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The fifth edition of Festival O/MODƏRNT is inspired by the muse of Domenico Scarlatti. Virtuosic, extravagant and flamboyant, Domenico’s sonatas for solo keyboard are delightful musical journeys in two halves. Full of astonishing variety, these miniature works probe the world of binary form, setting off through harmonic space to discover far-flung places before returning home. For Festival O/MODƏRNT 2015 Scarlatti the younger’s ‘ingenious jesting with art’ is showcased alongside the operatic genius of his father, Alessandro. And that is why this summer’s weeklong voyage through music, art and literature is doubly guided by the idea of the TWOFOLD.

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Friday 12 June, 6 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER

SCARLATTI SWINGS

PAULINA PFEIFFER soprano
KAROLINA BLIXT mezzosoprano
SOPHIE DUNÉR song
BRAM VAN SAMBEEK bassoon
OLIVIER DARBELLAY horn
SVANTE HENRYSON electric bass
YURI HONING saxophone
JANNE RÄTTYÄ accordion
NICK VAN BLOSS piano
SVEN FIGEE Hammond organ
MARIJN KORFF DE GIDTS percussion
JOHAN BRIDGER percussion
JOOST LIJBAART percussion
MARK TATLOW conductor
EDERSON RODRIGUES XAVIER dancer
WIJNAND VAN KLAVEREN composer
JOHANNES MARMÉN composer
O/MODƏRNT KAMMARORKESTER

A newly composed opera-ballet by Wijnand van Klaveren interweaves Alessandro Scarlatti’s Griselda, based on a story from the Decameron of Boccaccio, with themes from Domenico’s keyboard sonatas and some modern interludes.

In the illness now known as bipolar disorder the dark side of twoness manifests itself as a disruptive bifurcation. Over the centuries and under a host of different names, many of the world’s great creative minds have experienced this condition. The second part of this evening’s programme is devoted to works by composers who have felt its influence and to texts set to music that deal directly and indirectly with the conflicting energies associated with bipolarity.

Works performed include Schumann’s Symphonic Études. Bringing us right up to the present day, the O/MODƏRNT Chamber Orchestra will present richly coloured arrangements of songs by R.E.M., Nirvana, The Beach Boys, Irving Berlin, Charles Mingus and Charlie Parker.

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Saturday 13 June 3 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER – Literary event (in English)

DOUBLE-DEALING

TERESA MONACHINO graphic designer
MARTIN HUXTER artist
SIMONE KOTVA writer
PAUL WILLIAMSON writer
GEORGE LEVANTIS artist
KRISTINA LEON actor
INGELA LUNDH actor

A game of doubles! That’s the theme of the literary event at Festival O/MODƏRNT 2015. But this isn’t a game of snap where the aim is noisily to slap a hand on two identical cards that appear in succession. Nor is it deceitful substitution. What’s at stake in dubbelspel played O/MODƏRNT-style are familiar notions of sameness, difference and identity. The afternoon includes illustrated talks by award-winning designer Teresa Monachino and by British artist Martin Huxter, whose new collection of portraits is showcased in The New Potato Eaters, a collaborative book dedicated to the pictures produced by Vincent van Gogh in the Dutch farming town of Nuenen (1883–5). Also on show in this little feast of literature is Twofold, an anthology of specially commissioned pieces in prose and verse that take this year’s festival theme as their starting point and featuring images from Leda and the Swan, a mesmeric series of works on paper by George Levantis. The afternoon concludes with a semi-dramatised performance by Kristina Leon and Ingela Lundh, founder members of the Stockholm English Speaking Theatre.

Saturday 13 June 6 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER

SHAKESPEARE RAPPED, SCARLATTI SAMPLED

YURI HONING saxophone
HUGO TICCIATI violin
JOHANNES MARMÉN violin
HANNA DAHLKVIST cello
SVANTE HENRYSON bass
JOOST LIJBAART percussion
JANNE RÄTTYÄ accordion
HENRIK MÅWE piano
DIANA KETLER piano
ALEXANDER OLIVER reciter
BABA ISRAEL rapper
ELO MASING composer
CHARLIE BARBER composer

Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
Sings this to thee, ‘Thou single wilt prove none.’

This couplet comes at the end of Shakespeare’s eighth sonnet which is about unity in multiplicity – in music as in life. Shakespeare’s couplet artistry combines with the binary shape of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas to provide the creative spark for this evening’s concert. In true O/MODƏRNT fashion, oneness of spirit guides the manifold encounter of a rap artist, an actor, improvised jazz, the amazing Terry Riley, Pink Floyd, Mendelssohn and some experimental composers.

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Sunday 14 June 1 pm
ULRIKSDAL PALACE CHAPEL

TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN

VOCES8 choir

Flow my tears, fall from your springs … John Dowland’s muse is a melancholy creature who helps him to discover inspiration in exile and unrequited love. Yet the fashionable condition that Dowland explores, celebrates and laments in some of his best-known lyrical pieces has its basis not only in the preoccupations of Renaissance poetry but also in his fractured temperament. Dowland apparently suffered from manic depression, which manifested itself as the restless emotional energy that provides the impetus for some of his most beautiful and moving music. Punctuated by Dowland’s songs, this concert is devoted to composers through the centuries whose work has been influenced by the disorder diagnosed in ancient Greek times as an excess of black bile. With their impeccable musicality and extraordinary quality of tone, VOCES8 perform works by Dowland, Bruckner, Holst, Gesualdo, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Claude-Michel Schönberg.

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Sunday 14 June 3 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER – Lecture-recital (in English)

TRUTH IN MADNESS

FILIPPO FAES piano

From Romanticism to Zen via quantum mechanics … or how to split perception in two and find insight in-between. This is a skill taught by the sages of the Native American Yaqui and practised in the music of Schumann. It will be the subject of this fascinating lecture-cum-recital by Filippo Faes.

Musical illustrations include Schumann’s ‘Vogel als Prophet’ from Waldszenen and keyboard works by Domenico Scarlatti.

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Sunday 14 June 6 pm

DER DOPPELGÄNGER: SCARLATTI IN A MIRROR

ANNA LARSSON mezzosoprano
HUGO TICCIATI violin
BRAM VAN SAMBEEK bassoon
OLIVIER DARBALLEY horn
JANNE RÄTTYÄ accordion
DIANA KETLER piano
MIYOKO SHIDA RIGOLO sanddornbalance
VOCES8
O/MODƏRNT KAMMARORKESTER

The second half being the first half played backwards (with a necessary touch of artistic licence!), this concert will be the enactment of a musical mirror, featuring works by both Scarlattis, Schubert, Bach, Byrd, Tavener and Machaut. The reflecting halves are magically separated by a twofold middle made up of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel and the mysterious balancing feats of Japanese Zen dancer, Miyoko Shida Rigolo.

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Monday 15 juni 7 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER

NOT-MODERN AT O/MODƏRNT

BRAM VAN SAMBEEK bassoon
OLIVIER DARBELLAY horn
HUGO TICCIATI violin
DIANA KETLER piano
VICTORIA BORISOVA-OLLAS composer
O/MODƏRNT KAMMARORKESTER

Revelling in that which is ambiguously (un)modern, at FESTIVAL O/MODƏRNT we like to serve our classic works with a sprinkle of newness. To celebrate our fifth birthday, however, O/MODƏRNT 2015 will inaugurate a new tradition. Each year we will programme one concert of time-honoured works in their pure, original splendour. On the bill for the first in our Not-Modern series are Mozart Concertos, Brahms’ Horn Trio and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. After all that (but very much in line with this year’s twofold theme!), we couldn’t resist doubling back on ourselves and commissioning one brand-new work, not only to add a little contemporary spice to the occasion but also, we hope, to create a classic for the future.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Bassoon Concerto K. 191
Horn concerto K. 417

Victoria Borisova-Ollas
New Commission

Johannes Brahms
Horn Trio in E-flat op. 40

Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Serenade for Strings in C major op. 48

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Tuesday 16 June 7 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER

FROM THE TWOFOLD TO THE ONE

HUGO TICCIATI violin
HANNA DAHLKVIST cello
JANNE RÄTTYÄ accordion
EVELYN GLENNIE percussion
JOHAN BRIDGER percussion
THE SWEDISH WIND ENSEMBLE
KASPER DE ROO conductor 

Percussionist extraordinaire Evelyn Glennie is joined by a group of music-making friends to take us on a journey from the dualities of Western thought to the peaceful, holistic unity of Eastern contemplation. En route we will be treated to virtuosic renditions of Scarlatti’s sonatas for two marimbas, Indian-inspired improvisations and musical utterances inspired by Zen aphorisms.

Works by Domenico Scarlatti, Sofia Gubaidulina, John Cage, Casy Cangelosi, John Tavener and Jules Massenet

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Wednesday 17 June 7 pm
ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER

LET THERE BE MAN, WOMAN … AND FISH!

OLLI MUSTONEN piano
HUGO TICCIATI violin
PHILIPPE GRAFFIN violin
RAZVAN POPOVICI viola
CHRISTIAN POLTERA cello
RICK STOTIJN double bass

According to the Old Testament, God created man and woman. Later, in order to save every last species of living creature from the flood, he commanded Noah to take into the ark two of every kind of animal, male and female. The final concert in this year’s feast of pairs (matching, complementary, contrasting, fused in oneness or forever disparate) celebrates a vision of creation as twofold. Let there be jazz! The evening opens with Milhaud’s La création du monde, inspired by music heard on the streets of Harlem, and continues with Olli Mustonen’s Piano Quintet. Finally, FESTIVAL O/OMDƏRNT 2015 closes with Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and this year’s musical and artistic voyage of discovery brings us home again – refreshed, revitalised and already looking forward to next year!

Darius Milhaud
La création du monde, op. 81a

Olli Mustonen
Piano Quintet

Franz Schubert
The Trout Quintet

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