Since time immemorial the past has been a source of inspiration for artists working in every creative field. O/Modernt (Swedish for ‘Un/modern’) celebrates this ‘looking back’ to find imaginative renewal in the past by exploring the relationships between the work of early composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture — in music, art, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature and scholarship. The O/Modernt spirit of reinvention finds special expression in a summer festival.
Staged in June at Ulriksdal Palace Theatre in Stockholm, Festival O/Modernt is the highlight of our season, where we assemble a wonderful array of artists from around the world to take part in concerts and arts events alongside emerging talents. The starting point for the weeklong schedule is a noted composer of the past, who is celebrated through imaginative programming and unusual artistic juxtapositions.
Full 2021 programme to be announced soon!
In time, space, and media, it may be the most multi-dimensional classical festival in the world —The London Magazine
Borders evaporate and improvisation builds bridges between works, creating a sensation of hovering free in the air: like birds —Svenska Dagbladet
Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson works prolifically as soloist and chamber musician. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh, Resonances and Ernen festivals, two appearances in the Time Unwrapped series at Kings Place, and collaborations with Adrian Brendel, Steven Isserlis, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric String Quartet, the Gringolts Quartet and the Nash Ensemble among many. Throughout the season he is Chamber Pianist in Residence at Sage Gateshead.
Alasdair is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. Alongside a particular affinity with the classical repertoire and the music of Schumann and Fauré, he often explores the more exotic: Catoire, Pierné, Thuille; Debussy’s Jeux (in the composer’s arrangement for solo piano); Ligeti Horn Trio, Thomas Adès Piano Quintet; and piano trio arrangements of Debussy’s La Mer, Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata, Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony (with 3 percussionists) and Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht. His concerto repertoire includes works of Bach, Bartok, Fauré, Hans Abrahamsen, Hindemith, Mozart, Sally Beamish, Stravinsky, Messiaen, appearing in recent years with Britten Sinfonia, Moscow Virtuosi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Ensemble, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta.
2017 saw the release on BIS of a recording with Alec Frank-Gemmill of 19th century music for horn and piano, recorded on four exquisite historical pianos (and four fantastical historical horns) spanning 1815 - 1895. This release joins an acclaimed discography of three solo and numerous chamber recordings, on BIS, Claves, Champs Hill, Evil Penguin and SOMM labels.
A regular participant at the open chamber music at IMS Prussia Cove, Alasdair took part in their tours of 2007 and 2011, and collected the 2008 RPS Award for Chamber Music on their behalf. He has enjoyed working closely with composers George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Heinz Holliger and Helena Winkelman.
A former student of John Blakely and Menahem Pressler, Alasdair is increasingly drawn to education, teaching annually on the Musicworks summer courses, as a regular mentor at London's Chamber Studio, and maintaining a class of solo pianists at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Alasdair is founder and artistic director of the French chamber music festival Musique à Marsac, and from 2019 a co-artistic director of the chamber music festival in Ernen, Switzerland.
Anders Jonhäll is a solo flute player in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and in the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. He was educated at the Royal. The Stockholm School of Music, where he, among other things, did a project on the application of eighteenth-century practice to modern instruments - and then continued his studies with a focus on modern music at the Gothenburg School of Music.
Andrea Jarvis Hamilton (born in 1968, Lima, Peru) is a UK-based conceptual artist and photographer best known for her extensive series of photographic images, or typologies, of the ocean, natural phenomena, and the Kelvin scale. Her work encompasses numerous photographic genres including portraiture, still life, long exposure and landscape. Her systematic collection of subjects within a strict conceptual framework (Chroma, Tidal Resonance and Luminous Icescapes) over extended time periods has resulted in comprehensive archives. These are retrospectively organised according to common visual characteristics (movement, colour, light) into series which highlight specific themes: the nature of time and memory, our relationship with the environment, colour theory, being, and the representation of truth.
Hamilton’s works frequently examine the durational capacity of photography and the contingency of both past and future, as related in Roland Barthes’ notion of time. For example, in her Water Works series Tidal Resonance, shown at Delahunty in 2014, we see the ocean preserved in the infinite present; time suspended in motion. Hamilton is interested in the transformative power of the camera to turn one representation of nature into another. Her Panterfällen series of photographic images, taken in 2008 during a trip to the Biological Museum in Djurgården, shift the static diorama into a landscape portrait.
Hamilton frequently employs photography to create images that highlight the emotional potential of our environment. Since 2000 she has been building a series of seascape photographs, Colour of Time, into a library of more than 16,000 images. Seeking to capture the maximum chromatic variation in one place through rigorous documentation, Hamilton sets constant parameters of location and distance of tripod from the water’s edge, centring the frame on the horizon line.
Time and Water is the first book from this series exclusively featuring black and white, long-exposure images of the ocean. In these she questions the nature of perception, the fabric of memory and our experience of time through the process of repetition and constancy. “My photographs follow the law of a series, and the notion of ‘the serial’, capturing the changing mood of nature from a single constant standpoint,” she states. Using a large-format Hasselblad camera and maximum exposure times (15 minutes) in moonlight, she creates smooth, time-worn images where the ocean’s surface appears almost geological, as if fixed permanently in formation.
In the next chapter from Colour of Time, Hamilton introduces A Nomenclature of Seachroma, a project that examines our experience of hues through time, memory and culture. Hamilton’s starting point was a taxonomic guide to the shades of the natural world, first published in 1814: Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours. Comprised of monochromes, duochromes and trichomes, Hamilton rigorously matches the colours with ancient pigments, minerals or flora and then explores the story of each hue through history of art, culture and colour theory. The next chapter, We are the Weather, is a series of seascapes based on the Romantic tradition and the idea that we are not distinct to nature but a part of it.
Hamilton has published three books of photographs. Her first, AH20, published in 2014, collects together works created under the Tidal Resonance and Luminous Icescapes series, and includes an introduction by Rabih Hage and essays by Anthony Downey and Ben Eastham. In 2015 she was one of the photographers commissioned to photograph London’s creative scene for London Burning: Portraits of a Creative City. The book includes interviews and photographs of various creative personalities including Edmund de Waal, Tamara Rojo, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Matthew Slotover. Meanwhile London Every Day (2015), commissioned by The Mayor’s Fund for London, focused on street photography and the beauty and creativity of regular life. London Every Day includes an introduction by Charlotte Cotton, plus contributions from David Adjaye, John Frieda, Anish Kapoor, Sir Elton John, Mary McCartney, Martin Sorrell and Charlize Theron and many more.
Recent commissions include a three-metre wall in a subterranean section of The Jokulsarlon Lagoon‘s visitor building and the façade of the Flannels flagship shop on Oxford Street (coming soon).
Brett Dean studied in his hometown, Brisbane, before moving to Germany in 1984 where he was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic for fourteen years, during which time he began composing. His music is championed by many of the leading conductors and orchestras worldwide, including Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Simone Young, Daniel Harding, Andris Nelsons, Marin Alsop and Sakari Oramo. Much of Dean’s work draws from literary, political, environmental or visual stimuli, including a number of compositions inspired by artwork by his wife Heather Betts.
The Swedish soprano Elin Rombois this season singing the role of Roxana in Szymanowski’s opera King Roger at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw which will be followed by the same role at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm in the beginning of 2019. Elin will also appear as Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe in Stockholm. Elin Rombo has sung a number of roles at the Stockholm opera and has previously been a guest at the Opéra National de Paris where she has sung Anicia Eritea in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo. She has also appeared as The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte at Staatsoper Berlin and as Agnès in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Netherlands Opera and at the Royal Swedish Opera. Elin has appeared as Cunégonde in Candide, as well as in AscheMOND oder The Fairy Queen at Staatsoper Berlin and she has sung Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Göteborg Opera. Elin Rombo is educated at Brandon University in Canada and Operahögskolan in Stockholm. She made her debut at the Royal Swedish Opera during her last year at Opera school as Christa in Janacek’s Makropolous case.
Elin carries since 2014 the honorable titel Court singer, in 2016 she recieved the Royal medal Literis et Artibus and is since 2017 a member of Musikaliska Akademien.
Winner of many awards for his playing and composition Gwilym Simcock moves effortlessly between jazz and classical creating a sound that is very much his own. He works with orchestras, choirs, big bands, small ensembles and musicians from all areas of music including jazz, folk, pop and classical combining throughcomposed elements with improvisation.
Described as a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability, he is renowned for his solo performances, releasing a Barclaycard Mercury nominated solo album 'Good Days at Schloss Elmau” on ACT in 2011 which was lauded as "dazzlingly fresh", "world class", "stupendous" "phenomenal" "a cause for huge celebration".
His music is widely acclaimed as ‘engaging, exciting, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible', and above all 'wonderfully optimistic’.
Gwilym is often on radio and TV including The Proms on BBC2 TV, as guest presenter on ‘Saturday Classics’ and “Composer of the Week” on BBC Radio 3, and with the finalists at the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Awards on BBC4 TV. In 2018-9 he is Artist in Residence with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg.
In 2014 he released two highly acclaimed albums on ACT “Instrumation” with the City of London Sinfonia and “Reverie at Schloss Elmau” a duo with his long time collaborator bassist Yuri Goloubev. His latest release “Near and Now” (2019) is a highly acclaimed solo album dedicated to some of his early influences. Gwilym co-leads Anglo-American Supergroup 'The Impossible Gentlemen' (with Mike Walker, Steve Rodby and Adam Nussbaum) who were nominated as Best Ensemble in the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. He regularly tours the world with US guitar legend Pat Metheny’s quartet with Linda May Han Oh and Antonio Sanchez. He is Professor of Jazz Piano at his alma mater The Royal Academy of Music.
No young musician outside the pop world has moved as fast into the upper reaches of his profession as Simcock.
— Stuart Nicholson, Observer
As violinist, leader and conductor, Hugo Ticciati imbibes all possible forms of creativity, whether it be performing world premieres in the most prestigious venues around the world, improvising with monks in India, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt Orchestra and Festival which he founded in 2011. Alongside his passion to discover and learn from the music of previous epochs and non-western traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music. To date, over forty works have been written for and dedicated to him by a host of eminent composers, including Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pēteris Vasks, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Albert Schnelzer and Dobrinka Tabakova.
As the Artistic Director of his own O/Modernt Orchestra, and Artistic Partner with Manchester Camerata, Hugo collaborates regularly with Kremerata Baltica, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Most recently, he has been invited to work with Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Gaining a growing reputation for his innovative and adventurous programming, Hugo is frequently asked to devise and present concerts and festivals with a unique twist. This has led to ongoing collaborations with Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London. Pursuing his passion for chamber music, Hugo has developed special artistic partnerships with members of the O/Modernt Soloists as well as other internationally renowned artists, notably Evelyn Glennie, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nils Landgren, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen.
Hugo frequently gives master-classes and lectures on music-related subjects both at Scandinavia’s leading specialist music school Lilla Akademien, where he holds the post of Deputy Artistic Director, and other educational institutions around the world.
Jesper Kviberg teaches percussion with a focus on jazz. Jesper is educated at the Royal College of Music's music line and has long experience as a freelance musician. Jesper has played with international greats and "most" in Swedish jazz and has participated in many recordings. Jesper has been rewarded with The Ronnie Gardiner drummers award, Egil Johanssen's Memorial Scholarship ”and Alingsås Drummers Prize 2015. Since autumn 2013 Jesper has been training for percussion teacher at SMI, Stockholm's Music Pedagogical Institute.
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish Double Bass player dedicating himself to chamber music and free improvisation. He lives in Amsterdam since 2013 and was a Bachelor student in the class of Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and later finished his studies with a Masters degree in Cross-Over music making with jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis.
He performs regularly as a member of the O/modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as the Swedish contemporary folk music band Garizim and as a regular extra player with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.Together with young musicians from all over Europe he is a founding member of the C/o Chamber Orchestra that combines orchestral playing with principles of non-hierarchical collaboration.
In 2019 Jordi looks especially forward to participating in the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, playing bossa nova with Matthew Barley in London, retreating to the woods in Sweden to develop free improvisations with his duo partner violist and singer Yanna Pelser and the release of a new album with Garizim.
Jordi has received the ”Per Welin Stipend” from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music, grants from Stockholm Free Mazons and the Lindeqvist Foundation, Byggnads Culture Grant and Kempe-Carlgrenska Fonden Stipend.
Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.
Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, & Dunedin Consort (Bach St. Matthew Passion).
Graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the Vaganova Ballet Academy (Saint Petersburg, Russia), educational program The Art of the Choreographer, MD. Тraineeship at the Nederlands Dans Theater (The Hague, Netherlands). Choreographer Ksenia Zvereva is a former company member of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus. Ksenia´s professional choreographic debut was in 2013, at the State Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia). Since then, she is working as a freelance choreographer worldwide and has created works for companies such as The Mariinsky Theatre, The Bolshoi Theatre, Astana Opera, Royal Swedish Ballet. She has been teaching modern dance at The Vaganova Ballet Academy, collaborated with The State Hermitage Museum and Hermitage Theatre as well as with Festival O/Modernt in Sweden. A recipient of numerous awards, including the Mikhailovsky Theatre Grand Prix 2013, gold medal at Dance World Cup 2019 and International Dance Contest Premio DOC 2019. Has been featured in Dance ICONS under ”Trending: Female Ballet Choreographers on the Rise”. Participant of the renowned International ballet festival Benois de la Danse 2018. Ksenia has been taking part in numerous workshops and festivals, including UK, Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Italy, Sweden.
Leandro Mancini-Olivos is a Chilean drummer and percussionist. Born in Stockholm and based in London. He studied music theory from an early age at the conservatory along with piano and guitar, and percussion with Ricardo Ruiz in Santiago de Chile. In 2009 he settled in the UK where he continued his studies in drum performance at The London Centre of Contemporary Music. Since 2010 he has toured the UK extensively with several bands and artists. Playing world-music, jazz, art-rock and pop, Leandro has performed at venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Hackney Empire, Brighton Dome, Hampton Court Palace, Glasgow Royal Festival Hall, and music festivals like Glastonbury and the EFG London Jazz Festival. Between 2013-2015 he has had the privilege to be part of a operatic baroque play for children called Next Stop: Blue produced and performed at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Mezzosoprano Luciana Mancini was born in Sweden, but has Chilean roots. She received her bachelor degree in Classical Singing and Early Music Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland, where she subsequently joined the Opera Studio. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree, writing a thesis on Italian monodies of the 1600s. Luciana åhas sung under conductors including René Jacobs, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Enrico Onofri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Neeme Järvi and Juanjo Mena; she has also collaborated with numerous ensembles, notably L’Arpeggiata, La Fenice, Lautten Compagney, Divino Sospiro, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Matthäus, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, singing at venues including the Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Opera Comique and the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. Luciana has worked with stage directors such as Benjamin Lazar, Sigrid T’Hooft, Pablo Maritano, Achim Freyer, and with the choreographer Sasha Waltz.
After finishing his studies at StockholmsMusikKonservatorium in 1999 Magnus moved to Cuba where he enrolled at Centro Nacional Superior de Escuelas de Arte in Habana. Magnus has since worked as an independent session drummer and percussionist for almost 20 years touring with both international artists and some of Swedens biggest artists, some of these includes:
Hoffmaestro & Chraa (Sverige), Calle Real (Sverige/Chile/Kuba), Kaliffa (Sverige), Juanes (Colombia), Orquesta Pomo (Sverige/Kuba), Pepe Espinosa y su Timbakó (Cuba/Sweden), Gilito y su Clave (Cuba/Sweden/ Denmark), Sammy Kasule & Makonde (Uganda,Sverige), Ahmadu Jah & The Highlife Orchestra (Sierra Leone/Sverige), Golbang (Sverige/Iran/Kurdistan/Afghanistan) E-Type (Sverige), Arash (Iran/Sverige), Alcazar (Sverige), Andreas Johnson (Sverige), Nano (Sverige), Julgalan 2014 & 2015, The TV-show Stjärnornas Stjärna 2019 mm mm mm...
As bandleader and founder of his former band ”La Tremenda”, hi was one of the first musicians in Sweden who started executing and composing songs within the modern cuban dance music called Timba. That put him at the forefront of a genre that came to be a huge success and grow a wast community of dancers, musicians and cuban music fans not only in Sweden but all over Europe.
Marina Prada is a dance teacher at the high school, a mentor at the high school and also teaches Spanish at both the high school and high school. Marina has been a professional at the Royal Opera. She currently runs the Swing Academy, the music publishing Nordic art edition and teaches at the Lilla Akademien.
Mark Padmore was born in London and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He has established an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice, especially his renowned performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars.
In opera Mark has worked with directors Peter Brook, Katie Mitchell, Mark Morris and Deborah Warner. Work has included the leading roles in Harrison Birtwistle The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival and Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden; Captain Vere in Britten Billy Budd and Evangelist in a staging of St Matthew Passion both for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Third Angel/John in George Benjamin Written on Skin with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and the world premiere of Tansy Davies Cave with the London Sinfonietta. Most recently, he appeared in a new ROH production of Britten’s Death in Venice, where his performance was described as a “tour de force” and “exquisite of voice, [presenting] Aschenbach’s physical and spiritual breakdown with extraordinary detail and insight”.
In concert Mark performs with the world’s leading orchestras. He was Artist in Residence for the 2017-18 Season with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and held a similar position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for 2016-17. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has involved projects exploring both Bach St John and St Matthew Passions and has attracted worldwide acclaim.
Mark gives recitals worldwide. He has performed all three Schubert song cycles in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Birmingham, London, Liverpool, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna and New York. Regular recital partners include Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jonathan Biss, Imogen Cooper, Julius Drake, Till Fellner, Simon Lepper, Paul Lewis, Roger Vignoles and Andrew West. Composers who have written for him include Sally Beamish, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Thomas Larcher, Nico Muhly, Alec Roth, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Huw Watkins and Ryan Wigglesworth.
His extensive discography includes: Beethoven Missa Solemnis and Haydn Die Schöpfung with Bernard Haitink and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on BR Klassik and lieder by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart with Kristian Bezuidenhout for Harmonia Mundi. Other Harmonia Mundi recordings; Schubert cycles with Paul Lewis (Winterreise won the 2010 Gramophone magazine Vocal Award); Schumann Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout (2011 Edison Klassiek Award) and Britten Serenade, Nocturne and Finzi Dies Natalis with the Britten Sinfonia (ECHO/Klassik 2013 award).
Mark was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014. He was appointed CBE in the 2019 Queens’ Birthday Honours List.
Mark is Artistic Director of the St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.
The English-born conductor, pianist and harpsichordist Mark Tatlow was appointed Artistic Director of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 2006. Mark was educated at Rugby School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Goldsmiths College, London, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. Initially appointed to the music staffs of the Glyndebourne Festival and Kent Opera, Mark first came to Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1985. Over the past thirty years he has conducted many neglected baroque masterpieces as well as the standard operatic repertoire. His engagement with the education of young musicians has spanned his entire career, from pioneering the Education Project of Kent Opera in the 1980s to the University College of Opera, Stockholm, where in 2002 he was elected Professor of Musical Studies, becoming Dean in 2009. He was awarded the honorary medal of the Friends of Drottningholms Slottsteater in 1996, and the Wallenstam Prize in 2008.
Marzi Nyman was born in 1979 in a small town of Lohja in rural Finland. His parents were musical and luckily made him take piano lessons since the age of 6. Marzi studied classical piano for 10 years, but then, finally, in his teens he realized that guitar is the king of all instruments, and started learning it with fierce passion. Marzi Nyman started his studies in Sibelius-Academy (jazz department) in the year 1998, and is still studying, mainly composition. Marzi is very interested in various types of performing and music-making. He has composed for orchestras, chamber groups, theater, movies and made songs that he performs himself. He has played with an colorful array of people and collectives in Finland and a bit abroad also. Some of the people he has performed with include Lenny Pickett, Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones), Anu Komsi, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Igudesman & Joo (The League of Xtrordinary Musicians) and Pekka Kuusisto. He has been selected as Pori Jazz Artist (2003), and won the prestigious Teosto Award in 2006. Overall, curiosity is what drives Marzi Nyman. And the urge to connect with people. That's why he feels very lucky and happy to be a part of O/Modernt.
Born in 1956, Nils Landgren began playing drums at the age of six, before finally discovering the Trombone at age 13. Between 1972 and 1978 Nils studied classical Trombone at the music college in Karlstad with David Maytan , as well as at the University in Arvika with Ingemar Roos. Meeting the legendary Swedish Folk-Jazz pioneer Bengt-Arne Wallin as well as the fantastic trombonist Eje Thelin persuaded Nils to move from strict classical studies to improvisation and to begin the development of his own approach.
After his graduation Nils moved to Stockholm to work as a professional trombone player.
He was soon touring with the most successful Swedish pop star of that time, Björn Skifs’ “Blue Swede”, who got to number 1 in the US pop charts with “Hooked on a feeling”.
In 1981 Thad Jones invited the Swede into his new big band project “Ball of Fire”, to take the lead-Trombone chair. Ever since that time Nils Landgren has been involved in most styles equally: Jazz and Rock, Soul and Hip-Hop, Big Band sessions, and by his own reckoning, hundreds of albums including such internationals stars as ABBA, The Crusaders, Eddie Harris, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Wyclef Jean and Herbie Hancock.
He recorded and released his first solo album in 1984 and made another four in Sweden before he was discovered and signed by Siggi Loch and the German label ACT in 1994, who today are the biggest independent Jazz Label in Europe. Since the first release “Live in Stockholm”, he has recorded and released 30 albums as a Leader and another 20 as sideman and/or Producer, all on the ACT Label.
1998 Nils started his long collaboration with the NDR Bigband in Hamburg, first as section Trombonist, then as Artistic Advisor, lasting until 2012.
2001 Nils was appointed Artistic Director for the prestigious Jazzfest Berlin, a position he held for five years with great success.
In 2007, Nils was also appointed Artistic Director for one of two Swedish Proffessional Bigbands, Bohuslän Bigband in Gothenburg, a position he held until 2015 when he decided to move on.
2009 he started the project “Funk for Life” together with his band Funk Unit, a unique collaboration with MSF- Doctors without Borders. This Project aimed at schools in the slums of Nairobi, Kayelitsha in Cape Town and Soweto Johannesburg, presenting them with musical instruments to bring joy and new possibilities to kids of all ages as well as raising funds for MSF and their tremendous work.
This project is a lifetime commitment for Nils and right now he is focusing on helping young men and women who are in need of financial support for their studies, for building a better future for themselves and their families.
2012 marks the start of a new era for the Jazz Baltica Festival, one of Germany’s top festivals ever since it started in 1991 led by founder Rainer Haarmann. Nils has been performing as a musician at this Festival ever since the start and in 2012 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Festival. Since Nils took over, the Festival has been the subject of relocating from Salzau near Kiel to Niendorf to Timmendorfer Strand, both at the Baltic Sea, and he has, together with his staff, managed to make the Festival grow from 6000 visitors in Salzau to 19000 in Timmendorfer Strand.
Nils has been decorated with two medals from King Carl Gustaf in Sweden, “Letteris et Artibus” and “Medaljen för tonkonstens främjande” and with the German “Bundesverdienstkreuz” by Bundespresident Frank Walther Steinmeier.
He is a Doctor (h.c.) at the University of Karlstad and Proffessor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.
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Hugo Ticciati leader
Johannes Marmén co-leader
Directed by violinist Hugo Ticciati, the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra is an integral part of O/Modernt. Comprised of top young players from all over Europe, the orchestra performs eclectic and adventurous programmes, with anything from arrangements of medieval motets to Bach, Webern and Metallica. The orchestra regularly collaborates with world-renowned soloists such as Evelyn Glennie, Steven Isserlis, Anne Sofie von Otter and Nils Landgren, as well as jazz artists, rappers, choreographers, rock-balancers and more!
Although only a few years old, the orchestra has gained an international reputation, with performances at the Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. The O/Modernt players enjoy a wide range of outreach and educational projects in Sweden, the UK and further afield in India.
İkiz moved to Stockholm, Sweden from Istanbul, Turkey when he was 4 years old.
By the age of 2, he accompanied Tchaikovsky symphonies on pots and pans in his grandmother's apartment in Istanbul and had early found interest in music.
The music of Jimi Hendrix was İkiz biggest influence In elementary school, same period as his first band "Straight Ahead" toured and played concerts around Sweden.
Ikiz studied at the Stockholm Music Conservatory between 1995-1998 in the Afro-American music program. In 1998 he won the annual competition there and received a scholarship to study at the Los Angeles Music Academy.
During this period in Southern California he gained valuable experience in the American jazz scene playing in David Ornette Cherry´s Impressions Of Energy which included musicians like Justo Almario and Ralph "Buzzy" Jones among others.
While back in Europe with Stockholm as a base, İkiz started to tour with different groups and projects all over the world as well doing recording sessions on a regular basis. Ikiz has performed, held workshops or made studio sessions in over 40 countries such as Australia, China, France, Mexico, USA, South Africa, Russia, South Korea, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, Norway, Finland, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Serbia/Montenegro and many more...
In October 2017 Ikiz recieved the "Musician of the year" prize from the Swedish Radio. The prize is called "Jazzkatten" and had never been handed out to a drummer before. Ikiz was nominated in 2015 as well for the same prize.
İkiz's talent has been recognized by the Swedish Royal Music Academy as he received awards in percussion in 1999 & 2003 and in Jazz in 2004.
Due to İkiz's ever-increasing interest in jazz, he started a record company called Stockholm Jazz Records in 2002 which he continues to run today with his partner Daniel Tilling.
"Checking In" (Stockholm Jazz Records, 2012) is the title of Ikiz debut album as a solo artist. China Moses, Shai Maestro, Nils Landgren, Magnus Lindgren and Karl Olandersson are some of the musicians that appear on the album.
"Zoetic Sessions" (Stockholm Jazz Records, 2015) is Ikiz´s 2nd solo album and it is Co-produced by Robin Bennich.
Bobby McFerrin, Joe Sample, Ivan Lins, NDR Big Band, BBC Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Barbara Hendricks are some valuable artists & orchestras who Ikiz has performed and toured with.
İkiz is known for being an extremely versatile drummer/percussionist having played and recorded all sorts of music from straight-ahead jazz to funk and pop. Ikiz´s musical versatility can be heard in several different bands where he is a steady member
Vladimir Guala was born in Leningrad, Russia, in 1981. His interest in music appeared already from a very young age through his father who came to Russia from South America. When he arrived in Sweden, he discovered salsa and mambo as a dance and very quickly became aware of his talent and motivation to invest in it. He joined one of the local dance teams in Stocholm and performed with them on local Swedish, but also international events. In 2008 he established his own dance company. Since then he is a well known dancer, instructor, performer and choreographer.
His Salsa style, is characterized by his passion, energy, and creativity. He teaches salsa and Mambo in Stocholm, and is known for the effective way in which he teaches the technique of leading and following.
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen, is 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.