O/Modernt is delighted to collaborate with a whole variety of venues, festivals and institutions across Europe.
Being open to sharing ideas and learning from each other provides the most fertile soil for growth.
You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone. — Amit Ray
Whatever Ticciati’s drinking, I want some too — Gramophone
Our annual Festival O/Modernt is staged in June at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre in Stockholm, the oldest rococo theatre in Sweden, situated in the heart of Sweden’s first National City Park. Amidst idyllic gardens, rare flora and fauna, and a royal palace, visitors are invited to breathe the air of a bygone era.
O/Modernt collaborates on educational projects with the Stockholm-based specialist music school Lilla Akademien.
Unique to Scandinavia, the school’s far-sighted pedagogy integrates a general education with a specialized music program. Music is the heartbeat that gives life to an education of the highest calibre.
In 2015 O/Modernt held its first festival at Wigmore Hall, entitled ‘Monteverdi in Historical Counterpoint’. In April 2018 Purcell’s inimitable ground basses sparked the creative imagination for a weekend of music, dance, talks and more: ‘Purcell From the Ground Up’. In September 2019 O/Modernt co-curates the opening weekend of the Wigmore Season in a celebration of Beethoven.
Hugo and O/Modernt regularly perform chamber and orchestral concerts at Kings Place. In 2018, for the hall’s ten-year anniversary, Hugo was artist-in-residence and curator of the flagship series ‘Time Unwrapped’. In the six concerts Hugo presented, other artists included Dame Evelyn Glennie, Mark Simpson, Vikingur Ólafsson, Natacha Kudritskaya, Alasdair Beatson, Mary Bevan, VOCES8, Baba Israel and Miyoko Shida. The collaboration continues with concerts in the 'Venus Unwrapped' and 'Nature Unwrapped' series.
Hugo is the Artistic Partner with the Manchester Camerata, curating and directing O/Modernt-styled programmes. The collaboration includes immersive performance projects with The Clod Ensemble, new commissions by Erkki-Sven Tüür and Dobrinka Tabakova and rock music by Muse, Metallica, Dream Theater and more.
From 2014-2018, O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra was resident string ensemble at Musikaliska in Stockholm, performing with artists such as Anne-Sofie von Otter, Steven Isserlis, Evelyn Glennie and Nils Landgren.
O/Modernt and the Goethe-Institut Schweden joined forces to create a musical and literary response to the pandemic, reflecting on solitude and togetherness.
- 1:1 performances: one musician, one actor and one listener
- 2 concerts for a larger audience for which the repertoire has been chosen in response to Wer Allein Ist, the wonderfully evocative poem by Gottfried Benn, written in 1936.
In celebration of the 100 years of independence in the Baltic States in 2018, O/Modernt partnered with two festivals, RUSK in Finland and Klassiske Dage Holstebro International Music Festival, in a series of commissions, concerts and lectures.
In 2017 'North around the Baltic Sea' was selected as one of five creative projects to present at the Nordic-Baltic Festival Platform.
(If it's in collaboration with the Lilla Akademien.)
O/Modernt is passionate about educating the next generation of young artists to think and create with no prejudice, no inhibition and no fear.
O/Modernt and the British Museum commissioned Panathaneia by Thomas Hewitt Jones (composer) and Paul Williamson (librettist), a large-scale cantata drawing its inspiration from the Parthenon sculptures. The museum’s assyriologist and philologist Dr Irving Finkel lectures on ancient Babylonian music at O/Modernt events.
Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is. — Malcolm Arnold