O/Modernt’s creative adventure is now ten years old, and to celebrate that milestone it seemed fitting, especially in the wake of the past year of distance and isolation, to put together a set of festival concerts that would shine a light on our core principles of self-expressive, fulfilled togetherness.
As initiated a decade ago by Hugo Ticciati, the founding principle of O/Modernt is summed up in our name, which translates into English as ‘Un/Modern’. Combining old and new in unexpected ways, O/Modernt rejoices in reimagining the arts to make connections that span times, cultures and peoples: exploring musical and artistic links between the contemporary world and the cultures of previous epochs, bringing together people from all walks of life, and re/connecting people with themselves by promoting active, imaginative engagement with all the senses.
Outward-looking, inclusive and passionate about breaking down boundaries, O/Modernt’s motto is borrowed from John Cage: Invent the past. Revise the future. Making this year’s festival a microcosm of everything O/Modernt stands for, we decided to reframe our own ten-year history by putting together a series of concerts that reinvent some elements from our most notable past programmes, placing them in new juxtapositions and uncoiling new thematic threads – all complemented by a number of world and Swedish premieres. As always, O/Modernt looks backwards to find the inspiration that will allow us, individually and collectively, to look ahead to a future that is reinvented with creative energy, confidence and a sense of freedom.
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In time, space, and media, it may be the most multi-dimensional classical festival in the world —The London Magazine
Collaborating with O/Modernt has given me some of the most creative, enjoyable and memorable musical moments of my career. All my love and respect to O/Modernt for your tenth Anniversary! —Dame Evelyn Glennie, Polar-Prize Winning Percussionist
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 periods has resulted in comprehensive archives. These are retrospectively organised according to common visual characteristics (movement, colour, light) into series, highlighting specific themes: the nature of time and memory, our relationship with the environment, colour theory, being, and the representation of truth. Hamilton studied photography at Central Saint Martins, Photofusion and traditional print methods at the Black and White School. She runs AH Studio, an art and design space for series of talks and exhibitions mainly related to themes of art, design, music and environment.
Barry Douglas has established a major international career since winning the Gold Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition. In 2021 Barry was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to music and community relations. He celebrates his Irish heritage as Artistic Director of Camerata Ireland and of the Clandeboye Festival. Barry has given performances across the globe and performed with a list of orchestras that includes the London Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Russian National, Vancouver and Colorado Symphonies, and the Halle Orchestra. Recent highlights include a major UK tour with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, and appearances with the RTE, Barcelona and Sydney Symphonies. Barry is an exclusive Chandos recording artist. He recently completed a six-album recording of the full works for solo piano of Brahms. His current recording projects focus on the solo piano works of Schubert and Tchaikovsky solo piano music.
As well as being a soloist and chamber musician, Bart van de Roer is also professor of piano and chamber music at the Codarts Conservatoire in Rotterdam. Twenty-five years ago he founded the prize-winning Storioni Trio with Marc and Wouter Vossen, and they have since performed in major concert halls in Europe, the Far East and the United States. Their CDs include the Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms piano trios, and they recently recorded Beethoven’s triple concerto and Archduke Trio on period instruments, as well as a CD of Martinu’s triple concerto. This autumn sees the release of the new triple concerto by Kalevi Aho (Bis records) and the rediscovered triple concerto of Emanuel Moor (CPO). In 2008 the trio founded the Storioni Festival of chamber music in Eindhoven, which annually attracts a roster of international stars. Composers who have written new music for them include Kevin Volans, Nico Muhly, Pēteris Vasks, Giovanni Sollima, David Lang, Kalevi Aho, Brett Dean and Willem Jeths.
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. 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. Brett Dean began composing in 1988, initially concentrating on experimental film and radio projects and as an improvising performer. Dean’s reputation as a composer continued to develop, gaining international recognition as well as several awards for his compositions. Dean enjoys a busy performing career as violist and conductor, performing his own Viola Concerto with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Dean is a natural chamber musician, frequently collaborating with other soloists and ensembles to perform both his own chamber works and standard repertoire.
New Zealand born violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish has established herself in London as a dynamic and committed chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. Various accolades include being awarded the Tagore Gold Medal upon graduating from the Royal College of Music and studying at The Juilliard School as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a member of the Marmen Quartet, winners of the Banff and Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions. Bryony also loves spending time with the London Mozart Players, where she is No. 2 Viola. As a teacher, she assists her former professor Andriy Viytovych at the Royal College of Music. Recent visits to New Zealand have included performing and teaching at the International Akaroa Music Festival and recording New Zealand composer Philip Norman’s When Gravity Fails with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Bryony plays a 1932 Vincenzo Sannino Viola, made in Rome, and is grateful to the Loan Fund for Musical Instruments for their assistance.
Described as 'one of the fastest rising stars of the operatic world', Swedish soprano Christina Nilsson has recently performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de Lyon, Royal Swedish Opera, Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, Oper Frankfurt and Opéra de Lausanne in roles that have included the Countess Le nozze di Figaro , Elsa Lohengrin , Ariadne Ariadne auf Naxos and the title role in Aida . In addition, she has sung one of the Drei Arme Adelige Waisen in Der Rosenkavalier, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, The Magician Son of Heaven, Geltrude Enrico di Borgogna and Sångerskan Hos Oss. She also performed at the prestigious Nobel Prize ceremony at the Royal Concert House Stockholm in 2018.
The Italian cellist Claude Frochaux began playing the cello at Suzuki Talent Center, then at the Conservatory of Turin. Studies followed in Frankfurt, Essen and Madrid. As a sought-after and passionate chamber musician, he is a guest at festivals including Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Mozartfest Würzburg, Beethovenfest Bonn, Oxford, Enescu Bucharest and venues like Wigmore Hall and Kings Place London, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Laeiszhalle Hamburg. He is also broadcast repeatedly on the radio, notably with BR, WDR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk and Radio Clasica. In 2008 he founded the Monte Piano Trio, which has won numerous international prizes (Maria Canals Barcelona, Brahms Austria, Schumann Frankfurt and Folkwang Prize), and regularly gives concerts. He collaborates with groups such as Ensemble Midwest Denmark, Amici Ensemble Frankfurt and Ensemble Ruhr. Claude is founder and artistic director of Kammermusikfest Sylt, which takes place every year on the German island of Sylt, and the music-project MUSICA+ in Frankfurt.
Filip Korošec is one of the most exciting up-and-coming percussionists in Sweden. He has performed all over Europe as a soloist and a member of chamber groups. He is the first recipient of the prestigious Marimba One Excellency Award, which was awarded for his performances in IPCL competition in Luxembourg and second recipient of Blåsmusikpriset. Currently he is studying for his master's degree at Kungliga Musikhögskolan in Stockholm with Joakim Anterot, Daniel Berg and Mikael Nilsson. He has previously worked and performed with Anders Åstrand, Leif Karlsson, Anders Holdar, Katarzyna Mycka, Simon Klavžar and others. With his main focus on contemporary percussion repertoire, Filip plays lots of new works for percussion and electronics, but his repertoire also ranges from jazz to baroque and anything in between, and he brings a fresh perspective to what classical percussion can be.
Pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock moves effortlessly between jazz and classical, creating a sound that is very much his own, working with orchestras, choirs, big bands, small ensembles and musicians across the spectrum of music. His 2011 solo album Good Days at Schloss Elmau (ACT) was described as ‘world class’, ‘stupendous’ and ‘phenomenal’. Gwilym often appears on BBC Radio and TV in the UK. In 2018/19 he was Artist-in-Residence with the NDR Big Band in Hamburg. 2014 saw the release of two acclaimed albums on ACT: Instrumation with the City of London Sinfonia and Reverie at Schloss Elmau, a duo with bassist Yuri Goloubev. In 2019 he released a solo album Near and Now dedicated to some early influences. Gwilym co-leads Anglo-American supergroup The Impossible Gentlemen, and regularly tours the world with US guitar legend Pat Metheny’s quartet. He is Professor of Jazz Piano at his alma mater the Royal Academy of Music.
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.
Ibirocay tried a wide range of dances while growing up, including hip-hop, jazz, ballet and flamenco, but it was not until he started dancing salsa with a partner that he found his vocation. He has more than twenty years of international experience, travelling to salsa congresses all over the world as an instructor, dancer and choreographer. Ibirocay has co-founded two internationally recognised dance companies, Club Latino and Sacuye Latin Dancers, and he is a co-founder of and former partner in SalsaAkademien, one of Sweden's largest Latin dance schools. He has also participated in several TV shows, notably Söndagsöppet, Så ska det låta, Fadderbarnsgalan, Talang, Floor Filler and So You Think You Can Dance Scandinavia. Perhaps his greatest achievement is to have come second in the Salsa World Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Along with his victories in the Swedish and Scandinavian Championships, this makes him one of the highest-ranked competitive dancers in the Nordic countries.
Drummer Jesper Kviberg graduated from the Royal Music school of Stockholm and SMI, Stockholm Musician Pedagog Institute. Jesper has long experience as a freelance musician and has toured extensively lots in Sweden and internationally. Since 2014 he has worked at Lilla Akademien as a percussion and ensemble teacher for percussion, jazz and his own project Latinensemblen. He played on many recordings with numerous artists and has made two CDs with his octet Jesper Kviberg Social Club of Music, mostly with his own songs. He was awarded the Ronnie Gardiner drummers award in 1998, Egil Johanssens memorial stipendium in 2003, Alingsås drummers award in 2014 and the Louis Armstrong award in 2018. Jesper was praised for his drumming in front of a packed auditorium by the great American trumpet player and leader of Jazz at the Lincon Center, Wynton Marsalis, when he had a workshop at the Royal Music School in Stockholm. He played the drums in a concert for Ray Charles and was awarded the Polar Music Price in 1998.
Johannes Marmen enjoys a varied, international career as a chamber musician and orchestral leader. He is the first violinist of the award winning Marmen Quartet, member of the O/Modernt chamber orchestra and a regular guest leader of various orchestras and ensembles. He studied with Radu Blidar and Carolin Widmann at the Royal College of Music, and was mentored by Peter Cropper of the Lindsay Quartet. Since winning the Banff and Bordeaux international string quartet competitions in 2019, the Marmen Quartet is one of the most sought-after young quartets around, appearing at Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Lucerne Festival, Amsterdam Quartet Biennale amongst others, as well as touring Japan, New Zealand and North America. As a composer and interpreter of contemporary music, Johannes is regularly commissioned and has recently had works and arrangements performed in the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Berlin Konzerthaus as well as being featured on releases by Signum Records and Orchid Classics.
Jordi Carrasco Hjelm is a Swedish double bass player focusing on chamber music and free improvisation. Born in Stockholm, he has been part of the O/Modernt concept from the outset. He lives in Amsterdam, where he was an undergraduate in the class of Olivier Thiery and Rick Stotijn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and where he also completed his master’s degree in cross-over music-making with the jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis in 2019. Jordi has performed as a chamber musician and improviser in festivals all over Europe and as a guest player with a diverse set of ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Matthew Barley Ensemble (UK), the location-based improvisation concept Buro Nieuw Perspectief (NL) and the string orchestra Arte Frizzante (CH). In 2021 he looks forward to premiering his new composition for solo double bass at the Wonderfeel Festival in Helsinki, improvising with Gareth Lubbe at the Sylt Chamber Music Festival and to spending some summer weeks in the Swiss Alps at the festival Musikdorf Ernen.
Julian Arp studied at the Academy of Music ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow. He continued his studies with David Geringas and Eberhard Feltz. As a soloist and chamber musician Julian appears regularly at festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Beauvais, Montreux, SoNoRo Bucharest, Stellenbosch, Stift Festival, the Oxford Chamber Music Festival and IMS Prussia Cove. The Duo Arp/Frantz has released three CDs. In the words of Fono Forum: ‘They make music into pure celebration. It all sounds and sings.’ Contemporary composers, including Odeh-Tamimi, Koch, Nemtsov and Dinescu have written pieces for him. He is a co-founder of the festival Zeitkunst which has been a guest at the Centre Pompidou, Radialsystem Berlin, Israel, England and Rio de Janeiro. Julian regularly gives master classes in Germany and abroad, and teaches at the University for Arts in Graz, Austria.
Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. He is an Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Director with the English Concert. He is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and guest directs from the keyboard with many other ensembles. In the 20/21 season, Kristian appears as a soloist with Essener Philharmoniker/Richard Egarr, Les Arts Florissants/William Christie, Kammerorchester Basel/Giovanni Antonini, Orchestre National de France/Emmanuel Krivine and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Klaus Makela. He will play and direct with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth-Century, Concerto Copenhagen, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester and English Concert. Kristian gives solo recitals, and has a close recital partnership with Anne Sofie von Otter. Kristian's rich and award-winning discography is available on Harmonia Mundi.
Leandro Mancini-Olivos is a Swedish-Chilean drummer and percussionist, based in London. Growing up in a family of popular and classical musicians, Leandro was exposed to diverse music from all corners of the world and has developed a wide spectrum of musical genres. In 2004 Leandro began his freelance career in Santiago as a sideman for local and international artists such as Miguel Botafogo aka Don Vilanova. In 2009 he moved to the UK, where he studied Music Performance in Drums at the London Centre of Contemporary Music with Pete Zeldman, Richard Brook and Graham Fox, among others. Since 2010 he has performed, recorded and toured the UK extensively with several established artists and groups, mainly from the London scene. Most recently Leandro was invited to collaborate with Owen Shiers (Cynefin) and Cherise Adams-Burnett. Performing and recording on sessions that span from modern jazz to baroque and from welsh folk to west african rhythms, Leandro has been invited to appear at some of Europe’s most prestigious venues and festivals.
Since 2008 Linda has played the flute and solo piccolo in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (chief conductor Daniel Harding), and before that she was a member of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra for eight years. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Since her graduation she has played in most of the Swedish Orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera, Gothenburg Opera, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Norrlandsoperan. She teaches piccolo at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and flute at Lilla Akademien, and since 2018 she has been teaching both flute and piccolo at the Summer Academy Voksenåsen in Oslo.
Mezzo-soprano Luciana Mancini received bachelor degrees in Classical Singing and Early Music Performance Practice at the Royal Conservatory of Den Haag in Holland. She joined the Opera Studio while working on her Master thesis around Italian monodies of the 1600´s, receiving her Masters degree from the Early Music Department in 2009. Her specialization led her to collaborate with some of the most committed and brilliant musicians, artists, stage directors and choreographers in wonderful venues and festivals around the world. Born in Sweden, but of Chilean descent, with both parents being musicians, her upbringing was embraced by classical music and folkmusic from around the world, which naturally led Luciana into exploring several colors of vocal expression from a very early age, having widened her artistical career to diverse genres, adapting to the different styles with great care and fascination.
After finishing his studies at Stockholm’s Music Conservatory in 1999, Magnus moved to Cuba where he enrolled at Centro Nacional Superior de Escuelas de Arte in Habana. He has since worked as an independent session drummer and percussionist for almost twenty years, touring with international artists and some of Sweden’s biggest artists, including Hoffmaestro and Chraa, Calle Real, Kaliffa, Juanes, Orquesta Pomo, Pepe Espinosa y su Timbakó, Gilito y su Clave, Sammy Kasule and Makonde, Ahmadu Jah and The Highlife Orchestra, Golbang, E-Type, Arash, Alcazar, Andreas Johnson, Nano, Julgalan 2014 and 2015, The TV show Stjärnornas Stjärna 2019. As bandleader and founder of his former band La Tremenda, he was one of the first musicians in Sweden to perform and compose songs in the modern Cuban dance style called Timba. That put him at the forefront of a hugely successful genre that attracted a vast community of dancers, musicians and Cuban music fans, not only in Sweden but all over Europe.
Born in Buenos Aires, Nisinman is an international composer and master performer of bandoneon. He currently resides in Basel, Switzerland. He studied bandoneon with Julio Pane, and composition with Guillermo Graetzer in Buenos Aires, and Detlev Müller-Siemens in the Basel Musik Akademie. Renowned as a bandoneon soloist, he has performed with Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Gary Burton, Fernando Suarez Paz, Assad Brothers, the WDR Big Band, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrad, the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit and the Luzerner Simfoniorchester. He has also composed a number of orchestral works that include the bandoneon, notably ‘Dark Blue Tango’ (Ricordi Editions), conducted and premiered by Facundo Agudin. He collaborates constantly both as composer and performer in numerous musical projects and recordings with Daniel Rowland, Diana Ketler, Alberto Mesirca, Julia Schroeder, Anna Fedorova, Natacha Kudritskaya, Chen Halevi, Maja Bogdanovic, Gareth Lubbe, Philippe Graffin, Helena Winkelman, Zoran Markovic, Alfredo Perl and the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra.
Marina started dancing salsa as a child thanks to her family's roots in Venezuela. Dance soon became such a big part of her everyday life that she was accepted at the Swedish Ballet School at a very young age, and she later became a professional dancer at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. Classical dancing and salsa collided when she started teaching with Ibi Regueira, and she decided to focus on salsa. They helped to form the Club Latino Dance Company, which quickly became an international success. After the group broke up, the new Sacuye Latin Dancers was formed, and this laid the foundation for the Salsa Academy, one of Sweden's best-known salsa schools. At the same time Marina continued to compete, winning second prize in the Salsa World Championships on three separate occasions. Having added a professional teaching qualification to her experience as a trained dancer, Marina is now widely known as one of Sweden's foremost dance instructors.
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 the Bach Passions have gained particular notice. His opera work has included leading roles at the Aldeburgh Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and most recently the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Mark performs with the world's leading orchestras. He was Artist-in-Residence with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and held a similar position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment continues to attract worldwide acclaim. As a recitalist, Mark has performed all three Schubert song cycles in major concert halls throughout the world. He was voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Kent University in 2014. In 2019 he was appointed CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mark is Artistic Director of the St Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.
Conductor, keyboardist and educator, Mark Tatlow is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Gothenburg. His artistic research centres around developing a decolonising performance praxis for early vocal music. Mark was previously Artistic Director at Drottningholms Slottsteater (2007–13), Professor of Musical Studies at the University College of Opera, Stockholm (2002–12), and is a co-founder of Performing Premodernity, a research project based at Stockholm University. Since 2002 he has been Lilla Akademien’s Artistic Advisor, and acts as Executive Co-ordinator of the school’s on-going rebuilding work. Recent opera performances include compiling and conducting Georgiana, the new award-winning eighteenth-century opera pasticcio commissioned for the 40th anniversary of the Buxton Festival (UK), conducting and staging Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Stift Festival (Holland), conducting at the Trigonale Festival (Austria) and leading Performing Premodernity's Rousseau Double Bill (Pygmalion and Le Devin du Village) at Confidencen. Future work includes preparing Uttini’s Birger Jarl.Read & discover more
Marzi Nyman was born in 1979 in Lohja in rural Finland. His musical parents luckily made him take piano lessons from the age of six. Marzi studied classical piano for ten years, but when he was in his teens he realised that guitar is the king of all instruments, and started learning it with fierce passion. Marzi started studying jazz at the Sibelius Academy in 1998, and is still studying, mainly composition. He is interested in various types of performing and music-making. He has composed for orchestras, chamber groups, theatre, cinema, and written songs that he performs himself. He has played with a colorful array of people and collectives in Finland and also abroad, notably Lenny Pickett, Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones), Anu Komsi, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Igudesman and Joo (The League of Xtrordinary Musicians) and Pekka Kuusisto. He was chosen as Pori Jazz Artist (2003), and won the prestigious Teosto Award in 2006. Overall, Marzi is driven by curiosity snd the urge to connect with people. That’s why he is delighted to be part of O/Modernt.
Known as ‘Mr. Red Horn’ because of his instantly recognizable, custom-made Yamaha instrument, Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren is one of the most important and influential European jazz musicians of the past few decades. ‘Trombonist/singer/composer’ doesn’t get the measure of his skills at all: he is also an extremely effective talent scout and mentor, a talented arranger and producer, a polished and thoughtful university lecturer, and a highly experienced and able director of orchestras and festivals. He brings to many and disparate musical situations an open-mindeness which nonetheless has its roots in tradition. He has embraced all kinds of musical styles and settings, whether he’s playing groove-laden funk or fronting a big band, whether he’s giving energy to a modern jazz group or conveying strong emotion as he plays or sings a ballad. Landgren is a particularly charismatic performer who can reach and appeal to a wide audience, from classical music lovers to jazz fans to the pop and rock audience.
Directed by violinist Hugo Ticciati, the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra is an integral part of O/Modernt. Comprised of top 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!
Over the last decade, 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.
Guest players Festival 2021
FILIP ALFFRAM clarinet
SARA-REBECKA ERICSSON cello
BÅRD ERICSON double bass
SOFIA KORTELAINEN violin
VIDA DE LEON cello
BJÖRN OLSSON horn
SIOBHAN PARKER oboe
JACK BANK violin
KUBA BECERRA PIETRYKA double bass
ELLINOR BENGTSON trumpet
HEDVIG BENGTSON cello
MAYA BROMAN CRAWFORD-PHILLIPS violin
DAVID CAMDERMAN horn
HANNAH DUTT violin
ARTHUR EDMAN bassoon
FILIP GRADEN cello
AMI-LOUISE JOHNSSON viola
ESTER STÅLBERG violin
ELISE VATS JONSSON violin
Always searching for new ways to encourage the next generation of young musicians, in 2017 O/Modernt launched its New Generation scheme as part of O/Modernt Academy – an educational platform that grounds musical tuition in a truly holistic approach that takes its inspiration from the academies of ancient Greece. The programme provides young, talented instrumentalists from Stockholm with a unique opportunity to learn from and perform in concert alongside members of the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as world-class soloists. It also includes a series of performance events, masterclasses, open rehearsals and study exchanges devised by O/Modernt. Participants in the New Generation Scheme regularly perform at the annual Festival O/Modernt in Stockholm and often complement the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra when it is on tour. In 2021, New Generation students will be performing with the orchestra at the Konzerthaus in Berlin and the Kölner Philharmonie.
Award winning Istanbul-born drummer Robert Mehmet Ikiz started play on his grandmother’s pots at the age of two. The wealth of places, people and musical styles he has encountered on his travels has helped shape the diverse sound of his own style of drumming. Ikiz has toured and held workshops in fifty-three countries with artists and bands including Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Joe Sample, Bobby McFerrin, Barbara Hendricks, Dan Reed, Ivan Lins, BBC Orchestra and NDR Big Band. The main band Ikiz tours with is Nils Landgren Funk Unit. His own projects include Ikiz Cabin Crew, Ikiz 4/4, Lahza, Ikizaki and Ikiz/Rydh. In 2017 he received the Musician of the Year award from Swedish Radio. Ikiz’s talent have been recognized by the Swedish Royal Music Academy as he received awards for percussion in 1999 and 2003 and in jazz in 2004. Ikiz is currently working on an album with Ikiz Cabin Crew that will be released in the fall of 2021 on his own label, Stockholm Jazz Records.
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.