fancy round box in black and white with a text about NEO and their fantastic music for concert halls and media and also for launching and packeting new CD:s in. This box also contains a nice green tea to drink while listening to NEO:s music. The box competed yesterday at the Hej Day gala for the price GULDFYREN 2013 in the category Business to business.
Unfortunetely the box didn't win the price yesterday. But it did win the EUROPEAN DESIGN AWARDS in June 2013! Congrats Geektown and Norrbotten NEO!
The tour for Smittande musik is over and done with. But there will not be much time for the ensemble to relax because Nov 27 they'll start recording the music for a new film that hopefully will be launched for movie-theaters aswell as TV! The filmmusic is written by Johan Ramström (picture), a Swedish composer and teacher in composition. More about this project below!
Tomorrow Norrbotten NEO premieres with Smittande musik - a portrait of the violinist Sven Kjellström. Repertoire below. We are joined by recently priced violinist Nils-Erik Sparf, violinist Anders Jakobsson and Elmér Lavotha on cello. All of them fantastic musicians!
Sat Nov 9 at 15.00
Piteå, Byan i Arnemark
Sunday nov 10 at 16.00
Monday nov 11 at 19.00
Pajala, Teurajärvi Byagård
Tuesday nov 12 at 19.00
Haparanda, Mattila Byagård
Wednesday nov 13 at 19.00
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flöjtkvartett i D-dur K.285, sats 1
Stråkkvartett i A-moll D.804 - op.29 "Rosamunde", sats 2
Violinsonat i A-dur, sats 4 - Allegretto poco mosso
Stråkkvartet nr 4 op.25, sats 3 - Scherzo
Pianotrio i A-moll op.50, sats 2 - Tema con Variazioni
La muerte del ángel, arr. för pianotrio av José Bragato
Stråkkvartett nr 2, sats 2 - Allegro assai
Sonatine för flöjt och piano
Concertino för flöjt och piano op.107
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonat för soloviolin nr 1 i G-moll BWV.1001, sats 1 - Adagio
Pour presque tous les temps op.134 för flöjt, violin, cello och piano, sats 3 - Calme, och sats 4 - Vif
On Monday Oct 28 Norrbotten Neo participated in a workshop in Stockholm. The students of Karin Rehnqvist, professor of composition, got the chance to meet the musicians from NEO and also hear their own pieces performed by NEO. Sara Hammarström from Norrbotten NEO says:
- When you compose music you probably can hear it in your head. But for us musicians the situation is different. We don't know how it is supposed to sound and therefor we can help the students by talking to them and letting them know how to take notice of the important facts when composing so their musical intentions reaches all the way to everyone in a future audience.
Reporter Susanne Holmlund met the team from A Laugh To Cry yesterday. The meeting resulted in a very nice article about the opera!
"A Laugh To Cry is about pure feelings. Pure fear, pure anger and pure joy" Jonas Lidström writes in Västerbottens Kuriren. Full review below (in Swedish).
Norrbotten NEO is on tour with the opera A Laugh To Cry. Tonight they perform the opera in Umeå at Norrlandsoperan (picture), at 1900 hours. The whole crew meet the press in Sundsvall tomorrow Tuesday and Wednesday Oct 16 the opera is set up at the theater in Sundsvall.
Reporter Karina Sundkvist and photographer Maria Johansson visited A Laugh To Cry behind the scenes yesterday. The result: a full spread in todays morningpaper, Piteå-tidningen!
Full length article (in Swedish):
Today we start rehearsing for the new opera A Laugh To Cry. We welcome our conductor Petter Sundkvist, the tecnical-team from Portugal, the singers Frances M Lynch, Nicholas Isherwood, Marina Pacheco, reciter Ágata Mandillo and of course Miguel Azguime who wrote this opera and his wife Paula Azguime who has developed the concept. The invitations for the premier (on Thursday Oct 10) look spectacular!
Unfortunately in Swedish here's a nice review from Sundays concert in Grünewaldsalen in the daily magazine Svenska Dagbladet which reaches one million readers every day!
On Thursday Oct 10 Norrbotten NEO premieres in Piteå in Sweden with the opera A Laugh To Cry. The magazine Opus writes about this (in Swedish) on their website.
This picture (by Urban Wedin) is from yesterdays concert in Stockholm. If you weren't able to join us yesterday: we'll return to Grünewaldsalen February 2 2014 and also April 13 2014!
The final rehearsal is over and the ensemble prepares for the concert in Grünewaldsalen in Stockholm Concert Hall at 1500 hours.
Norrbotten NEO has started the New Sweden-tour! Concert Friday October 4 at Västerås Concert Hall. Sunday October 6 you can listen to NEO in beautiful Grünewaldsalen (picture) at Stockholm Concert Hall. Welcome to a concert with exciting new music by composers Johannes Jansson, Britta Byström, Fredrik Hedelin, Anders Eliasson and Dror Feiler. Conductor: Petter Sundkvist. Welcome!
The Swedish organisation Kvast presented this years statistics on how many ensembles that perform music by female Swedish composers. They give high cred to Norrbotten NEO who is one of three ensembles that performs an impressive amout of female composers. Read more in Opus magasin:
Members of the Kvast-organisation are going to visit Norrbottensmusiken to have a sit down with Tomas Isacsson, General Manager of NEO, in November. They will discuss the upcoming repertoars and also inspire other northern orchestral organisations to join in and perform more work of female Swedish composers.
The ensemble is in Piteå today. "We start rehearsing for our New Sweden-tour. First stop Västerås on Friday and next Stockholm on Sunday!", says Robert Ek, clarinet Norrbotten NEO.
Friday night was a total succss in Warsaw. 500 people came to see Norrbotten NEO play in the new opera A Laugh To Cry. The ensembled travelled home on Saturday and today, Monday, it is business as usual. But with a sweet taste of success fresh in our minds...
Wednesday September 25 the ensemble pack their bags, and instruments, travelling to Poland and the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music. "One day of rehersals and we're ready for the premiere of the new opera A Laugh To Cry which is being set up in an old brewery. They've built a stage just for ALTC, says Robert Ek (clarinet Norrbotten NEO)!
On Sunday Sept 22 Norrbotten NEO's CD New Sweden Diptychon was reviewed by the radioshow CD-Revyn. The jury graded Andrée Chini's La Princesse de Babylone, Madeleine Isaksson's Isär and Anders Eliasson's Fantasia Per Sei Strumenti, 4 out of 5! The jurys judgement: "go buy the CD, have a sit in you absolute favourite chair, listen and enjoy!". Buy the CD in our webshop now!
Listen to the radioshow CD-Revyn on Sunday. Tune in P2 at 12 AM sharp! Why? Three tracks from NEO:s CD New Sweden are being reviewed; Andr&ea;[removed][removed] [removed][removed] [removed][removed] cute;e Chini's La Princesse de Babylone, Madeleine Isaksson's Isär and Anders Eliasson's Fantasia Per Sei Strumenti!
Friday September 20 Norrbotten NEO participates in Klusterfestivalen with a concert at 19 hours in Kulturens Hus. They also release their brand new CD with music of american composer Steve Reich. Come join us! And buy the CD for a bargain (tonight only): 100 kr!
September 25:th the ensemble pack their bags for a trip to Poland and Warsaw. Why? To participate in the festival Warsaw Autum with the team for the opera A laugh to cry - the opera of the future!
This opera is written by portuguese Miguel Azguime and conducted by swedish conductor Petter Sundkvist.
The opera premiered in Portugal this summer and will now be played in Warsaw in Poland. After Poland the opera goes on tour in Sweden starting 4 of October in Piteå.
“A Laugh to Cry” is a co-production of the Warsaw Autumn Festivall (Poland), the Norrbottensmusiken/Norrbotten NEO (Sweden), the São Luíz Teatro Municipal (Portugal) and the Miso Music Portugal.
With the support of Secretaria de Estado da Cultura / Direcção Geral das Artes & the Goethe-Institut Portugal.
Research & Technology developments in partnership with CITAR-Research Center for Science and Technology in Art / Universidade Católica do Porto with the support of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
20:th of September Norrbotten Neo hosts the release of their CD with music of the american composer Steve Reich who was awarded the swedish Polar Prize 2007 and he also was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music 2009.
It is not a coincident Norrbotten Neo chooses Reich's music on this CD. The ensemble was the first one to perform live with Reich's awarded Double Sextet in Scandinavia.