>>> Eilíft sólskin (Lila Bazooka + Aurélie Ferrière) in Husavik, a humpback whale study station in the North of Iceland.
I was invited by Lila Bazooka (Sophie Bernado and Céline Grangey) to join “Eilift Solskin” – a new chapter in their adventures: an itinerant composition residency combining meeting/playing with Icelandic musicians (Eyjólfur Eyjólfsson, Berglind María Tómasdóttir…) and recording the forces of nature, geysers, sources, humpback whales etc in different parts of the country… after some improvised gigs, in a possessed church or in a dark farm (violin/song/ribbon-theremin for me), crazy encounters, boat trips and hydrophone mysteries, we are declared ready for the next phase of the project, a creation residency in December in Marciac in the south of France, gig included (stay tuned!).
It was hard not to catch any opera festival this summer: I went to Munich Opernfestspiele for the first nights, catching the new Tristan with Kaufmann/Harteros main roles’ debuts, staged by Warlikowski, Kirill Petrenko’s final production in his role at the Bavarian State Opera, and then a Rheingold – awaiting for the new Ring in the making there, coming up soon:):) Ironically at the same time another Tristan was taking place in Aix – I also wish I’d caught Innocence by Kaija Saariaho there, and the Don Giovanni from Salzburg… watch all of these if you can!!
Orchestra productions coming up this fall
I will be creating and supervising the script for orchestra and chamber video streaming during the Baltic Sea Festival in Berwaldhallen in September. Very happy to have Esa-Pekka Salonen and then Klaus Mäkelä in the hall again, with grandiose programs which you can check out here – all concerts are streamed live here.
After the festival, I will produce some orchestra recordings in Malmö, starting with… an opera actually, Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Malmö Opera reviving the legendary staging by Peter Hall from Glyndebourne.
I am now a member of “Unga tankar om musik”, a think tank and reference group connecting 40 actors of the music industry under 40 years-old, in Sweden – as of now under the Royal Academy of Music. More info about our activities here.
Covid made me do a lot of filming…
I’ve been script creator and score supervisor in a series of orchestra concerts in Berwaldhallen – these productions are available online with the selection changing regularly so check again later if you don’t find what you wanted!
I’ve been music producer and assistant director for another movie made inside and around the hall – this time we’ve worked around Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll: watch it here.
….And, yet another movie with this creative team – Andrew Staples is directing, I’m music producer and assistant director, filming ensured by Berwaldhallen coworkers. This one is based on the creation of a new piece by Britta Byström for Malin Broman, who’s once again performing all 8 parts – do you remember the Mendelssohn octet viral video?
This new Octet film goes in a completely different direction – here’s a hint in the picture below! It will be premiered online and in concert at the Baltic Sea Festival on September 10, 2021.
Back home after Lettland, France, Visby and Härnösand. And… hey I think I’m starting to like this septet.
I’m just back from Visby International Centre for Composers in Gotland, Sweden. It’s been a few weeks of intensive work on a new project – more info very soon!
On September 25 I performed MUSICOMEXP at the Great Amber Hall in Liepāja, Latvia. More logistics than usual in these strange times, but what a city and what an amazing hall to perform in! Check out the pictures below.
Just back from my residency at VICC in Visby, where I worked on another project – more info coming soon.
Next MUSICOMEXP performance is scheduled on November 7 in Härnösand, Sweden. Book in advance! Extremely limited sitting with distanciation, the concert is planned twice.
More info and booking links HERE!
Love from Liepāja
Pictures from MUSICOMEXP performance at Great Amber Hall, Liepāja, Latvia.
Above and below: photos by Valters Pelns
MUSICOMEXP by Aurélie Ferrière LIVE on September 25 at Great Amber Hall in Liepāja, Latvia. First post lockdown gig!
1. Opera in different shapes
2. MUSICOMEXP in the cyber world, and soon live again!
3. Composing in 2020
4. Video and streaming
1. Opera in different shapes
Last year I was trainee by Mariame Clément, opera director for Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet during the 2019 edition of the Bregenz Opera Festival. This production was awarded the Austrian Music Theater Prize in the categories of Best Overall Opera Production and Best Male Leading Role for Gabor Bretz as Don Quichotte. More info here!
The premiere recorded by the Austrian Radio/TV is broadcast by the BBC here, and released on DVD by Naxos.
In June 2020, as the world was waking up from a lockdown, a very special opera production took place in Stockholm. Don Giovanni was staged to close the season of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berwaldhallen, directed by (and with) Andrew Staples, with Peter Mattei, Malin Byström, etc.
In this production I was assistant director and score supervisor for stage and video. Your last chance to see this special production, it’s only available until Wednesday 9/9!
2. MUSICOMEXP out on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music… – and soon live again
So finally! In the wake of the world’s situation this spring, after all live performances were canceled or postponed, and although MUSICOMEXP is a multi-facetted piece to be experienced live, I decided to let it out in the cyber world for all to enjoy in immersive audio format.
MUSICOMEXP is now available on Spotify, Deezer, Apple, Amazon, or any provider you may prefer. So feel free to CLICK, SHARE and LOOP at any time!
Again, MUSICOMEXP is delivered in binaural format, is to be heard preferably through high quality headphones ?
Remember MUSICOMEXP is available as an exclusive CD box set with the music, my day log on board the expedition with photos and drawings, and all sailing maps from my time at sea. Get it here!
LIVE?! It looks like the fall may allow small performances for less than 50 listeners in some parts of Europe. As MUSICOMEXP requires specific settings, some canceled performances from the spring, and new ones, might be set in the next few months. Updates will appear when available on Musicomexp or Sax Records.
First stops: the Great Amber Hall of Latvia in September, and a black box in Härnösand in November (do you know where that is?)
BROADCAST! The performance of MUSICOMEXP at Baltic Sea Festival 2019 will be broadcast on the Swedish Radio on September 12, along with a discussion with its author 🙂 Were you there?
Catch the broadcast live or in the following 30 days.
3. Composing in 2020…
Yes that’s what I’ve been up to!
My composition residencies in the spring did not look quite as planned, my time at VICC Visby International Centre for Composers is rescheduled in October 2020. Looking forward to weeks of concentrated work on pieces I started earlier this year. Stay tuned!!
4. Streaming and video
I don’t do video too often as I find it so terribly chronophage, although I have done it in the past (check out CIKATRI$ videos here!)
But now that anything happens, I’ve been working with streamed video, as score supervisor at Berwaldhallen for the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (though I’m still there sometimes as a mixing engineer). You’ll find some of these streamed concerts here.
If you’re up for something completely unexpected… watch THIS! This is a very special production I did over the summer with our Concertmaster Malin Broman 8 times on screen (and her strad 6 times!!)
Special production on June 13, 2020 – Don Giovanni by SRSO – Daniel Harding – Stage director Andrew Staples – with Peter Mattei, Malin Byström, …
I had the pleasure to join an amazing team as score supervisor (streaming and stage) and assistant director, “at home” in Berwaldhallen.
The streamed performance will be available all summer, don’t miss it!