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Festival of Endless Gratitude – Reconfigured and re-enchanted

November 2 2021

Stefan Lakatos & Bengt Tribukait Festival of Endless Gratitude, October 22, Koncertkirken, Copenhagen – live report by Ivna Franic, photos: Keith Canisius After years of mostly taking place at KPH Volume, the 2020 edition of Festival of Endless Gratitude was held at Nørrebro’s Koncertkirken. This year, the awesomely titled festival took on a whole new shape, spanning several separate dates and three different venues. The journey started ...

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Antechamber – Feast of performances

October 15 2021

Announced with a description that seemed simultaneously clear and cryptic, Antechamber promised to gather “thirteen local and international artists for a collective performance and banquet within the baroque interior of Ledreborg Slot.” The arrival at Forum in Copenhagen, the designated pick-up spot for the organized afternoon ride to the castle, was no less perplexing, with only a handful of us getting on the bus amidst a huge crowd of drunken people wearing funny costumes. Læs resten

“There is trust involved in intimacy” – Vanessa Amara’s First Interview

August 16 2021

Back in May, P/A contributing editor Macon Holt sat down to have a slow-motion chat over email with the founding member of the critically acclaimed Danish ambient and experimental band Vanessa Amara, Birk Gjerlufsen Nielsen. What started as an interview about the band’s new record, “Music for Acoustic Instruments and Feedback”, became a wide-ranging conversation about the problems with beauty, the intimacy of music and the sociality of sound. What follows is an edited version of this exchange rearranged for clarity.

The Unknown Inside Us – A conversation between Marcela Lucatelli and Bent Sørensen about the current state of diversity in Danish institutions

May 10 2021

A few years ago, the Danish Composers’ Society (Dansk Komponistforening) conducted a survey, which confirmed that opera houses, orchestras, ensembles, etc. are, in our eyes, playing far too little new music, and that female composers are grossly underrepresented. After the review was made public, I was asked in an interview whether I could hear a difference in music made by women and men—because, if there wasn’t actually a difference, then it didn’t make sense, in the eyes and ears of the interviewer, to single out or advocate for music made by women. That was, of course, a provocation, but can you point to any differences in music made by women and men?

“The Unknown Inside Us” is a conversation between composers Marcela Lucatelli and Bent Sørensen about the current state of diversity in Danish institutions. Læs resten

New print – Macon Holt “On Popular Music”

April 22 2021

Macon Holt “On Popular Music” is the latest addition to the Passive/Aggressive small prints series on contemporary music theory and sonic fiction. In this series:Macon Holt “On Popular Music” (2021)Pauline Oliveros “Bryd stilheden” (2021)Steve Goodman “Sonisk krigsførelse” (2020)Éliane Radigue “Tiden er uden betydning” (2019)“K-Punk: Or how Mark Fisher intensifies the political possibilities of music” (2019) In On Popular Music (a title appropriated from ...

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Polychrome – making artistic processes into something lasting

Feature November 22 2020

Feature by Macon Holt Behind the auspicious campuses of The University of Copenhagen and the national broadcaster, Denmark’s Radio, just far enough along an unassuming main road that stretches into what those who dwell on the mainland might call, deep Amager, we find one of the newest independent venues for artistic and musical residencies and documentation distribution, Polychrome. The building, which could easily be mistaken for purely ...

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Esther – A suite of beguiling ambient with a melancholy subtext of glitch

Kritik September 28 2020

Esther “Esther” (Textur, 2020) – review by Macon Holt The second release from the Copenhagen based label Textur is the self-titled EP by Esther; a collaboration between producers Martin Messell and Andreas Høegh. Over the six tracks, the duo reconstitute the audio of live multi-instrumental improvisation into pieces of glitch infused ambience.

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Festival of Endless Gratitude 2020 – Opening the windows of the mind (live report)

September 22 2020

Manuel Göttsching & Cirklen – photo: Christian Møller Blæhr Festival of Endless Gratitude, Koncertkirken, Copenhagen, September 10-13 – live report by Wieland Rambke For the 13th year now, Festival Of Endless Gratitude opened its doors for an adventurous audience. What today is a festival celebrating experimental music from around the globe has gone through a long history of changes now: Originally a festival with a focus ...

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