Andreas Lindahl, Photo: Anna Hult
Photo: Anna Hult

Andreas Lindahl – our guide through the festival

Andreas Lindahl – our guide through the festival

Photo: Anna Hult

During this rather special edition of the festival, where the majority of the participating artists are spread out across the world, we wanted to make sure that our audience feel well taken care of. And we also wanted to treat them to something extra, outside of the regular (or not so regular really) concerts.

We asked Andreas Lindahl if he wanted to join us in giving this edition of the festival a more personal framework. Andreas is a musician and journalist who works as Orchestra Manager for the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Lindahl studied classical music at the University of Gothenburg, and worked as a viola player in several Swedish orchestras. He is an author and worked for almost 20 years as a journalist, presenter, and classical music expert at Sveriges Radio. In 2019 he joined the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra where he now hosts GSOplay:

We asked Andreas to share some thoughts on the upcoming festival and his part in it.

Q: What’s your role during this year’s quite special edition of the GAS Festival?
A: My role is to be the link between the artists and the audience. It’s a real privilege to be a part of the festival and connect with amazing people all over the globe.

Q: From your viewpoint, what are the benefits – and the difficulties – of working with a, to a large extent, digital program?
A: My feeling is that technology in a way brings us even closer to the artists, even though we are very far apart. People are more relaxed in their own kitchens, perhaps more open. On the other hand, we are in actuality trying to create the feeling you get on stage. I think the festival program that our artistic managers have created is a really interesting one, taking advantage of the digital possibilities at hand.

Q: What are you most looking forward to during the festival?
A: I’m looking forward to the Opening Concert, to see if everything works as planned and to witness the new works created under these very special circumstances. It’s difficult to know exactly how the new works will turn out and that’s what makes it so exciting!

Andreas will conduct Q&A’s with all three participating artists during the Opening Concert on Sunday October 11th, as well as with GAS curators Cathie Boyd from Cryptic in Glasgow and David Dacks from The Music Gallery in Toronto. He has also interviewed artists Maria W Horn, Diamanda La Berge Dramm, Anders Hagberg, Lena Willemark, Per Buhre from Utomjordiska, Anders Lind and Cat Hope about the project Telematic Performance and our curator Bert Palinckx from November Music in The Netherlands.

The GAS 2020 online program will be available over at our YouTube channel:

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Since 2011, Dag is one of three the co-owners of Gothenburg based production company Producentbyrån. Producentbyrån is a team of producers and project managers working with various artists, companies, festivals, conferences and projects in performing arts, both in Sweden and internationally. Dag has a background as a sound technician and also works as a composer and musician for separate works, film and performing arts productions. Dag works with the GAS-Festival’s communication and graphic design.