PULSAR 2019 festival


6-14 March 2019 "TRANSLATE" - 9 days of concerts, performances and installations

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If music were a language, it must be a translation. Music is said to be the language of emotions, a translation of – originally – soundless phenomena from our inner world. But can music also be a translation of other phenomena, such as nature, silence, spoken language, gestures, other translations and sound phenomena (morse code), living images, other artistic expressions, the lives of ants, big data ……

Translate/translation from Latin translatio [≈metaphor], the noun form of transfero [to transfer]

Traduire/transduction from Latin traductio [≈figure of speech], the noun form of traduco [to lead across]

PULSAR 2019 asks what it is that new music translates.

Morse code is intrinsically a translation, morse is communication, but also rhythm and music. This connection is explored in the project ON/OFF. Can this technologically primitive method of communication be seen as a parallel to the revival of the LPs and cassette tapes within the field of music? Amateur radio operators in live contexts, mimes, dancers, performers, and musicians are integrated in installations and musical works at two ON/OFF events, the opening concert on Thursday 7 March, and the concert and related activities on Saturday 9 March. The tower of the radio house will function as a landmark for PULSAR 2019. During the festival, it will beam blinking signals in morse code as a luminous musical work.

PULSAR 2019 celebrates the publishing of a biography of the composer Else Marie Pade (release reception on 11 March). She is known as a pioneer of electronic music. But PULSAR will focus on her lesser-known work as an instrumental composer and creator of works that combine instrumental and electronic forms of expression.

The debut concert of percussionist Tomek Szczepaniak is integrated into PULSAR 2019. The programme includes Simon Steen-Andersen’s Black Box Music, which incorporates puppetry and video. The percussionist seemingly takes on the role of the conductor and ‘translates’ the musical events, but it gradually becomes a deconstruction of both the role of the conductor and the theatrical elements.

The DNA of PULSAR comprises works composed by young composers from the conservatory and performed by the vocal and instrumental students from the conservatory. PULSAR 2019 is organised in cooperation with the Schools of Visual Arts at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, and with performance artist and director Helle Fuglsang in the project ON/OFF.