ÖSTERGÖTLANDS MUSIKDAGAR CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL, AUGUST 12-19 2017
I am the composer in residence for the Östergötlands Musikdagar chamber music festival this year. The festival is in Linköping, Sweden, and many of the chamber pieces of mine that are performed there have never been performed in Sweden before. Among the amazing performers are clarinetist Staffan Mårtensson, The Dahlkvist Quartet, pianist Henrik Måwe, percussionist Niklas Brommare and flutist Sara Hammarström. Staffan Mårtensson and The Dahlkvist Quartet will perform a brand new clarinet quintet by me, written for them. Here is the full program. I will be there Aug 16-19.
THE ECHO DRIFT
The Echo Drift is a chamber opera conceived by Elle Kunnos de Voss and myself that is now in full production with an amazing team (see below), co-produced by PROTOTYPE and American Opera Projects. It is set to premiere in January 2018 in NYC: The score will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble and pianist Aaron Likness, conducted by Nicholas DeMaison. The two roles are performed by mezzo soprano Blythe Gaissert, and vocalist John Kelly.
Composer: Mikael Karlsson
Librettists: Elle Kunnos de Voss, Kathryn Walat
Director: Mallory Catlett
Set, Animation: Elle Kunnos de Voss
The Echo Drift is an opera about Walker Loats, a convicted murderer and con-woman in a timeless prison.
When Walker is unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, she has to choose between paying her dues toward a distant but certain reward, or a shortcut that she hopes would rig the game in her favor. This sets off a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction and fantastical perception.
The Echo Drift explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli, and poses the question whether it is possible to act in a way that isn’t ultimately in your own nature.
The opera switches between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of hand drawn animation, It employs a live chamber ensemble, electronics and a 6 channel surround sound system.
More info soon!
ALEXANDER EKMAN’S “PLAY” PREMIERES AT THE PARIS OPERA DEC 6 2017
Alexander Ekman and I are currently building our fourth full evening ballet. This one, named “Play”, is for the legendary Paris Opéra Garnier.
There will be 36 dancers and around a dozen musicians.
There are 19(!) performances in all. Here is more info along with link to tickets (tickets are already on sale).
The theme for the piece is “play”, and it is going to be a thrill ride.
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