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)
In May 2016 SCENATET went on stage to open SPOR festival with a programme including two significant premieres and three Danish premieres.
The critic from Aarhus Stiftstidende wrote: “With the always curious ensemble SCENATET as an ally, the five pieces of the opening concert at Granhøj Dans didn’t press the button of nostalgia but fast forward”
Seimograf’s reporter wrote: “Alexander Schubert’s Hello (2014) shows how effectful it can be, when the composer steps forward on the screen in pre-produced sequences and bosses the musicians around on stage. ”Wow” you think during the hectic editing.”
In November 2015 SCENATET performed L’Nfer, an except from François Sarhan’s 12 hour long work Ephemère enchainé (2014) at Théâtre National de Toulouse in Toulose.
The music journal Anaclase writes about the concert: “No pastiches or quotes are missing in this collage that renews – without trying to imitate – the legacy of Berio, and blurs the conventional borders of genres like hierarchies between intellectual and popular. By this, Ensemble SCENATET proves an admirable virtuosity.”
Here you can read reviews of the concert:
L’Nfer (un point de détail) soirée pop’art de François Sarhan (Anaclase, november 2016) (In French)
SCENATET is a young Copenhagen-based experimental ensemble, founded by Anna Berit Asp Christensen in 2008. The ensemble works in a field between contemporary music and conceptual art, often with a surprisingly non-instrumental, sensuous and bodily approach to exploring the relation between music, art and people.