Music at Scandinavia House January 2010

APAP 2010 – Northern Realms Music Showcase

Monday, January 11, 2010

First set: 2-5 pm         Second set: 7-11 pm

FREE reservations are required: 607-435-2045

Some of the most exciting and talented folk music performers from around the world descend upon New York this January for the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference. Scandinavia House will host some of the best artists from the Northern regions in Victor Borge Hall as an APAP highlight, featuring performers from Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Ireland and Quebec.

Niklas Sivelöv

2:00-2:20 pm & 7:00-7:20 pm

Leading Scandinavian pianist. An improviser and composer, he has been called the Renoir of the piano. Multiple award winner: Le Diapason D’or, the Independent Music Award, Vox populi. Exclusive Hamburg Steinway Artist and recently selected as the first Swedish pianist ever in their Hall of Fame.

the peärls before swïne experience

2:30-2:50 pm & 7:30-7:50 pm

Truly a remarkable and unforgettable Contemporary Classical ensemble. They perform pithy, 5-minute works written directly for them by some of the most important living composers from Sweden and abroad. Their relaxed and direct performances transform new music concerts into eminently enjoyable and accessible events.

Le Vent du Nord

3:00-3:20 pm & 8:00-8:20 pm

One of Québec’s finest traditional ensembles combining bouncing, rhythmic fiddle styles, unique tunes, spirited step dancing and ancient songs of Québec’s rich musical heritage. First recording received a JUNO (Canadian Grammy) and second awarded a FELIX Award for Traditional Album. Multiple instruments including hurdy-gurdy.

Sofia Jannok

3:30-3:50 pm & 8:30-8:50 pm

Passion and contrast define Sofia’s music. The passion and warmth in her clear, powerful voice artfully express the contrast between her indigenous Sami background and her creative cosmopolitanism. Sofia draws inspiration from wide open spaces, people, and the pulse and colours of the city.

Nuala Kennedy

4:00-4:20 pm & 9:00-9:20 pm

A mix of traditional Scottish and Irish songs sung with clarity and passion and a highly interactive live performance. This singer-flautist performs with esteemed musical collaborators, in a naturally expressive, spontaneous and engaging way. Nuala just released her second solo album, ‘Tune In’, on Compass Records.

Mats Öberg & Jonas Knutsson

4:30-4:50 pm & 9:30-9:50 pm

Traditional Swedish music combined with Contemporary Jazz and World. Öberg is an acclaimed, exceptionally versatile, keyboard genius possessing knock-out powers of expression. Knutsson is a bright saxophone star, equally at home in Jazz, folk and improvisation. Friends since childhood, their musical connections run deep.

The Nordic Fiddler’s Bloc

5:00-5:20 pm & 10:00-10:20 pm

Three of the top young fiddlers to emerge on the respective folk music scenes of Sweden, Norway and Shetland Islands. First meeting through informal “sessions”, they developed a deep admiration for each other’s playing and traditions and were inspired to collaborate. The result surpassed expectations…

Presented with support by Délégation générale du Québec; The Honorary Consulate of Sweden, New York; On Queue Performing Artists; Scottish Arts Council; and Rikskonserter / Concerts Sweden.

Northern Lights

Keyboard Conversations with Pianist Jeffrey Siegel: Concerts with Commentary

Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7:30 pm

$15 ($10 ASF members)

This concert brings you music from composers of the far North. Siegel performs Johannes Brahms’ fiery Allegro Maestoso from his early Piano Sonata No. 3, as well as the brooding and reflective Intermezzi, which was written toward the end of the composer’s life. The piano music of Sibelius is little known and rarely played – the Finnish composer’s charming Snapdragon and the passionate Romance will be welcome musical discoveries. The Danish master Carl Nielsen wrote magnificent short pieces for the piano, such as the Spinning Top, as well as the charming Humoreske Bagatelles. To conclude there will be the Evening in the Mountains, Summer Evening, and the glorious, rousing Norwegian Dances of Edvard Grieg.

Internationally-acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns to Scandinavia House for his third season at Victor Borge Hall. Beginning each evening with commentary on the music and its composers, Keyboard Conversations offers a full performance of each of the works, and ends with a short and lively question and answer session. The accessible and inviting performance format enriches audience understanding of classical music, for both the newcomer and seasoned listener alike. Each concert is followed by a reception.

Source: Scandinavia House

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