DUO is a three-year project for new contemporary music, created and led by Anna Jalving in collaboration with AUT - Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere.
The intention of the project is to investigate the duo format from the point of view of the music by inviting composers and instrumentalistsinto a joint creative process.
DUO I - a new sense of freedom
With the concert project DUO I Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere - AUT presents the
audience for newly written music for two violins.
In DUO I two violinists and two composers will investigate the story of what a duo is and what it can be through the universal musical language.
With elements of past musical currents, the 'new' is explored in classical / improvised music.
Musicians and composers will be introduced into a unique working process where everything can be done and the boundaries are defined by the contributors. This is a study of what two musicians and two composers can create together while studying 'creating' and perhaps reaching a new understanding of the concept.
"It has been a necessity for me to create an artistic space where instrumentalists and composers can meet each other as equals in the creative process.
The new contemporary music does not only belong to the composers, but also the musicians who play the works.
It is in this process of sharing and creation that we can really move things!"
- Anna Jalving
DUO I focused on the two violinists Sofie Thorsbro Dan and Anna Jalving and
composers Adam McCartney and Karl Naëgelen.
Between improvisation and composition, instrumentalists and composers created a concert that examined the unique sound of the historical instruments.
"This piece, born in Aarhus, represents for me a new stage of sound story woven with the city of Aarhus and the wonderful musicians with whom I had the chance to work with ..." - Karl Naëgelen
Sofie Thorsbro Dan (Denmark) - Violin
The Danish violinist Sofie Thorsbro Dan is educated at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark with Emile Cantor and Michelle Makarski, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna with Ernst Kovacic and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, where she graduated with a graduate degree in Performance Pratice in Contemporary Music with Klangforum Wien in 2015. Sofie is living in Berlin and is active in The Black Page Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Alumni.
Anna Jalving (Denmark) - Violin
Anna is educated at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark and The Vancouver Music Conservatory in Vancouver with Michelle Makarski, Robert Rozek and MoYi.
She finished her Masters in classical violin in 2016 and has since been active in both classical and contemporary music. Anna has worked with composers like Simon Steen-Andersen, François Sarhan, Allan Gravgaard Madsen and Line Tjørnhøj and with artistic collectives like - Operative Mass Actions, Ensemble PEGASUS, Duo Cyving and Duo Sakham / Jalving. Anna is a resident of Aarhus, where she is a board member of the organisation Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere - AUT.
Adam McCartney (Ireland) - Composition
Adam composes based on the fact that sound is not only the individual experience of a physical process, but something that works on the borderland for an abstract experience.
Adam completed his Master's of Arts Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria in 2016, where he studied composition with Klaus Lang,
John Godfrey and Bernhard Lang.
Karl Naëgelen (France) - Composition
Karl is educated from the Conservatory of Lyon, France and Hamburg, Germany, where he studied composition with François Roux, Pascal Hempel and Georges Aperghis.
Karl found an early interest in working on the boundary between composition and improvisation.
His music is based on improvisation to create material and a sound world, from which his compositional shapes and structures lead the music to higher stages.
He has written works for the symphony orchestra in Lyon and Lille and is currently working on a project with the opera in Rouen.
He is also the co-founder of the Fenêtre Oval ensemble, writing the music in close collaboration with improvising musicians.
Aarhus Unge Tonekunstnere - AUT creates and curates artistic projects that focus on developing Aarhus' environment around new music and performance. AUT creates intimate and relaxed concerts and cross-genre cultural events, that also foster open dialogue, exchange and networking.
We want to emphasise the audience’s role in the adventure, and our regular events provide our members and the public with oppurtunities to hear new music in such diverse places as the comfort of a private living room, under a railway bridge on the outskirts of the city, or at one of the more traditional cultural venues in Aarhus.
DUO I is realized with kind supported from