Composer-In-Residence at Concerto Copenhagen

Karl Aage Rasmussen, huskomponist hos Concerto Copenhagen 2015-2017

By Nadia Harpøth Adan

Karl Aage Rasmussen vil som huskomponist samarbejde med Concerto Copenhagen om at udvikle nye værker og samtidig udfordre publikums opfattelse af traditionel barokmusik.

Idéen til et længerevarende samarbejde mellem Concerto Copenhagen og Karl Aage Rasmussen har været undervejs siden 2013. Her uropførte ensemblet med succes værket ”Concerto in Amber” for barokstrygerensemble og saxofonkvartet. I aftaleperioden skal Karl Aage Rasmussen blandt andet genkomponere og nytolke Antonio Vivaldis ”De fire årstider” fra 1723. Værket vil blive til i nært samarbejde med Concerto Copenhagens musikere og vil ifølge komponisten gøre brug af ensemblets strygere på en mere individuel måde end originalen.

Karl Aage Rasmussen fortæller: »Jeg er stolt af nu at kunne kalde mig "composer in residence" for Concerto Copenhagen. I løbet af de næste tre år skal jeg komponere både helt nye værker og nye “iscenesættelser” af værker fra ensemblets kernerepertoire til dem. Og desuden medvirke i arbejdet med at udvikle ensemblets programprofil og kommunikation udadtil. Jeg ser meget frem til dette samarbejde.«
Også en ny obokoncert og andre værker vil se dagens lys med huskomponistaftalen, ligesom det er vigtigt for Concerto Copenhagen at udnytte Karl Aage Rasmussens store erfaringsgrundlag som komponist, forfatter samt hans værkmæssige og musikhistoriske indsigt i ensemblets repertoire og udvikling.

Orkesterchef Nikolaj de Fine Licht glæder sig til samarbejdet: »Med sin støtte til Karl Aage Rasmussen som huskomponist tilknyttet Concerto Copenhagen har Statens Kunstfonds Legatudvalg taget et modigt skridt. Et sådant samarbejde har ikke noget fortilfælde hverken i Danmark eller i udlandet. Aftalen afstikker kunstneriske mål for samarbejdet, men kan med sin afsøgende karakter ændre retning undervejs. Vi glæder os utroligt meget til den inspiration og "pusten-støv-væk", som vi allerede nu kan mærke, at samarbejdet vil medføre.«

Concerto Copenhagen har iøvrigt før arbejdet med ny musik for tidlig-musik ensemble, nemlig i Bo Holtens opera "Gesualdo" i 2003, som blev taget op igen i ny form med titlen "Gesualdo - Shadows" med stor succes for kun en måned siden - læs mere om dette projekt her.

Concerto Copenhagen takker Statens Kunstfond Huskomponistordning for støtten til dette samarbejde. Vi glæder os til at udvikle og præsentere nye musikalske idéer over de kommende år.
Læs mere om Karl Aage Rasmussen på www.karlaagerasmussen.com...

 
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Follia, follia...

World Premiere 2/11 2015 of Karl Aage Rasmussen's "Follia, follia..." for Baroque chamber orchestra written for Concerto Copenhagen. Director Magnus Fryklund. Live-recording by DR P2 Musik (Classical channel on National Danish Radio).
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Concerto In Amber

World Premiere 24/9 2013 of Karl Aage Rasmussen's "Concerto In Amber" for saxophone quartet and Baroque strings written for Concerto Copenhagen. Peter Spissky musical direction. Live-recording by DR P2 Musik (Classical channel on National Danish Radio).
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Karl Aage Rasmussen

Can you connect a contemporary composer and a period instrument orchestra? That is what Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen and Concerto Copenhagen have done and this collaboratioin brought many interesting results along with it! The appointment was for the biggest part paid for by the Danish Arts Council during the period 2015 to mid 2017. It was from the beginning evident for Karl Aage Rasmussen and Concerto Copenhagen that the collaboration should not be "only" about experimenting with contemporary music for period instruments, it should also be concerned with challenging general assumptions about classical Baroque music among the audiences and with development of repertoire and communication in general. Already in 2013 Karl Aage Rasmussen had written a piece for Concerto Copenhagen named "Concerto In Amber" for Baroque strings and saxophone quartet – you will find a live recording below. The project was such a succes that the parties decided to do more together and that's how the idea of the Composer-In-Residence arrangement came up. When the agreement was a fact we published this blog post about the plans (in Danish). Concerto Copenhagen has collaborated with a contemporary composer before! That was with Danish composer Bo Holten in his opera "Gesualdo" in 2003 which later was set up in a new edition titled "Gesualdo - Shadows", a very succesful production set for re-premiere in 2016 and a Scandinavian tour in 2017. The first piece created within the framework of the Composer-In-Residence had its World Premiere in November 2015 with the presentation of "Follia, follia..." in Copenhagen.  Below you will find a soundtrack with the live recording done by DR P2 Musik. During Concerto Copenhagen's 25 Years Anniversary Fetival 10-12/6 2016 we premiered no less than 6 new pieces by Karl Aage Rasmussen: his Concerto for Baroque Oboe and Baroque Strings, his "Klippemusik" based on a theme from the time of Ludvig Holberg, and last but certainly not least Karl Aage Rasmussen's "stagings" of Vivaldi's famous Four Seasons – a kind of "updated" versions in which the audience is challenged by experiencing those well-known violin concertos "dressed up" in a new way. The concerts and the World Premieres were a great success – soundtracks with live recordings will be available on this page and elsewhere on the website soon!