New composition project!
>>> 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.