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13:15 Panel discussion
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- 19.09

© photo by: Diana Rotaru
George Kentros
This Violin Must Die

27.08 19:00 Elektriteater | EVENT IS CANCELLED!

[ sound --> lecture, performance -> installation ]

This Violin Must Die is an immersive lecture performance that reflects on the ecology and economy of instrumental performance and the concept of musical work. The sounding piece was developed as a collaboration between the violinist George Kentros and the composer/programmer Fredrik Olofsson, and consists of the sounds of a violin falling apart, played by a violinist. It refers to the relationship between new and old technologies, stress points between analogue and digital sounds, and the ways that industrialisation affects music. It reflects on why there are so many violins. And whether there should be so many. But above all, it is a work of music where you can get closer to the actual instrument than you have before, closer perhaps than you ever wanted to.

Lecture part in English.

The experimental violinist George Kentros studied at Yale University and the Mannes School of Music in the US as well as at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm. He has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, and sometime actor across Europe as well as in North and Central America, Japan, and Oceania, primarily with the new music ensemble “the peärls before swïne experience” and the electronic duo “there are no more four seasons”. He has specialized in the newest of art music, and has to date commissioned more than 200 works from composers from 21 countries, receiving prizes in contemporary interpretation from the Society of Swedish Composers, Edition Reimers, and The Nordic Composers Council. He also founded the avantgarde art club SEKT, which was a pioneer in the realm of genre crossing alternative art expressions, and has since been on the boards of various arts political societies as well as the festival Sound of Stockholm and the International Society of Contemporary Music. In 2004 he was named one of Sweden’s 24 ”Arts idols” by the afternoon paper Expressen. 

During the past few years, he has enjoyed a 5 year grant from the Swedish Artist Council and been a research fellow at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm (Mejan). Apart from giving master classes and lectures at schools from Sweden to Japan and New Zealand, he has also been a teacher of ”Contemporary musical practice” at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm as part of the Copeco program, a European Union masters program for composer-performers. In 2018 he was elected to the presidential council of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM), a position he still holds. In his capacity of chairperson for the Swedish section of ISCM, he is also the publisher of the periodical Nutida Musik. 

More at georgekentros.com