Friday 11 June 19:00 CEST
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen
CHRISTINA NILSSON soprano
LINDA TAUBE SUNDÉN flute
HUGO TICCIATI violin
MARZI NYMAN electric guitar | vocals
MARK TATLOW fortepiano
MAGNUS ALMQVIST congas
JESPER KVIBERG percussion
MARINA PRADA dance
IBIROCAY REGUEIRA dance
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
O/MODERNT NEW GENERATION ARTISTS
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major BWV 1048
Sergey Yevtushenko Bach-Lamento
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959) Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 W 389
Sverre Indris Joner (b.1963) Bach with a Dip of Salsa
Philip Glass (b.1937) ‘Company’ for string orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) /arr. by Johannes Marmén (b.1990) Piano Sonata Op. 27, No. 2
Marzi Nyman (b.1979) Anxiety of the Seventh
David Bowie (1947–2016) /arr. Marzi Nyman Moonlight on Mars
Jean Sibelius (1865–1957) /arr. Marzi Nyman Finlandia
The opening concert in our celebration of O/Modernt’s tenth anniversary is bookended with Bach and Beethoven, representing ten years in miniature: the first edition of our festival was shaped by the music of Bach and our last before lockdown was devoted to Beethoven. We open tonight’s performance with Bach’s third Brandenburg concerto, a piece that turns convention upside down (as we also like to do at O/Modernt!) by setting up and then transcending expectations in order to transport the listener to new worlds of musical delight. We then travel to hear Bach reinvented in South America, first in Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 by the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos and then with a choreographed work by Sverre Indris Joner that freely fuses salsa music with harmonic and contrapuntal procedures adapted from Bach. After the interval we encounter the spirit of Beethoven, pairing an arrangement of the master’s ‘Moonlight’ sonata with works by Philip Glass and Beethoven’s revolutionary counterpart of the modern age, David Bowie. Facing musical greats of the past can be unsettling, not least for the lone, creative artist struggling to overcome what has memorably been called the ‘anxiety of influence’; this is the subject of Marzi Nyman’s extraordinary Anxiety of the Seventh. Finally, the O/Modernt birthday party is also a homecoming, as we return from exotic places in imaginative time and space to the magical landscapes of the far north in a reworking of Sibelius’s Finlandia.
All concerts will be live-streamed on takt1.com
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.