composer

WORK IN PROGRESS 2020

 

 

G A N

In the spring 2020 I am composing a work based on the imagery of Swedish painter and modernist pioneer Gösta Adrian-Nilsson (GAN). GAN (1884-1965) is mostly known for his colorful depictions of the dawn of the modern industrial age. Influenced by the dynamic art scene in 1910s and 20s Berlin and Paris he created a personal blend of the modernist styles, with erotic symbolism as a salient feature. His ruptured paintings of urbanity, new technology and athletic men capture a time just as full of hope and promises of freedom as of dystopic gloom. The images resonate with our own troubled times and their visual rhythm and movement yearns for musical and scenic creation.

 

With support from Helge Ax:on Johnsons foundation, the County Council of Kalmar County, Kalmar municipality and Filmregion southeast.

Commission from Linnaeus University. During the spring and summer I work together with irish choreographer Maria Kerin on a film for the exhibition Swedish-Irish Experimental Heritage Explorations (see below). Experimental Heritage is a transdisciplinary and translocal project run by Swedish archeologist Bodil Petersson. It´s a collaboration between archeologists and artists connected to Linnaeus University and the University of Galway, Ireland. The project explores the meaning of the cultural heritage for us living today through art.

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C A L E N D A R

 

2020

 

Aesthetics and science Faculty seminar

Panel discussion and film

17 03 2020

Linnaeus University, Växjö
 

Archaeologist Bodil Petersson and composer Hans Gurstad-Nilsson give a presentation of transdisciplinary meetings between archeologists and artists in the ongoing Swedish-Irish project Experimental Heritage Explorations.

Film: Moving the Ship.

 

13.00-15.00

Arranger:

Linnaeus University

Departement of Film and  Literature

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

EXPERIMENTAL HERITAGE EXPLORATIONS

Sweden-Ireland

Film premiere: Moving the Ship.

17 09 2019

Solevi, Kivik

19 09 2019

Kalmar art museum

21 09 2019

Ölands museum, Himmelsberga

24 09 2019

Burren Storehouse, Lisdoonvarna. Co. Clare, Ireland

Premiere for the short film Experimental Heritage Explorations #1. Moving the Ship.

 

The Stone ship Noah's Ark on the grave field at Karum, Öland stems out on a Journey to the West Coast of Ireland. Archeologists and artists from two islands meet to explore the significance of Cultural Heritage for us living today. A collaboration with Irish choreographer Maria Kerin, Linnaeus University and Experimental Heritage Öland.

Concept and project management: Bodil Petersson, Linnaeus University.

Choreography: Maria Kerin

Drone footage: Jan Hagelin

Film, music and sound design:

Hans Gurstad-Nilsson

Organizers: Linnaeus University, Kalmar art museum, Ölands museum, Himmelsberga, and Experimental Heritage Ireland.

17/07 2019

EXPERIMENTAL HERITAGE Sound expedition in Eketorp's ringfort, Öland.

What did Eketorp's ringfort sound like 1500 years ago? How does it sound on a summer day in 2019? Create a time capsule of sound together with composer Hans Gurstad-Nilsson and cultural heritage pedagogue Lotta Karlsson. Children and adults together.

 

Time: 11.00-13.00

Location: Eketorps ringfort, Öland

Price: Entrance fee Eketorp, adult SEK 80, children SEK 40. The entrance fee also includes more activities in the ringfort.

 

Organizer: Experimental Heritage Öland

13/06 2019

EXPERIMENTAL HERITAGE 

Preview of the short film Experimental Heritage Explorations #1. Moving the Ship. Kilshanny House, Kilshanny, Co. Clare, Irland

Concept and project management: Bodil Petersson, Linnaeus University.

Choreography: Maria Kerin

Drone footage: Jan Hagelin

Film, music, and sound design:

Hans Gurstad-Nilsson

Organizer: Linnaeus University and Experimental Heritage Irland

April 2018

BØLGERNE

MUSIC TO  BØLGERNE - A PODCAST ABOUT NEW AND NEWLY TRANSLATED LITERATURE IN DENMARK, SWEDEN AND NORWAY

BØLGERNE is a podcast about new and newly translated literature published in Denmark, Norway and Sweden with a growing number of listeners. Permanent hosts are the authors Ida Holmegaard and Emeli Bergman. In their podcast they discuss language, characters, themes, plot, imagery and political implications of the books, as well as their relation to other literature - in short, all that gives the literature meaning.

26/08 2017

LECTURE

OLD TONES - NEW MUSIC

ÖLANDS MUSEUM, HIMMELSBERGA

The artistic revolutions of the twentieth century were driven by the tension between the past and the present. What are the conditions for contemporary musical creation today? How can memories be used as starting point for creating the new? I highlight the question with examples from my own creative processes.

The event is part of the Linnaeus University project: Experimental Heritage.

24/07 2017

DEBATE

OPEN EARS TO NEW SOUNDSCAPES

SVENSKA DAGBLADET

Different kinds of music have different functions and context. That´s the main argument in Hans Gurstad-Nilsson's and Ken Friedman's answer to Sofia Lilly Jönsson's text about John Cage in SvD's article series "The revaluation"

06/10 2016

MY WAY

(EVERYBODY IS A REFUGEE)

PETER BRYNGELSSON

NORRKÖPING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH SOLOISTS

DE GEER HALL, NORRKÖPING

Orchestral arrangements for three songs in Peter Bryngelsson's orchestral suite My Road. Singer Soher Choukair from Syria, violinist Mukryan Abubakr, Kurdistan and the oud virtuoso Mousa Elias, Syria meets the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in ten songs about alienation. A collaboration with Peter Bryngelsson, Henrik Strindberg, Pelle Halvarsson and Peter Lindroth.

14/05 2016

THE EARTH BOOK

AN ORATORIO OF THE CHANGING CITY

GOTHENBURG OPERA

MAY 14-15

The Earth Book is a dream play for chamber choir, song soloists, piano, percussion, double bass and live electronics. Based on archeological remains and ongoing urban changes in Gothenburg I explore the timeless dream of the city. A collaboration with Varberg Chamber Choir, soprano Karolina Andersson, tenor Tore Sunesson, pianist Jonas Olsson, percussionist Daniel Berg and bassist Adrian Eriksson. Conductor: Professor Gunno Palmquist.

 

Direction and light design: Joakim Engstrand.

 

In collaboration with the Museum of Gothenburg and with support from the Västra Götaland Region, Frispel and Gothenburg city.

2016

BACH IN FLUX

COLLABORATION WITH FLUXUS ARTIST KEN FRIEDMAN ON BACHS UNFINISHED FUGUE

The artist Ken Friedman (born 1949 in New London, Connecticut) is one of the main figures in Fluxus, an international laboratory for experimental art, architecture, design, literature and music. He has worked closely with other Fluxus artists and composers such as George Maciunas, Dick Higgins and Nam June Paik, as well as with legends such as John Cage and Joseph Beuys. In the early 1970s, he was chief editor of Dick Higgins Something Else Press.

Original music for author and playwright Emeli Bergman's debut film Je suis ta soeur (I am your sister), about love between siblings. The film is a collaboration between filmmakers and actors from France, Denmark and Sweden. The lead roles are played by Mathilde Weil and Adrien Simion, both students at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique in Paris. Emeli Bergman (b. 1988) is educated at Forfatterskolen in Copenhagen. Premiere in spring 2020