Tuesday 15 June 19:00 CEST
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre Confidencen
NILS LANDGREN trombone | vocals
HUGO TICCIATI violin | conductor
GWILYM SIMCOCK piano | arranger
JORDI CARRASCO-HJELM double bass
ROBERT IKIZ percussion
O/MODERNT CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Josquin des Prez (d.1521) /arr. Johannes Marmén (b.1990) Ave Maria ... virgo serena
Miles Davis (1926–1991) /arr. Gwilym Simcock (b.1981) ‘Selim’ from Live-Evil
Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971) Three Pieces for String Quartet
Josquin des Prez /arr. Johannes Marmén Mille regretz
Miles Davis /arr. Gwilym Simcock Selection from Bitches Brew
Igor Stravinsky Concerto in D (‘Basle’)
Josquin des Prez Une mousque de Biscays
Miles Davis /arr. Gwilym Simcock ‘Little Church’/‘So What’ from Live-Evil and Kind of Blue
Igor Stravinsky ‘Tango’ from Histoire du Soldat Suite
Josquin des Prez La plus des plus
Miles Davis /arr. Gwilym Simcock ‘All Blues’ from Kind of Blue and selections from Live-Evil
In partnership with Blåsarsymfonikerna
The year 2021 marks thirty years since the death of Miles Davis, fifty since that of Igor Stravinsky, and five hundred since the passing of Josquin des Prez. This trio of composers, all celebrated for their transformative energy, come together in a concert that forges musical connections across time, space and genre. From his early work with Charlie Parker, via his 1950s quintets, to his experiments with jazz-rock and fusion, Miles Davis repeatedly reinvented his music by returning to its roots. Stravinsky looked back in a different way, seeking to renew the art music of the nineteenth century by rediscovering the primitivist syncopations heard in his explosive Rite of Spring. While Josquin also eschewed musical conformity, famously making himself ‘the master of the notes, which must do as he wills’. Davis, Stravinsky and Josquin didn’t just change the way we hear the music of their time: they changed the way we hear music itself.
All concerts will be live-streamed on takt1.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.