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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 …

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 …

Fifty for the Future – now with Karin

2016 comes with ten new Fifty for the Future composers and partners! Kronos Performing Arts Association (KPAA) is excited to announce the 10 composers—five women and five men—who will be participating in Year Two of Kronos’ Fifty for the Future project. An  eclectic group to the program as they join us in our mission to expand the 21st-century string quartet repertoire for young players. Laurie Anderson (USA) Raven Chacon (Navajo Nation/USA) Guillermo Galindo (Mexico/USA) Philip …

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 …

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 …