ONLY CONNECT FESTIVAL OF SOUND 2017
Kristine Tjøgersen + Arditti Quartet
Kristine Tjøgersen (asamisimasa, Ensemble neoN) is a clarinetist and young composer. The piece Mistérios do Corpo is especially written for the acclaimed Arditti Quartet, premiering at Only Connect 2017. The work is a tribute to the Brazilian jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal, who has created a piece by the same name where he literally uses his body as an instrument.
Tjøgersen’s Travelling Light 2 was premiered at last year’s Only Connect festival, performed by Ensemble neoN. She often uses video in her pieces or as inspiration in the work process, something that represents an exciting turn in contemporary composing, in much the same way as composer Jennifer Walshe, who will also have a piece performed by Arditti at the festival.
The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974, by pioneers such as John Cage, Elliott Carter, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis. Many of these works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. The ensemble believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore attempts to work with every composer it plays. With a self-proclaimed mission of "attacking the future" they currently cooperate with radical composers. The Arditti Quartet is: Irvine Arditti, Ashot Sarkissjan (vlns), Ralf Ehlers (vla), Lucas Fels (vc).
Kristine Tjøgersen (1982) has a masters in clarinet from the Norwegian Academy of Music where she studied with Hans Christian Bræin. Currently she takes a master in composition with Carola Bauckholt at Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria. She works as a freelance clarinetist and composer, and plays in the Grammy-winning contemporary music ensembles asamisimasa and Ensemble neoN, as well as Tøyen Fil og Klafferi. She has premiered numerous works at festivals in Europe and has collaborated with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Alvin Lucier, Øyvind Torvund and Mathias Spahlinger. Her compositions have been performed on several of the greatest contemporary music festivals in Scandinavia. In addition to concert music she has composed music for theater, film and installations.