“SCENATET’s dedication to every aspect of performance is what makes them a superlative new music ensemble. Both the interpretation of the music and the overall visual aesthetic of the performance made for an engaging evening that challenged expectations of the everyday and allowed the audience to extrapolate the extraordinary from the ordinary.”
The online new music blog I Care f You Listen visited SCENATET’s concert at SPOR festival in Aarhus and sends big a applause. The concert took place at Godsbanen Aabne Scene 12th May and the program was as follows:
Christian Winther Christensen, Chorale, 2017 (Danish Premiere)
Matthew Rogers, Weep at the Elastic as it Stretches: an adaptation of N.F. Simpson’s Prayer, 2017 (Danish Premiere)
Jagoda Szmytka, sky-me, type-me, 2011
Photo: Frederikke Hoeijmans
The Danish newspaper Politiken and the online music journal Seismograf took part of the performance of Blik for Blik at Pakhus11 and the radio program AK 24/7 talked to Niels Rønsholdt about his work.
The critic from Seismograf, Mathias Monrad Møller, describes his experience this way:
“We are pretty excited, actually. It has been an utterly unique, intimate and fascinating experience. Rønsholdt and his team have taken a lot of risks by breaking with common formats and by letting the audience become such a big part of the piece. It is especially the well thought-through and unusually creative experimentations with musical theatre that makes ‘Blik for Blik’ such a special experience.”
Read the full review here: Forskellige virkeligheder (Seimograf 23.03.2017 – in Danish)
Politiken’s Henrik Friis gave Blik for Blik 5 out of 6 hearts with the words:
“I left the performance hall with a mixture of amazement and enthusiasm. ‘Blik for Blik’ was truly different and succesfull. Maybe like a slow meditative mix of traditional Japanese noh-theatre, great Danish circle pedagogy – where everyone has to sing along – and curious minimalistic avant-garde”
In the same article, Friis also reviewed the new opera app Breathless Moment by Rønsholdt & Kleist. It received 4 out of 6 hearts.
Read the review here: Smuk operapatos til gør det selv-folket (Politiken 20.03.2017 – in Danish).
March 18th Niels Rønsholdt was a guest in the culture program AK 24/7 on Radio 24/7. In the program Rønsholdts earlier piece Me Quitte is the main focus of the conversation. Me Quitte was recorded by SCENATET, Niels Rønsholdt and the singer Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð and released in May 2016.
Listen to the program here: Ugens Sølvkorn: Bøgers lugt, stilleleg og baglæns opera
(Ak 24/7 18.03.2017 – in Danish).
Photo: Marc Fluri
SCENATET joined forces with Curious Chamber Players, Ensemble Adapter and Nordic Affect to form EnsembleOrchestra. The first performance of this super ensemble took place at Nordic Music Days 2016 – an extensive programme featuring no less than 14 pieces.
The critic from Neue Zeitschrift für Musik wrote: In the extensive finale 14 composers demonstrated once again the great variety in contemporary music from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
SCENATET performed at the debut concert of the talented young composer Martin Stauning, when he graduated from The Royal Danish Music Academy in October 2016.
The critic from Politiken wrote: “Ever so great was ‘Verdorrte Räume’, letting an ensemble of ten musicians work like a whole music factory until closing time. And after that, we got the chance to stay and experience the magic in the factory at night.”
Read the whole review here:
Nyuddannet komponist skabte rum, usikkerhed og skønhed. (Politiken 07.10.2016) (in Danish)
Read an interview with Martin Stauning:
“Vi bliver nogle sære starutter”. (Seismograf 29.09.2016) (in Danish)
In May 2016 Niels Rønsholdt’s song cycle Me Quitte was released on CD, with SCENATET, the composer himself, and the singer Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð.
The online music journal Seismograf writes about the recording: “The instruments superbly played by musicians of SCENATET accompanies the lament of the voices, and with this accompaniment, the composer dives deep into the pool of gloomy klichés: triad triplets in minor from the piano, pendulating chords from the guitar, melancholic vibrato melodies from the strings.”
The Danish Newspaper Information writes:
Me Quitte is the bearer of a rare beauty. “With the gibberish of inversion it speaks directly to the soul. Sends small grey arrows into the heart. Into solar plexus. It pierces our conception, and it leaves us both cleansed and confused.”
The German music blog nordische-musik.de also listened to Rønsholdt’s song cycle and in a five star review they write: “SCENATET interprets Rønsholdt’s composition in a superb and evocative way with a shimmering play between tradition and innovation.”
“The songs are described as lovesongs from hell but don’t let that scare you off. Me Quitte is everything but difficult avant-garde art. Quite the opposite it is emotional, fragile, moving, dreamy and yes – even charming.”
Here you can read the full reviews:
Klog musik til knuste hjerter (Seismograf 09.06.2016) (In Danish)
Niels Rønsholdt (nordische-musik.de 2016) (In German)
Duel mellem skønhed og undergang (Information 04.11.2016) (In Danish)
SCENATET is recognized as one of the most innovative and experimental ensembles for music and art in the Nordic countries. The ensemble moves in a cross-genre field of music, drama and happenings to areas with yet undefined genre.