There’s still about a week to go before the first NJORD-Festival will charm the city of Copenhagen from 28th – 01st February. However, you can already feel the organisers’ excitement. They seem to be anxious to finally get started and make music and arts meet at NJORD, Copenhagen’s new biennale for new Nordic music, arts and culture.
Kaija Saariaho getting ready for NJORD © Preska Ketterer
NJORD examines the relationship between timbres in respectively music and visual art by organising concerts, exhibitions, seminars, talks as well as the children’s programme FRYS. For that purpose the team has invited a wide range of high-profile composers, musicians and artists to Copenhagen, including the Finnish festival composer Kaija Saariaho, whose La Passion de Simone will be performed as the opening concert by one of the world’s greatest orchestras for New Music, AVANTI! from Finland.
It will be AVANTI!’s first performance in Denmark and they will even play a second concert on Friday the 29th with the Danish cellist Jakob Kullberg. But that’s not all – within the four days, six premieres will be performed, that NJORD has ordered from Kaija Saariaho, Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg, Raija Malka, Niels Rosing-Schow, Andras Spang Olsen, Ólafur Björn Ólafsson.
A special highlight will be the presentation of the Finnish visual artist Raija Malka’s work STILLEBEN, that is based on her architectural installation and Kaija Saariahos radiophonic work Stilleben from 1987-88. Make sure not to miss it, it will be on display from 30th January – 28th February in Maskinhallen right next to the Botanical Garden.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)