NEWS


SONGS FROM MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM ON SPOTIFY, ITUNES AND TIDAL

Two of the songs i wrote for Alexander Ekman’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” with the Royal Swedish Ballet are now on Spotify. They are sung by Anna von Hausswolff, with accompaniment by The Dahlkvist Quartet, pianist Henrik Måwe and percussionist Niklas Brommare. Music and lyrics by me. The songs are “How Many More of These” and “They Hoped For A Name (Delta Sleep)”.


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A SWAN LAKE AT THÉÂTRE DES CHAMPS ÉLYSÉES, PARIS

Alexander Ekman’s “A Swan Lake” will premiere in a new touring version on March 29, 30 and 31 2017. Music by me. You can get your tickets here.


THEY HOPED FOR A NAME – ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF
With Niklas Brommare on marimba

Watch Anna von Hausswolff and percussionist Niklas Brommare perform They Hoped For A Name (music and text by me) from Act 2 of Alexander Ekman’s ballet Midsummer Night’s Dream on the empty stage of the Royal Swedish Opera House.
They Hoped For A Name – video on YouTube


NEW CHAMBER WORKS

I will release a number of EPs with new(ish) chamber works in the fall and winter of 2016-2017. Performers will include Joshua Rubin (clarinets), Claire Chase (bass flute) and Clarice Jensen (cello).

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Blanc

November 1, 2016
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria +43 1 890 17 04

"Blanc" is a 40 minute ballet by Daniel Proietto, with text by Alan Lucien Oeyen and costumes by Stine Sjøgren. Music for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra by me, co-orchestrated with Michael Atkinson.

From the Vienna State Opera website:


A major challenge for any house presenting several ballets in one evening must be finding some internal logic that links the works. That is the masterstroke that the Vienna State Opera has achieved in a programme that combines the father of American ballet George Balanchine’s Symphony in C with works by two of the most talked-about artists of our era, Edwaard Liang and Daniel Proietto.

Symphony in C was first performed under that title by the New York City Ballet in 1948. Set to a symphony by Georges Bizet when the composer was still a student at the Paris Conservatory, it had originally been called Le Palais de Cristal and premiered with that name the previous year by the Paris Opéra Ballet at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra. The work was not known in Bizet’s lifetime and was only discovered some eighty years after it was written. An outstanding example of neoclassicism, Balanchine’s ballet has no story, instead placing the dancers at the service of the music.

While Balanchine’s inspiration was a lost score, Edwaard Liang’s muse for Murmuration was nature, specifically the way in which starlings flock together to create patterns that defy explanation. Created for the Houston Ballet in 2013, and set to Ezio Bosso's Violin Concerto No. 1, The Esoconcerto, Liang takes something that cannot be deciphered to invent a fluidity of movement between his dancers that is utterly exquisite.

Daniel Proietto’s Blanc was commissioned by Manuel Legris for the Wiener Staatsballett’s 2016/17 season. With music by Mikael Karlsson and Frédéric Chopin, Blanc pays homage to Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, considered to be the last ballet blanc of the Romantic period and the first choreography devised for the stage not to have a plot.

Three ballets without a narrative, Symphony in C, Murmuration and Blanc, all revel in the sheer beauty of dance to create a spectacle that members in the audience for these performances at the Wiener Staatsoper will never forget.




Programme:

Symphony in C
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Georges Bizet

Murmuration
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Ezio Bosso

Blanc (world première)
Choreography: Daniel Proietto
Music: Mikael Karlson, Frédéric Chopin

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Blanc

November 2, 2016
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria +43 1 890 17 04

"Blanc" is a 40 minute ballet by Daniel Proietto, with text by Alan Lucien Oeyen and costumes by Stine Sjøgren. Music for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra by me, co-orchestrated with Michael Atkinson.

From the Vienna State Opera website:


A major challenge for any house presenting several ballets in one evening must be finding some internal logic that links the works. That is the masterstroke that the Vienna State Opera has achieved in a programme that combines the father of American ballet George Balanchine’s Symphony in C with works by two of the most talked-about artists of our era, Edwaard Liang and Daniel Proietto.

Symphony in C was first performed under that title by the New York City Ballet in 1948. Set to a symphony by Georges Bizet when the composer was still a student at the Paris Conservatory, it had originally been called Le Palais de Cristal and premiered with that name the previous year by the Paris Opéra Ballet at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra. The work was not known in Bizet’s lifetime and was only discovered some eighty years after it was written. An outstanding example of neoclassicism, Balanchine’s ballet has no story, instead placing the dancers at the service of the music.

While Balanchine’s inspiration was a lost score, Edwaard Liang’s muse for Murmuration was nature, specifically the way in which starlings flock together to create patterns that defy explanation. Created for the Houston Ballet in 2013, and set to Ezio Bosso's Violin Concerto No. 1, The Esoconcerto, Liang takes something that cannot be deciphered to invent a fluidity of movement between his dancers that is utterly exquisite.

Daniel Proietto’s Blanc was commissioned by Manuel Legris for the Wiener Staatsballett’s 2016/17 season. With music by Mikael Karlsson and Frédéric Chopin, Blanc pays homage to Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, considered to be the last ballet blanc of the Romantic period and the first choreography devised for the stage not to have a plot.

Three ballets without a narrative, Symphony in C, Murmuration and Blanc, all revel in the sheer beauty of dance to create a spectacle that members in the audience for these performances at the Wiener Staatsoper will never forget.




Programme:

Symphony in C
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Georges Bizet

Murmuration
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Ezio Bosso

Blanc (world première)
Choreography: Daniel Proietto
Music: Mikael Karlson, Frédéric Chopin

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Blanc

November 4, 2016
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria +43 1 890 17 04

"Blanc" is a 40 minute ballet by Daniel Proietto, with text by Alan Lucien Oeyen and costumes by Stine Sjøgren. Music for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra by me, co-orchestrated with Michael Atkinson.

From the Vienna State Opera website:


A major challenge for any house presenting several ballets in one evening must be finding some internal logic that links the works. That is the masterstroke that the Vienna State Opera has achieved in a programme that combines the father of American ballet George Balanchine’s Symphony in C with works by two of the most talked-about artists of our era, Edwaard Liang and Daniel Proietto.

Symphony in C was first performed under that title by the New York City Ballet in 1948. Set to a symphony by Georges Bizet when the composer was still a student at the Paris Conservatory, it had originally been called Le Palais de Cristal and premiered with that name the previous year by the Paris Opéra Ballet at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra. The work was not known in Bizet’s lifetime and was only discovered some eighty years after it was written. An outstanding example of neoclassicism, Balanchine’s ballet has no story, instead placing the dancers at the service of the music.

While Balanchine’s inspiration was a lost score, Edwaard Liang’s muse for Murmuration was nature, specifically the way in which starlings flock together to create patterns that defy explanation. Created for the Houston Ballet in 2013, and set to Ezio Bosso's Violin Concerto No. 1, The Esoconcerto, Liang takes something that cannot be deciphered to invent a fluidity of movement between his dancers that is utterly exquisite.

Daniel Proietto’s Blanc was commissioned by Manuel Legris for the Wiener Staatsballett’s 2016/17 season. With music by Mikael Karlsson and Frédéric Chopin, Blanc pays homage to Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, considered to be the last ballet blanc of the Romantic period and the first choreography devised for the stage not to have a plot.

Three ballets without a narrative, Symphony in C, Murmuration and Blanc, all revel in the sheer beauty of dance to create a spectacle that members in the audience for these performances at the Wiener Staatsoper will never forget.




Programme:

Symphony in C
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Georges Bizet

Murmuration
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Ezio Bosso

Blanc (world première)
Choreography: Daniel Proietto
Music: Mikael Karlson, Frédéric Chopin

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Blanc

November 5, 2016
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria +43 1 890 17 04

"Blanc" is a 40 minute ballet by Daniel Proietto, with text by Alan Lucien Oeyen and costumes by Stine Sjøgren. Music for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra by me, co-orchestrated with Michael Atkinson.

From the Vienna State Opera website:


A major challenge for any house presenting several ballets in one evening must be finding some internal logic that links the works. That is the masterstroke that the Vienna State Opera has achieved in a programme that combines the father of American ballet George Balanchine’s Symphony in C with works by two of the most talked-about artists of our era, Edwaard Liang and Daniel Proietto.

Symphony in C was first performed under that title by the New York City Ballet in 1948. Set to a symphony by Georges Bizet when the composer was still a student at the Paris Conservatory, it had originally been called Le Palais de Cristal and premiered with that name the previous year by the Paris Opéra Ballet at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra. The work was not known in Bizet’s lifetime and was only discovered some eighty years after it was written. An outstanding example of neoclassicism, Balanchine’s ballet has no story, instead placing the dancers at the service of the music.

While Balanchine’s inspiration was a lost score, Edwaard Liang’s muse for Murmuration was nature, specifically the way in which starlings flock together to create patterns that defy explanation. Created for the Houston Ballet in 2013, and set to Ezio Bosso's Violin Concerto No. 1, The Esoconcerto, Liang takes something that cannot be deciphered to invent a fluidity of movement between his dancers that is utterly exquisite.

Daniel Proietto’s Blanc was commissioned by Manuel Legris for the Wiener Staatsballett’s 2016/17 season. With music by Mikael Karlsson and Frédéric Chopin, Blanc pays homage to Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, considered to be the last ballet blanc of the Romantic period and the first choreography devised for the stage not to have a plot.

Three ballets without a narrative, Symphony in C, Murmuration and Blanc, all revel in the sheer beauty of dance to create a spectacle that members in the audience for these performances at the Wiener Staatsoper will never forget.




Programme:

Symphony in C
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Georges Bizet

Murmuration
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Ezio Bosso

Blanc (world première)
Choreography: Daniel Proietto
Music: Mikael Karlson, Frédéric Chopin

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Blanc

November 18, 2016
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Vienna State Opera, Vienna, Austria +43 1 890 17 04

"Blanc" is a 40 minute ballet by Daniel Proietto, with text by Alan Lucien Oeyen and costumes by Stine Sjøgren. Music for the Vienna State Opera Orchestra by me, co-orchestrated with Michael Atkinson.

From the Vienna State Opera website:


A major challenge for any house presenting several ballets in one evening must be finding some internal logic that links the works. That is the masterstroke that the Vienna State Opera has achieved in a programme that combines the father of American ballet George Balanchine’s Symphony in C with works by two of the most talked-about artists of our era, Edwaard Liang and Daniel Proietto.

Symphony in C was first performed under that title by the New York City Ballet in 1948. Set to a symphony by Georges Bizet when the composer was still a student at the Paris Conservatory, it had originally been called Le Palais de Cristal and premiered with that name the previous year by the Paris Opéra Ballet at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra. The work was not known in Bizet’s lifetime and was only discovered some eighty years after it was written. An outstanding example of neoclassicism, Balanchine’s ballet has no story, instead placing the dancers at the service of the music.

While Balanchine’s inspiration was a lost score, Edwaard Liang’s muse for Murmuration was nature, specifically the way in which starlings flock together to create patterns that defy explanation. Created for the Houston Ballet in 2013, and set to Ezio Bosso's Violin Concerto No. 1, The Esoconcerto, Liang takes something that cannot be deciphered to invent a fluidity of movement between his dancers that is utterly exquisite.

Daniel Proietto’s Blanc was commissioned by Manuel Legris for the Wiener Staatsballett’s 2016/17 season. With music by Mikael Karlsson and Frédéric Chopin, Blanc pays homage to Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, considered to be the last ballet blanc of the Romantic period and the first choreography devised for the stage not to have a plot.

Three ballets without a narrative, Symphony in C, Murmuration and Blanc, all revel in the sheer beauty of dance to create a spectacle that members in the audience for these performances at the Wiener Staatsoper will never forget.




Programme:

Symphony in C
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Georges Bizet

Murmuration
Choreography: Edwaard Liang
Music: Ezio Bosso

Blanc (world première)
Choreography: Daniel Proietto
Music: Mikael Karlson, Frédéric Chopin

iCal