The world of fairies plays host to drunken poets, the enchantments of love, and singing men and women from China, as Purcell’s The Fairy Queen sets the stage for a fantastical folkloric journey. The bittersweet strains of Purcell and Vaughan Williams encounter lilting Swedish melancholy before being transformed through the agency of the Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody into boisterous merrymaking enacted to the rhythms of Greece, the Balkans and New Orleans. ‘If music be the food of love …’ then let the revelry begin!
Programme to include
Purcell Symphony, Prelude and Hornpipe from The Fairy Queen Z692
Purcell ‘Cold Song’ from King Arthur Z628
Purcell Funeral Music for Queen Mary
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme byThomas Tallis
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
Folk music from Sweden, the Balkans and Greece
Reto Bieri was born in Zug, Switzerland, and grew up listening to Swiss folk music before discovering the world of classical music. He studied the clarinet in Basel and at the Juilliard School in New York, and his musical development was also strongly influenced by chamber music lessons from composer György Kurtag and pianist Krystian Zimerman.
In 2001 Bieri won the UNESCO-sponsored International Rostrum for Young Performers award, and since then has been invited to play all over the world, as soloist and chamber musician. He plays with various orchestras, such as the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Moscow Radio), the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian Philharmonic, Tibor Varga Festival Orchestra, the Istanbul State Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Camerata Schweiz, Orchestra Pablo Sarasate Pamplona, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, with conductors such as Vladimir Fedoseyev, Kurt Masur,Tibor Varga, Kristjan Järvi and Howard Griffiths.
His musical partners include violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta, and he's performed chamber music with Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Dénes Varjon, Alexander Lonquich, Lars Vogt, Fazil Say, Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Tanja Tetzlaff, Pekka Kuusisto, Barnabas Kelemen, Carolin Widmann, the Carmina Quratet (Zürich), Casals Quartet (Barcelona), Rosamunde Quartet (Munich), Quatuor Ardeo (Paris), Badke Quartet (London), Borusan Quartet (Istanbul), Petersen Quartet (Berlin), Bennewitz (Prague), Enescu Quartet (Bukarest) and the Tecchler Trio (Zürich).
He enjoys creative collaborations with composers like Artur Avanesov, Tigran Mansurian, Gegory Vajda, Otto Zykan, Boris Yoffe, Michel Roth, Jürg Wyttenbach and many others.
In 2012 Reto Bieri has been appointed as professor at the Musikhochschule University Würzburg. Starting by autumn 2013, he also has a position as artistic director of „Davos Festival" in Switzerland.
A saxophonist and composer from New Zealand, Hayden Chisholm studied in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship before continuing his music studies in Japan and India. He developed a new microtonal system termed "split scales" for saxophone which he revealed on his debut solo CD "Circe". Since then his compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured and recorded extensively worldwide. He has created music for several Rebecca Horn installations as well as composing scores for her films. He has taught at Universities throughout the world and gives yearly masterclasses in Greece. He curates the annual Plushmusic festival in Cologne and Bremen. In 2013 he released the 13 Box Set "13 Views of the Heart's Cargo" and received the SWR Jazz Prize. In 2015 he was "Improvisor in Residence" in Moers and opened the Moers Jazz Festival. In 2016 he released his second 13CD box "Cusp of Oblivion" and directed his first short film "Sisyphus Runs".
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.
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.
Hugo Ticciati is blessed to be doing what he loves every day of his life – that is, making music. His old Italian violin takes him around the world to fantastic orchestras in gorgeous concert halls; it brings him together with the most inspiring artists to create music in beautiful festivals; and it sparks new creations from young composers. In his teaching Hugo explores ways to apply the physical and spiritual aspects of mindfulness to the art of practising, playing and living in music. One of the highlights of the past year was a two-week stay in an ashram at the foot of the Himalayas where he chanted every morning, meditated and swept the floors by day and in the evenings sat crossed-legged by a fire, playing Bach to barefooted monks. His musical tastes have swung dramatically during the year from contemplative Indian ragas to the megalomaniac rock-band Muse (played at high volumes) to the songs of Richard Strauss (played even louder). Hugo still lives in the blissful state of mobilephonelessness. His staple reading is the Bhagavad Gita but he has recently been captivated by the work of the French philosopher, Henri Bergson.
The Agios Lavrentios Brass Band was born in the village of Agios Lavrentios on Mount Pilion in greece some ten years ago. Every summer, musicians from around the world meet for the now legendary “music village” weeks of concerts and workshops. The musicians in the brass band, the world’s only brass band without any actual brass in it, come from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Greece, Portugal, Germany, and Italy. Saxophones of all shapes and sizes form the core of the band and the all-Greek rhythm section provides the balkan and new orleans rhythms. The band prides itself on having marched all over the mountain of Pilion and even gifted the neighboring villages with their spontaneous concerts. There physical and spiritual home though is the “platea” of Agios Lavrentios, often dubbed the pearl of Pilion. It is here that the band has provided the soundtrack for countless legendary parties all through the wild summer nights. There sound and spirit were forged on the platea, now they are ready to take it out to the world…
O/Modernt is always searching for new ways to encourage the next generation of young musicians. We are delighted to have established the O/Modernt New Generation, which we will be launching in Stockholm on the 12th November. The initiative includes a Stockholm-based youth orchestra which will provide opportunities for instrumentalists to perform in concert alongside members from the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra as well as world-class soloists. There will also be a series of international masterclasses, open rehearsals for young people and exchanges, with a focus on the UK throughout 2018. More information will follow about opportunities for young people to be involved in these wonderful activities.
The O/Modernt Kammarorkester has developed during recent years under the direction of the violinist Hugo Ticciati as an integral part of Stockholm’s Festival O/Modernt. The orchestra includes the top young players from Sweden and devises eclectic and adventurous programmes of great diversity: its concerts might include anything from the arrangement of medieval motets to Bach, all the way to free improvisation and Metallica. The O/Modernt Kammarorkester is resident at Musikaliska in Stockholm, performing with soloists including Anne-Sofie von Otter, Evelyn Glennie, Anna Larsson, Nils Landgren, Matthew Barley and Steven Isserlis. In 2015 the orchestra made its debut in London at Kings Place and was immediately invited back for a series of concerts over the coming seasons. The group has an international concert programme, with performances at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Klagenfurt Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. Members of the O/Modernt Kammarorkester enjoy taking part in outreach and educational projects in Sweden and further afield in countries such as India and Thailand.