Posts by Dag Rosenqvist

THANK YOU!

The 2018 festival is since a few weeks over, and we can’t even begin to express the gratitude we feel! This year’s festival has been a massive success in so many ways.

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The festival week ahead

The festival is officially on!
During the past weekend we’ve been able to enjoy the Gothenburg Symphony being remixed by Norwegian artists Rakel Nystabakk and Eirik Ask, the mind blowing music collective Siwan who brought us on a beautiful musical journey and American ensemble Dog Star Orchestra who gave us the most delicate microtonal minimalism. Göteborg Sounds was a tour de force of contemporary music, noise, improvisation and wind music at Kronhuset in Gothenburg. And to round off the weekend, electro-acoustic titan Carl Michael von Hausswolff did a mind-bending set at 3:e Våningen and contemporary ensemble Gageego! dove head first into spectral exploratory music at Stenhammarsalen. But we still have a full-on festival week ahead of us. Have a look at the program below!

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Concerts in public space

Music is often relegated to enclosed buildings, building that come with their own connotations on how you’re supposed to experience the music that is being presented. But what happens when you move the concerts out of the concert halls and into more or less public spaces?

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Göteborg Sounds 2018

To a large extent, Göteborg Art Sounds is an international festival. And we love being able to present interesting artists from all over the world. But we shouldn’t forget all the amazing music that is being created and presented in Gothenburg. Göteborg Sounds is our way of re-directing the spotlights, and showcase what’s actually happening in our own city.

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The sounds of young Norway

Over the last decades Norway has become one of the more interesting countries when it comes to new experimental music. The music that has emerged is something that often combines seemingly disparate genres, marrying electronica with free improvisation and minimalism, often with hints of traditional folk melodies.

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Working with the next generation

During the 2016 edition of the festival, we started a collaboration with Askim-Frölunda-Högsbo Kulturskola, introducing their students to contemporary music during the two-day workshop Sound & Beat, lead by Danish musicians Lisbeth Diers (percussion) and Kasper Bai (guitar).

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Our four international curators

Since a few years back, we are part of several international festival networks, consisting of artistic directors and curators. In order to address issues regarding the role of art in a rapidly changing world – and as a way of changing the way we program and what the festival is and can be – for the 2018 edition of the festival we have chosen to collaborate with four international guest curators, who’ve all helped shape this year’s festival program.

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