Nine Nights – tonal hit in Berlin

The 2017 edition of the festival for new music (the ninth edition) – Ultraschall Berlin – is all about the human voice, both as an instrument and a transmitter of meaning.

The five-day event (18 – 22 January) organised by Deutschlandradio Kultur and RBB Kulturradio is on investigations and experiments in sound. 

In this environment Karin Rehnqvist’s two works fitted very well; as examples of the Nordic sound and (folk) music traditions.

In the concert hall of Radialsystem V at the river Spree in Berlin, the Saturday afternoon concert included Rehnqvist’s piece from 1998: Jag lyfter mina händer/ I raise my hands, sung by Lena Willemark and on the clarinet Shizuyo Oka.

Ger∂ur Kristný

The world premiere of Nio nätter / Nine Nights by Karin Rehnqvist and lyrics by the Icelandic poet Ger∂ur Kristný and light by Svante Grogarn was given a tremendous performance by Lena Willemark and ensemble recherche.

Photos by Kai Bienert