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Curiouser and Curiouser

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


MATA welcomes Sweden’s Curious Chamber Players for a night that moves from the primeval depths skyward. Bolivian composer Carlos Guittiérez Quiroga’s Jintilli posits the beginnings of the world with natural sounds born of natural materials. Tomi Räisänen’s Stheno imagines the Gorgon’s mourning, what Pindar says was the basis for all music. Wang Lu and Malin Bång’s music deals with the detritus of the urban – Berlin’s constant remaking in the case of Bång’s palinode and the daily life of Xi’an, Wang’s hometown, in her MATA-commissioned work Urban Inventory. Johann Svensson’s diamond dust gives life to the tiny ice crystals that together form the clouds. The evening ends with a new work from MATA’s own Todd Tarantino.

Tomi Räisänen (Finland): Stheno (2006), AP
Todd Tarantino (USA): … all words are already decided (2011/2015), WP
Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga (Bolivia): Jintili (2012), AP
Wang Lu (China/US): Urban Inventory (2015), WP – Festival Commission
Johan Svensson (Sweden): diamond dust (2013), AP
Malin Bång (Sweden): palinode (2013), AP

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Curious Chamber Players

Friday, February 27th, 2015


Always curious, CCP has since its inception in 2003 explored a wide range of new music repertoire: from hard-core modernism to graphically notated chance music, from minimalism to noise music, and from electronics to improvisation. The ensemble has experimented with framing concerts and sound installations with a unique use of time and space, each different according to the venue and situation.

Experimentation is at the core of CCP’s work and past projects have included bringing other art forms such as video improvisation, theatre, Tarot meditation, dance, poetry, and fragrance. Other than conventional instrumentation (flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, and cello), CCP extends its sound world through integrating everyday objects into their projects such as balloons, kitchen tools, and the infamous “beckoning cat”.

CCP has performed in contemporary music festivals such as Gaudeamus Muziekweek, IMPULS, New Directions Viitasaari, Darmstädter Ferienskurs, Estonian Music Days, Extension Paris, and SPOR to critical acclaim, bringing their own flavour of spontaneity and identity to every project they undertake.

With Malin Bång as the resident composer and co-artistic director, CCP specializes in collaborating with composers of the younger generation throughout Scandinavia and the rest of the world.

Curious Chamber Players gratefully acknowledges the support of Kulturrådet and Konstnärsnämden.

Johan Svensson

Friday, February 27th, 2015


Johan Svensson (b. 1983) is a Swedish composer, working in the field between acoustic and electronic music within settings ranging from solo works to symphony orchestra, focusing on chamber music. With a certain interest in instrumental mechanics as well as exploring the relation between sound and physical action, his music often include alternative ways of producing sounds with electronic means, for example with computer controlled solenoid robots. He is the artistic leader and a founding member (as composer and performer) of the ensemble Mimitabu. He is also leading projects involving workshops and concerts with young musicians.

Johan studied composition at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg and in several masterclasses and courses like Darmstädter Ferienkursen für neue Musik and Impuls academy, with teachers such as Klaus Lang, Pierluigi Billone, Beat Furrer, Asbjørn Schaathun and Ole Lützow-Holm.

His music has been performed at ULTIMA Oslo contemporary music festval, MANCA, Nordic Music Days and Sound of Stockholm by Ricciotti ensemble (Amsterdam), Norwegian Radio Orchestra (Oslo) and Athelas Sinfonietta (Copenhagen) among others.