GORM ASKJÆR

SMALL ENSEMBLES

SNAP! (2016) for trb, gt, piano and percussion

Duration: 9 min

The piece is inspired by and built around the sound and function(s) of the finger snap. Snapping one's fingers can both be a rhythmic impulse, an indication of a swinging rhythm or a magical gesture that can mark the disappearance and return of an object – or let something change direction. The music plays with the sound elements of the snap: a thumping sound, noise of the friction between fingers and the reverberation.

Commissioned by Århus Sinfonietta and premiered at the Aarhus Jazz Festival 2016.


THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS (2014) for 2 t-sax, 2 trb, 2 cello

Duration: 20 min

Chamber music in 2 parts. The work uses visual elements of e.g. mirroring gestures and sounds, performers moving around the stage, light in different colors. There is also use of prepared instruments. The first part is played using a click-track. Composed as a part of the large-scale concert/performance Through The Looking-Glass, premiered on Nov 2, 2014.

VIDEO

youtube playlist with both compositions

MUSIC SURROUNDING EMPTY CHAIRS (2014) for 6 performers

Duration: 5 min

The work consists of a system of lights on stage turning on and of - and at the same time triggering different performers placed around or within the audience. Performers are playing on a succession of small instruments from melodic to percussive sounds.

DEAD MAN VARIATIONS (2013) for a-fl, b-cl, trb, vla, cello, b

Duration: 6 min

Variations over a theme inspired by the film Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch.

Composed for a workshop session with musicians from Aarhus Sinfonietta.

Re-arranged for a band of a-sax, acc, trb, 2 el-gt, b, dr

DRØMMEMASKINEN (2011) for fl, trp, cello, gt, piano, perc and sensor installation

Duration: 20 min

Work in 3 parts inspired by descriptions of dreams - among others by Franz Kafka. The audience was able to participate via motion sensors linked to electronic sounds.

Commissioned by the ensemble Lydenskab. Premiered by Lydenskab in the summer of 2011.


VIDEO excerpt "Franz Oktober 1921"

EN GAMELAN ABSTRAKTION (2009) for 2 fl, vl, cello, el-gt, dr

Duration: 9 min

Work loosely inspired by the gamelan music of Indonesia. Composed for a mixed ensemble of classical and improvising musicians.