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.

This autumn I´m writing a solo piece for renowned Swedish cellist Per Nyström. Per is co-founder and artistic director of the newly started international orchestra Old Ox Chamber Orchestra (formerly Aurora Chamber Orchestra). He has a background in internationally acclaimed orchestras such as Camerata Nordica and the Yggdrasil Quartet, which he also co-founded. Per often plays with other Nordic chamber- and symphony orchestras and performs regularly at international chamber music festivals. Planned premiere in 2021. Time and venue will be announced here during the autumn.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Commission from Linnaeus University. Together with the irish choreographer Maria Kerin I create a short 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 (Shows from september 2019 - june 2020).

With support from Riksbankens jubileumsfond and Hainska Stiftelsen.

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

 

C A L E N D A R

 

2020

 

Workshop

Theatre of Sounds

25 02 2020

Zokker, Mörbylånga

 

A workshop on listening, memory and time. With simple sound tools we explore relations between different sounds and the experience of time.

Time: 18.00-19.00

Arranger:

Experimental Heritage Öland with support from Mörbylånga Municipality, Region Kalmar County, Ölands museum Himmelsberga and Linnaeus University.

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

24 06 2020

National University of Ireland, Galway

Fifteenth International Conference The Arts in Society

Against the Grain: Arts and the Crisis of Democracy


Experimental Heritage-Translocal Art and Archaeology Practice in Communities in Ireland and Sweden

Participation, editor and appearence in filmed Project presentation:

Bodil Petersson: Professor Archaeology, Linnaeus University (SWE)

Maria Kerin: Choreographer/curator (IR)

Hans Gurstad-Nilsson: Composer (SWE)

Arranger:

National University of Ireland, Galway and Linnaeus University

08 07 2020

World Heritage week, The World Heritage Southern Öland

The Oufield. A short filmportrait of the desterted village Dröstorp on the Great Alvar of Öland. The film is created for World Heritage week 2020. Here you can see the film:  https://sodraoland.com

Cissi Svärdström: Concept, paintings and sculpture

Hans Gurstad-Nilsson: Film, music and sound design

Arranger: World Heritage Southern Öland and Experimental Heritage Öland

10 10 - 01 11 2020

Memory Portals

Ölands museum Himmelsberga

Partcipation in the exhibition Memory Portals with two work in progress excerpts: 1. The Outfield, a shortfilm portrait of the deserted village of Dröstorp on Öland´s Great Alvar. In collaboration with Swedish artist Cissi Svärdström. 2. A filmed work in progress presentation of Amber, an installation/EAM piece in collaboration with irish artist Patricia McKenna.

Memoryportals online (13 07 20-31 12 20):

www.experimentalheritageexhibition.com 

http://patriciamckenna.ie

Arranger:

Experimental Heritage Öland

Ölands museum Himmelsberga

Linnaeus University

 

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, Ireland

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 driving force behind the artistic revolutions of the twentieth century were the tension between the past and the present. What are the conditions for contemporary musical creation today? How can memories be a 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.

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Press

 

Utvecklande möte mellan kulturarv och konst på Himmelsberga

”Cissi Svärdströms och Hans Gurstad-Nilssons upplevelse av Dröstorps ödeby presenterad genom Cissi Svärdströms små bronsskulpturer och Hans Gurstad-Nilssons musik, återskapar inte byn i fysisk form men ger en stark känsla av en unik plats.”

Gunilla Petri, Barometern 2020 10 13