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GORM ASKJÆR

SMALL ENSEMBLES

SWINGING (2017) for trb, gt, piano and percussion

Duration: 11 min

The piece is a kaleidoscopic investigation of the term 'swinging' and its many meanings and possibilities in connection to music and sound. The concept will be experienced as: Rhythm or pulse – a swing-rhythm, a swinging rhythm or underlying pulse. Vibration – swinging waves of sound, fluctuations. Movement – to swing from side to side, a swinging pendulum, changing direction. A feeling – everything is good, it swings… fantastic! The same musical progression or process is played three times while the tempo is gradually getting slower. This reveals more and more the individual parts and inner workings of the 'swinging' musical material.

Commissioned by Århus Sinfonietta and premiered at the Aarhus Jazz Festival 2017.

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.


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