Our four international curators
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. We believe that this will strengthen us as a festival, and we also believe this will help us broaden the view on what sounding art can be. Our four international curators are:
Anna Berit Asp Christensen, artistic director of the SPOR Festival in Denmark
Anna Berit Asp Christensen is an artist and curator rooted in both classical and new music. Her activities are based on her past as a classically trained musician and related to comprehensive work on the theory and dissemination of music. Her practice is characterised by an investigation of the potential of experimental art music as well as its position on the contemporary art scene. Typical of her work is her ability to compose meetings, between musical genres as well as to get music to cohere as a unified genre compared to other art genres. Anna Berit is the Co-Artistic Director of Aarhus based festival SPOR and for the contemporary music ensemble Scenatet.
Joost Fonteyne, artistic director of the concert and festival organisation Wilde Westen in Belgium
Joost Fonteyne started to work at arts centre Limelight in 1988. In 1996 he founded the new music festival Happy New Ears. From 1999 onwards the festival incorporated sound art in its program, first with exhibitions titled Audioframes and later the project Klinkende Stad gave a yearly selection of internationally acclaimed sound art projects. Happy New Ears was ended in 2009 and in 2010 Joost founded and became the Artistic Director of the Flanders Festival Kortrijk in which sound art still holds an important place. Besides concerts, every year the festival presents sound art exhibitions. The festival also started a collection of sound walks under the title Listen to This. Joost is the Director of the concert and festival organizer Wilde Westen.
Lauren Pratt from Redcat in Los Angeles, USA
Lauren Pratt is the CalArts Producer for Music at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre) in downtown Los Angeles, and an in-house producer for many CalArts music events including the Wild Beast Concert Series. She coordinates the Music/Work program in the Herb Alpert School of Music, which provides individual advising for students and alumni, and work experience through: independent study and internships, access to industry professionals, the CalArts Music Source booking agency, the Student Music Producer program, and the CalArts Soundstream Showcase at the Troubadour. Executor of the James Tenney Estate, she recently helped coordinate the world premiere performance of Tenney’s Changes: 64 Studies for 6 Harps in Los Angeles, and will be producing its studio recording for release in 2018. She is co-editor of Tenney’s collection of essays From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory.
Peter Burton, artistic director of the Suoni Per Il Popolo festival in Montreal, Canada
Peter Burton is executive director of the Suoni Per Il Popolo, a leading experimental and avant-garde music festival which is based in Montréal, Québec. The festival presents over one hundred and forty concerts and workshops annually by artists playing in a variety of styles such as new music, free jazz, free improv, avant rock, avant folk, noise, sound art, and electronic.
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.