Four new songs by Chinese composers will be premiered at a concert at the RDAM Studio Hall on 26 November 2020. These songs form part of the programme of the concert Chinese Timbres, which features music related to Chinese culture.
These songs have been commissioned by Music Confucius Institute, and have been composed by four composers specially selected by Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) to participate in this project. This collaboration is one of many joint high-level cooperation projects between The Royal Danish Academy of Music and Central Conservatory of Music, and builds upon established and long-term cooperation in the voice and composition departments. Earlier collaborations in these departments include mutual visits and masterclasses at both institutions, as well as regular participation of composers from CCOM at RDAM’s new music festival, PULSAR.
The RDAM students specially selected to participate in this project are: Hedvig Stenstedt (Sweden), Zhou Ni (China) and Josefine Weber Hansen (Denmark). Eva Hess Thaysen, Associate Professor of Voice and Head of Studies describes the four songs, which are all inspired by Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, as a wonderful merger of Danish and Chinese culture, and adds that these songs also give vocal students an opportunity to enrich their own repertoire through the addition of an international and multicultural dimension.
Another highlight of the concert will be three songs by the Danish singer-songwriter Randi Laubek. These songs combine Randi’s own musical background and artistic influences with inspiration from the sound universe of Chinese string instruments. The concert will also feature the debut performance of a new ensemble formed by Associate Professor Jesper Sivebæk that features music created through improvisatory creative processes.