O/Modernt loves unveiling connections not only between different styles and genres of music but also between diverse musical cultures.
In particular, O/Modernt has collaborated with the some of the most wonderful Indian musicians working today to offer a series of programmes that open up sounding dialogues between east and west. Inspired by India, O/Modernt joyfully celebrates similarity and difference.
The music that I have learned and want to give is like worshipping God.
It's absolutely like a prayer. — Pandit Ravi Shankar
Hugo has a rare ability to convey a profound understanding of the music and shed light on its spiritual intent.
— Arvo Pärt
It is very clear that Ticciati is one of tomorrow’s truly great musicians.
— Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin
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.
Amazing percussionist and Hang player
Manu Delago has collaborated with various genre-leading artists. He appeared as guest on two albums of the Psy-Trance producers Shpongle and performed with them at the Roundhouse London and Ozora Festival in Hungary. In 2011 he recorded for Björk's Biophilia album and has since been her touring drummer, playing four world tours with the Icelandic singer. In 2013, he started performing and writing music with the sitar-player Anoushka Shankar. For his work on her album 'Land of Gold' Manu Delago earned a Grammy nomination. The versatile percussionist has also been a touring member of The Cinematic Orchestra and Olafur Arnalds.
As Hang player and drummer Manu Delago has performed in prestigious venues on six continents such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Sydney Opera House or the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. Further, Manu Delago has written several compositions for choir and orchestra such as the 'Concertino Grosso' which he performed and recorded as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra. He also appeared as soloist with the Metropole Orkest, Aurora Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
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.
Matthew Barley has created a unique international career full of improvisation, new music, cutting-edge computer technology, collaboration with jazz and Indian musicians, education, and
arranging – but always with cello playing at the heart. He has played with some of the finest orchestras (Frankfurt Radio Symphony, BBC Philharmonic/Scottish, Czech Philharmonic), in some of the greatest
concert halls, given premieres by major composers (MacMillan, Dusapin, Larcher) and appeared on tv and radio worldwide.
He counts himself blessed to be able to dream up unusual projects and (usually) make them happen, and also pursue his own personal dreams of spending time with family and in nature. He lives in London with his wife, violinist Viktoria Mullova.
Singer, songwriter and composer Nicki Wells (AKA TURYA) followed her 1st class honours degree in Music touring as a featured vocalist in Nitin Sawhney’s band. She has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House to Glastonbury’s main Pyramid Stage. Her voice has contributed to a number of films including Andy Serkis’s Mowgli, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, Renny Harlin’s The Legend of Hercules and was a major part of the scores of BBC Documentaries such as The Human Planet series. Her first solo album as TURYA ‘Ocean’ was released to critical acclaim in 2018.
As a Composer in her own right, Nicki has scored for Tanika Gupta’s theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Howard Brenton’s play Drawing the Line, receiving critical acclaim. She co-composed the score to Khyentse Norbu’s feature film Vara - A Blessing and has also composed five of contemporary dancer Aakash Odedra’s shows, which have featured in venues like Sadlers Wells, Royal Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, (winning the Amnesty International Award for the politically conscious show #JeSuis).
...one of the biggest new music talents in Britain
Soumik Datta is a composer, television presenter and virtuoso performer of the 19 stringed, fretless Sarod.
He has collaborated with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh, Anoushka, Shankar, Joss Stone, Akram Khan, London Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia to name a few. Born in India, brought up in London, he connects Bengali roots with global strands to create innovative music, tv shows and public art.
Sukhvinder Singh “Pinky” is one of India’s most dynamic percussionists who is recognized worldwide for his unique style of playing, technical prowess and stage presence. Through his spontaneity, power, virtuosity and above all his inimitable ability to captivate the audience, Sukhvinder became one of the most sought after accompanists leading him to travel extensively across India, Europe and the USA with leading artists such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. His collaboration, ‘A Meeting by the River’, with Ry Cooder and Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt led to him receiving a Grammy award in 1994.
As a solo artist Sukhvinder has received wide acclaim and is regarded as an adept performer of both the Punjab and Benares repertoires and has also been a featured soloist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. His Jorhi performances have led to a meteoric rise in respect and appreciation for the rare art of Jorhi playing. Recently Ustad Zakir Hussain proclaimed Sukhvinder to be the foremost exponent of the Jorhi worldwide after his unparalleled performance at the 2016 Ustad Allah Rakha memorial concert.
The chamber orchestra O/Modernt leads the way.
— Berliner Morgenpost
Ticciati so clearly led his fellow strings to draw even more from them with an infinite variety of dynamics.
— The Arts Desk
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.
Violinist Hugo Ticciati, cellist Matthew Barley and the legendary Sukhwinder Singh take us on a contemplative journey from East to West and back again in an hour-long programme that interweaves works by (among others) Bach, Bartók and Kurtag, along with India ragas and virtuosic solos on the tabla.
As a teenager Sukwinder ‘Pinkiji’ Singh was the partner of choice for Ravi Shankar, and in a career spanning three decades he has dazzled audiences with his magnetic stage presence, at once dynamic and contemplative.
London-based cellist Matthew Barley is a passionate musical adventurer who has forged a multi-faceted musical career encompassing improvisation, new music, cutting-edge electronics and computer technology, wide-ranging collaborations and pioneering community programmes.
Programme to include
Béla Bartók Duets
Luciano Berio Duets
Zoltán Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello
Johann Sebastian Bach Two-Part Inventions
Macedonian, Swedish and Balkan Folk Music
I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener
— Arvo Pärt
At the heart of this programme lies the dialectic between inner contemplation and ecstatic joy. The sonic worlds of Arturs Maskats, John Tavener, The Beatles and India are woven together to invite a sense of reflection, a sense of surprise, a moving in and out.
Programme to include
Arvo Pärt Cantus In Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Arturs Maskats Song of the Lord (O/Modernt Commission)
The Beatles Across the Universe (arr. Johannes Marmén); The Inner Light
John Tavener Mother of God, Here I Stand with sarod improvisation
Soumik Datta Diverse works
In 1821 Beethoven described a dream journey to India and back, and his wide-ranging interest in Indian thought is recorded in his Tagebuch. The musical counterpart to his fascination with India is a contemplative mode of writing that takes inspiration from the past. This concert brings together the third movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor Op. 132, a wordless motet reimagined for contemporary ensemble, with an instrumental arrangement of Hildegard’s Vos flores rosarum, recent works by Nicki Wells, and Raga Bhairavi improvisations on melodies by Amjad Ali Kahn.
Programme to include
Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. strings) String Quartet in A minor, Op.132, III, Molto adagio – Andante
Hildegard of Bingen (arr. strings) Vos flores rosarum
Nicki Wells Four shlokas interspersed with improvisations
The Beatles Across the Universe (arr. Johannes Marmén); Let it Be
Raga Bhairavi improvisations on melodies by Amjad Ali Kahn (b.1945)