Rasmussen, Nørgård and Saariaho at World New Music Days

Rasmussen, Nørgård and Saariaho at World New Music Days
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World New Music Days 2024 will take place in the stunning Faroe Islands from June 22 to 30.

The festival features an extraordinary lineup of performances, including a world premiere by acclaimed Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen and works by Per Nørgård and the late Kaija Saariaho, who sadly passed away last year. Sunleif Rasmussen’s Chorals and Dances will be premiered by the Lapland Chamber Orchestra under the baton of renowned conductor John Storgårds. The work draws inspiration from the nature of the Faroe Islands and bird song. Sunleif Rasmussen will also be featured as festival composer for the Rudersdal Summer Concerts this August. 

In addition to these premieres, the festival will feature a performance of Rasmussen’s Surrounded from 2000. Also on the programme is Kaija Saariaho’s Tag des Jahrs, a work that encapsulates the essence of life featuring the sounds of nature with taped human voice but also of birds, wind and other nature sounds. The work is performed by the vocal ensemble Ars Nova Copenhagen.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Faroe Islands, this festival offers a unique opportunity to experience contemporary music in an inspiring setting. The festival is organised by the Faroe Islands Composer Society in collaboration with the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM).

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