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Autumn 2016

  Friday 19 August 2016, 4 pm, Oslo – Europan Premiere Saturday 27 August 2016, 8 pm, Helsinki The Nordic Choir Expedition Davids nimm, version for three solor voices and ladies choir from 1984  Maria Denérus, Helena Ströberg, sopranos, Maria Erlan Carlson, mezzo Eric Ericson Chamber Choir Florian Benfer, cond. More info › 16 September 2016, 8 pm Ren Rehnqvist, Absolutt Alpaca – a jubilee concert  In Orbit – Premiere Beginning Ensemble Alpaca + Rolf Borch, clarinets Dokkhuset, Trondheim About the …

The complete When I Close My Eyes …

For the first time there was a complete performance of the choir piece When I Close My Eyes I Dream of Peace composed for mixed choir by Karin Rehnqvist in 2015. The performance took place in a concert with the Oslo choir Schola Cantorum in Arvika Church October 15, 2016. Conductor: Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl. Here is a review: A monumental work from 2015 by Karin Rehnqvist …

Rehnqvist’s strings in San Francisco

Friday night, February 5, is day two of 2016 Explorer Festival featuring Kronos Quartet and guests. ‘Only sound remains’. Place: Miner Auditorium SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco, California. The concert includes a bunch of premieres: – one US premiere: Karin Rehnqvist / All Those Strings! features celebrated Finnish musician Ritva Koistinen performing with Kronos on the zither-like kantele – one West Coast premiere: Aleksandra Vrebalov / Bubbles – one San Francisco premiere: Nicole Lizée / The Golden …

Blood hoof – The retelling of an Eddic saga

Karin Rehnqvist together with the musicians Lena Willemark, voice, and ensemble recherche, Freiburg (above), experiment with new sounds at a workshop in Freiburg, Germany, for a new Rehnqvist piece – Blodhov / Bloodhoof. There will be a musical setting of Gevður Kristný’s book-length poem Bloodhoof, a retelling of an Eddic saga, for ensemble recherche and Lena Willemark. See the video from a workshop with the musicians Melise Mellinger, Barbara Maurer, Åsa Åkerberg, …

“As a composer, I am the consummate listener”

I would like to begin by saying a great and heartfelt “Thank you!” to Birmingham City University for this honorary degree. It is indeed a great honor, and I feel happy, energized, and inspired! And it is a real pleasure to establish closer ties with this city, with its long and very fine tradition of new music. I would also like to thank the staff …

Spring 2016

When I close my eyes, I dream of peace – a piece for mixed choir in many languages. My peace project. The title and text of this piece is only one sentence long. I found it in a book, said by an unidentified 11-year-old Croatian boy during the Balkan Wars. The sentence is sung here in a dozen different languages from different cultures and regions of the …

Sleep now – a new piece

  SLEEP NOW – a lullaby drama for soprano, bass flute and double bass. (alternative version with alto flute). Text: Lullaby: Sally Beamish Whisperings: Karin Rehnqvist Duration ca 9 min Sleep now, is a lullaby in the form a minidrama. A mother is trying to sing her baby to sleep, which isn’t always easy! It can take a long time. As she sings her soothing …