A selection of programs 2012


Read morewinterfragments

In this programme NEO explores the inner and outer state of winter, a commonplace of life this far north. The centerpiece is a quite well-known violin concerto by Antonio Vivaldi.


- Blow, blow, thou winter wind

Thou art not so unkind,

As man's ingratitude-

William Shakespeare from As you like it 

Per Mårtensson (b.1967) Diptycon (2010) 12' Commissioned by NNEO
Franco Donatoni (1927-2000)

Ave (1987) 8'

A Vivaldi/NNEO (1678-1741)

the Winter 8' soloist Christian Svarfvar

Tristan Murail (f.1947)

Winter Fragments (2000) 13'
Read moreNew Sweden

In 2012, the American composer John Cage would have turned 100. His work remains a source of inspiration for many artists and composers. The concert will be interfoliated with readings from his short story collection Indeterminacy (1959). The concerts will be interleaved by short stories from John Cage's Indeterminacy, 1959

John Cage (1912-1992) 4'33 (1952) Indeterminacy - 157
John Cage (1912-1992)

from Sonatas and Interludes (1948) Indeterminacy - 17

  • Sonata nr.5
  • Interlude nr.3
  • Sonata nr.10


John Cage (1912-1992)

Seven (1988)

Karl-Heinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)

Spiral for a soloist with a shortwave receiver (1968)Indeterminacy - 41

Morton Feldman (1926-87)

The Viola in My Life 2 (1970) Indeterminacy - 27

John Cage (1912-1992)

Concert for Piano and Orchestra (1957-58) Indeterminacy - 14

Read moreNew Sweden

In 2012, Norrbotten NEO presents four varied concert programmes with the ensemble´s specialty, high-class contemporary chamber music, including several first performances - but also readings of literature, Vivaldi's 16th century violin concerto Winter, and quite a few surprises ...

Mika Pelo (f. 1971) Soot (2012) 10' Commissioned by NNEO
Joakim Sandgren (b.1965) Empreintes digitales (2008-09) 9'
Molly Kien (f.1979) No Chaos (2012) 10' Commissioned by NNEO
Jesper Nordin (b.1971) In the midst of trespassing (2010) 14'
Madeleine Isaksson (b.1956) Isär (2012) 10' Commissioned by NNEO


A selection of previous programs


Read moreWinter Fragments

Tristan Murail (b.1947)

Winter Fragments (2000) 13´

Franco Donatoni (1927-2000)

Ave (1987) 8´

Jesper Nordin (b.1971)

Sufaces scintillantes (2008) 10´




A Vivaldi/NNeo (1678-1741)

Vintern 8´

Henrik Strindberg (b.1954)

Bryta snitt, tiden fryser 7´

Anders Hultqvist (b.1955)

Light Winter Light (2207) 9´ commissioned by NNEO
Read moreThe Age of Wire and String

Bent Sørensen (b.1958)

The deserted Churchyards (1990) 8´

Tristan Murail (b.1947)

 Winter Fragment (2000) 13´

David Felder (b.1953)

Partial [Dist]res[s]toration (2002) 17´




Rolf Wallin (b.1957)

The Age of Wire and String (2005) 15´

Steve Reich (b.1936)

Double Sextet (2008) 20´

Interview with Tristan Murail:

Where does the title Winter Fragments come from?
As a rule I don't like naming a piece before I've finished writing it, like counting your chickens before they're hatched. The completed piece may well differ considerably from the initial project, which is a concept, ideas, sounds and images, while the finished product is sound, organised within time. There's a gulf between the two. So this title has to be taken for what it's worth. It is at one and the same time an acknowledgement of the festival where the piece is to be created ("Sounds of winter and today"), and the experience of a genuine winter last year, particularly where we now live, to the north of New York, a region of lakes and small mountains. The lake in front of our house was frozen over, and there were sixty centimetres of snow all round. For the most part the sun shone brightly and its intense light bathed the house, which is open to nature all round. Sometimes a violent storm would arise, followed by silence, and the blinding light would corne back. Perhaps the "fragments of winter" are there.

Has the instrumentation any symbolic meaning?
No! And anyway what counts is not so much the instruments themselves as the way you use them. Using exactly the same grouping (flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano) I've written pieces which sound quite différent. Winter Fragments uses the same instruments, not for symbolic reasons but for practical ones, and will sound quite différent again. There are also the electronic sounds which melt into the ensemble. I am trying therefore to renew the experience of Bois Flotté for small ensemble and synthetic sounds, but in a fairly different style, with different musical and sound vocabulary. I also hope to put in more detailed work on spatialisation, with the aid of the studio at Annecy.

Could you define a successful work?
For me, a "successful" work does not necessarily mean one which is the most popular with the audience - and vice versa. Some works that I think are successful, at least in one sense, might leave a number of listeners quite puzzled. Above all, I look for evidence of a certain quality in the musical flow (and others might say this quality is "necessary", but I don't think anything should be really necessary in art). I know intuitively when I get to that stage of evidence, even though I'd find it hard to explain all the ins and outs. It is concerned with the intrinsic quality between the musical objects (such as timbre, harmony and figuration), and their position in time. There is no clear rule here, because what is at stake here is perception, the emotions aroused by these objects, the psychological effect produced by their succession, and the distortion in the perception of time created by the quality of the chosen objects as well as their immediate relationship - and so on. It is all very complex, and cannot be boiled down to some set of objective rules or pigeonholing of abstract characteristics, which would in any way be far too reduced. Finally, my ultimate aim would be to create and master an entirely personal "language" - which is not a very precise term but I use it because there's nothing better - which I could use to communicate, a language which would be as flexible and versatile as, for example, the musical idioms of the end of the tonal period, a language that would rediscover certain universal and permanent categories of musical expression, without wading through some sort of nostalgia, or taking one of the "post-modern" paths with which we are bombarded today.

Tristan Murail

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Fredrik Hedelin (b.1965)

Trio (2008) 8´

Marcus Fjällström (b.1979)

Silver Mansion Trauma (2002) 10

Fredrik Söderberg (b.1966)

Wrong Music II – Embryo (2004) 10´
Toru Takemitsu (1930-96)
Voice (1971) 7´

Steve Reich (b.1936)

New York Counterpoint (1985) 12´

Kent Olofsson (b.1962)

Flutes and Cymbals for Cybele (1991) 11´

N. Cameron Britt (b.1974) Brocken Specter 3´
Read moreThe French Connection

Pierre Boulez (b.1925)

Sonatine (1946) 13'
Flute and Piano

Tristan Murail

Treize Couleurs du soleil couchant (1978) 12´

flute, clarinet, piano, violin & violoncello + live elektronic ad lib.

Maurice Ravel

Chansons madécasses (1925-26) 14´
soprano, flute, cello and piano after Evariste-Désiré Parny de Forges
Il est doux


Per Mårtensson (b.1967)

1st French card signed G B (1994) 10´
soprano, clarinet, percussion, piano, viola

Philippe Leroux (b.1959)

 AAA (1996) 16'
flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola & violoncell 

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Madeleine Isaksson (b.1956)

Rum (1999-2000) 12'
altflöjt, basklarinett, violoncell, slagverk

Rebecca Saunders (b.1967)

The under-side of green (1994) 9´
klarinett, violin, piano

Kaija Saariaho (b.1952)

Serenatas (2008) 14´
piano, violoncell, slagverk
 (2004) 10´
Unsuk Chin (b.1961)
Double Bind? (2007) 17'
violin och elektronik

Isabel Mundry (b.1963)

Die Vorüberlaufenden (2003) 10'
flöjt(Picc/A-Fl), basklarinett, violoncell


Read moreAmerican Giants

George Crumb (b.1929)

Eleven Echoes of Autumn (Echoes I) (1966) 17´
violin, altflöjt, klarinett och piano

John Cage (1912-92)

Seven (1988) 20´
flöjt, klarinett, slagverk, piano, violin, viola och violoncell

Morton Feldman (1926-87)
The Viola in My Life 2 (1970) 10´
flöjt, klarinett, slagverk, celesta, violin och violoncell
Charles Ives (1874-54)
Largo for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano (1901/34) 5´
Violin, klarinett och piano

Steve Reich (b.1936)

Double Sextet (2008) 20´
flöjt, klarinett, vibrafon, piano, violin och violoncell


Read moreNordlys

Bent Sørensen (b.1958)

The deserted Churchyards (1990) 8´

Fredrik Hedelin (f.1965)

Trio (2008) 8´

Franco Donatoni (1927-2000)

Arpège (1986) 12´




W A Mozart (1756-91)

Kvartett för flöjt, violin, viola & cello Nr. 1 i D-dur K. 285 10´

Steve Reich (b.1936)

Double Sextet (2008) 20´



Read moreNorrbotten NEO and Norwegian Accordeon player Geir Draugsvoll

Brita Byström

Revolt i grönska (2008) 9´ ”new Commission”

Jostein Stalheim

TaNGO9 (1998) 8-9'

Per Mårtensson

Quartet (2000) 5´

Igor Stravinsky 

Tango, vals och Ragtime from A Soldier’s Tale 9´




Tristan Murail

Garrigue (2008) 12´

Igor Stravinsky

Tango 4´

Astor Piazolla

3 tango sensations 15´


There is a new tango fever! Everywhere tango clubs are popping up where enthusiasts meet to dance and socialize. But the music itself is also changing. Renowned Norwegian accordeon player Geir Draugsvoll guides us through a tango journey that changes from past to present.

Geir Draugsvoll, born in 1967, is counted among the top accordion players of our time. He has collaborated with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Arne Nordheim, Magnus Lindberg and Staffan Mossenmark and premiered a large number of new works. Aside from solo appearances, Mr Draugsvoll regularly collaborated with the Scottish accordeon player James Crabb.

This production with Geir Draugsvoll and Norrbotten NEO features the versatity of tango music by combining three works: Igor Stravinsky's Tango from 1940 (originally written for piano);Argentine tango nestor Astor Piazzollas 3 Tango Sensations, composed in the late 1980s before a recording together with the Kronos Quartet, and the Norwegian composer Jostein Stal Heims TaNGO9 from 1998. Stal Heim, also an accordeon player, has an interest in the movement of music and different energy levels. In the production, tango becomes something more than a dancce form.

Draugsvoll combinination of these compositions illustrates the tango music's constant dialogue with its own history, the necessary interaction between continuity and change.

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