23.02.2014 |

NORDLICHTER, the platform for Nordic music and arts in Berlin (Germany) and partner of ARS BALTICA presents an extraordinary festival this year with over 80 artists, 25 composers, and multiple premieres from February 27 to March 1.

The festival takes off with “Shared Sounds – Shared Thoughts”, which is intended to re-establish dialogue about the origins of cultural cooperation within the Baltic Sea Region. “Shared Sounds – Shared Thoughts” is a new addition to NORDLICHTER, with performances by The Stenhammar Quartet (Sweden) and Katrine Geslinge (Denmark), a concert in two-parts with various follow-up discussions about active BSR cultural cooperation, proceeding the concerts.

A wide range of musical projects from Scandinavia and the Baltic States are to be experienced as part of the traditional “Nordic Night,” February 28th. From traditional instruments, to abstract vocal techniques, this evening is sure to represent Nordic music at its best.

Here is a brief overview of the program for “Nordic Night”:

  • Premiere of new composition by Bent Sørensen (Denmark)
  • Premiere of 10 miniatures from 10 Norwegian composers, by BOA Trio (Norway)
  • Performance by world-class a capella collective Nordic Voices (Norway)
  • Performance by Ensemble Una Corda (Estonia)
  • Three premieres of compositions from Denmark, Iceland, and Finland, with the project “Lost and Found” by Ensemble Adapter (Germany/Iceland)

The evening will wrap up with a special performance by the Electronic Sound Art Project. Björn Svin, SØS Gunver Ryberg and Cristian Vogel are a Danish DJ trio that continuously redefines electronic music in a curious fashion, keeping its audience musically alert.

NORDLICHTER concludes Saturday March 1st with the RIAS Chamber Choir (Germany) and Ensemble Resonanz (Germany) led by Estonian conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, performing works by Arvo Pärt, Lepo Sumeta, Tõnu Korvits and Peteris Vasks. Creativity, open-mindedness, cultural awareness, and deep thought are generated time and again at NORDLICHTER – get ready to experience this year’s sounds of the North.

Learn more about the festival via the main website.

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