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Hans Ek, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Elefantöra & Gageego!
BEATS, SOUNDS AND STRINGS
2022/06/10 @ 19:30 – 20:45
Conductor and composer Hans Ek joins forces with ShareMusic & Performing Arts ensemble Elefantöra, contemporary music specialists Gageego! and the strings of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. The result is a sound experience born of a vision of inclusion and equality. You can’t label this music, it’s floating freely in the borderland between electronica and art music.
BEATS, SOUNDS AND STRINGS is a shape-shifting musical journey, consisting of a completely new work by Hans Ek commissioned by ShareMusic & Performing Arts – side by side with arrangements / re-mixes of music by, among others, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno and Claude Vivier in arrangement by Hans Ek. All this together with the string sections of Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. The electronic world and instruments of Elefantöra merge with Gageego’s acoustic presence, and any differences are blurred by the almost electronic sound of the strings.
In this collaboration, Hans Ek has created a new work by building directly on layers of beats created by Elefantöra. The base is a sampling library that Elefantöra in turn har created in collaboration with Gageego !. The vision of an inclusive and equal world is the core of music. We meet in the borderland between electronica and art music – at the crossroads where all the beaty is born.
ShareMusic’s vision is based on everyones right to express themselves artistically in a world where our differences are seen as valuable. Their work is based on human rights and the equal value of all human beings, especially people with disabilities. This musical collaboration pays homage to the beauty that is created where different perspectives meet.
In the words of Hans Ek
The project has started unconditionally and with equal emphasis on acoustic and electronic expressions. It will be both ambient and rhythmic. This is what the composer himself says:
–That feeling you can get when you watch a movie without knowing what it is – you just get into something and get swept away by it. You get on the ride and trust it somehow, and just experience it. I always hope for that kind of listening with the audience. And here, there are good preconditions for that.
This is not Hans Ek’s first cross-border project. The list of exciting collaborations is long: Zara Larsson, Laleh, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (of ABBA), Veronica Maggio, Ane Brun, Renée Fleming, Michael Nyman, Metropole Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Phil and many more.
Hans worked for 10 years worked as the artistic director of Polar Music Prize. In recent years, Hans Ek’s own productions have been heard frequently both in Sweden and abroad. An example of this is E.S.T. Symphony, Bowie in Berlin, Eno remixed for orchestra, Chelsea Hotel, Kosmische Musik, Made by Björk, Studio 54-Disco Inferno and Dance Music Symphony.
And now another adventure awaits. You are invited.
Read the full interview with Hans Ek on ShareMusic’s website! Hans Ek will also present his thoughts in connection with the concert in Helsingborg.
The event kicks off on June 10 at Tryckeriet, where visitors are invited to a hypnotic, rhythm-laden but also ambient sound journey. The concert is part of H22 City Expo and tickets are free, but must be reserved online.
Ek Beats Sounds and Strings / Original Performance
Kraftwerk Franz Schubert
Moon Dog New Amsterdam
Vivier Pulau Dewata
Pärt Silouans Song
Eno Emerald and Lime
Kraftwerk Franz Schubert
Ek Beats Sounds and Strings (Part 1 2 3)