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5/10/2018
Jacob Groth nominated for The Camille Awards

Jacob has been nominated for an European Film Composer Award, the Camille Award, for Best Score 2017, for his score for Modus (Second Season). The Camille Awards are a set of awards given to composers of exceptional pieces of film and audio-visual music by their peer composers. The ceremony will take place October 20th 2018 in the frame of the International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF) in Pula (Croatia). It is organized jointly by the festival’s organizers and the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA). The Camille Awards honor composers of original music for audio-visual artworks in three categories (“Best Orchestral Score”, “Best Electro-acoustic Score” and “Best Original Music for a Series”). In the first phase, fourteen member-organizations representing composers of music for the audiovisual sector in twelve European countries have submitted outstanding works from their respective region.

28/9/2018
New NIKE ad soundtracked by Dustin O'Halloran

Dustin O'Halloran's 'We Move Lightly' is the featured composition within Nike’s Dream Crazy advertisement, narrated by NFL athlete and humanitarian Colin Kaepernick. Created for the 30th anniversary of the 'Just Do It' campaign, the powerful ad highlights inspirational stories of various athletes succeeding against all odds, including cameos from Serena Williams and LeBron James. For more on Dustin O'Halloran and 'We Move Lightly', read Digital Music News's story about the Nike ad here. Watch here

23/8/2018
40 years of Kattejammer rock

40 years ago children from the Vesterbro Ungdomsgård Youth Club sang their way up the charts and into the hearts of the Danish public. Now these powerful and much loved songs will be performed on stage in a newly written show celebrating the album "Kattejammer rock" as a mirror for the young people of today.

30/7/2018
New a capella version of ‘Yumeji’s Theme’ released

Following the widespread success of Shigeru Umebayashi’s ‘Yumeji’s Theme’ from In The Mood For Love, Umebayashi released a new a cappella version on 13th July. The track has been recorded by The Plum Forest Singers with soprano soloist Grace Davidson https://sc.musicsalescreative.com/#/track/MTU0MzAwNDgtMjVkN2Vk/

24/7/2018
Carnival Youth at The Nordic Arts Festival 2018

On September 14th Carnival Youth will be playing in Schleswig, Germany as part of Norden - The Nordic Arts Festival: Carnival Youth are currently Latvia's most successful indie pop band. So far, they have released three albums and played shows all across Europe, performed at festivals such as Reeperbahn Festival, The Great Escape, SXSW, Sziget, and Eurosonic. In early 2018, they released their single “Love is the Answer” on which the young band, fronted by the brothers Emils and Edgars Kaupers, display their development towards a more mature sound, without abandoning their hit potential. You can look forward to four charming musicians who love to perform. Once they strike up their hit single “Never Have Enough”, their audience will be captivated. https://www.norden-festival.com/en/Home.html

12/6/2018
Jazz by the Sea feat. Blachman/Dahl/Ginman

Carsten Dahl (piano), Thomas Blachman (drums) and Lennart Ginman (bass) will be reunited during Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July. More than any other Danish jazz trio they combine spirituality with fun and traditions with innovation: http://jazz.dk/en/copenhagen-jazz-festival-2018/concerts/52835/

12/6/2018
Zeal & Ardor to play Copenhell 2018

COPENHELL is Denmark's greatest rock and metal festival, which has drawn metal fans from both within and outside the country's borders to Copenhagen since the beginning of 2010. The peninsula called 'Refshaleøen' right in the middle of Copenhagen is the epicenter of these three days of hell on earth, and the raw, industrial surrounds are the perfect background for the brutal decibel bombardment from COPENHELL's three stages. ZEAL & ARDOR (BLACK METAL/GOSPEL, SWI/US) will play Thursday June 21st at Midnight at the PANDÆMONIUM stage https://www.copenhell.dk/zeal-ardor

23/3/2018
Gabriel Yared re-signs to Music Sales

Chester Music has signed a new long-term publishing agreement with Gabriel Yared and has also acquired the back catalogue of scores in his Yad Music and Deva Music companies. Included in this agreement are scores to films such as A Royal Affair, Autumn in New York, Betty Blue, Breaking and Entering, Camille Claudel, Coco Chanel et Igor Stravinsky, Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others) and most recently The Happy Prince, directed and starring Rupert Everett. Yared scored four films with the much-missed director Anthony Minghella; he won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy for his score to The English Patient. In addition he has received two ASCAP awards and has twice been awarded the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music from BAFTA. At the present time he is working with the Canadian director Xavier Dolan (Tom at the Farm, It’s Only the End of the World and the upcoming The Death and Life of John F Donovan). Listen here

2/3/2018
Sebastian to receive the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018

The Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievements in working with Hans Christian Andersen and of contributions to promoting and spreading further knowledge of the Danish national poet in many parts of the world. This work is expressed in the publication of new translations and publications, in many forms of artistic creativity, in philantrophical or educational activities. The Award Ceremony takes place on April 3rd in the poet’s native town of Odense. http://hans-christian-andersen-priskomite.dk/en/

22/2/2018
Music Sales acquires worldwide publishing rights to Julius Eastman catalog

G. Schirmer, Inc., part of The Music Sales Group, announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to composer Julius Eastman’s catalog, including iconic works such as Femenine (1974), Stay on it (1973), and the controversial Nigger Series (1978-1979). The New York Times broke the news earlier today.Eastman has been praised for his fearlessness and originality as a composer, performer and pianist, mostly active in the 1970s and 1980s. An unabashed pride in his race and sexuality defines his artistry, along with his pioneering synthesis of minimalism and improvisation. "What I am trying to achieve is to be what I am to the fullest," Eastman said in 1976. "Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, a homosexual to the fullest." Blurring the boundaries between joy and austerity, his legendary compositions and performances were an extension of the life he led. Eastman tragically fell from the public eye during the final years of his life, plagued by mental illness, drug addiction and homelessness. He died on May 28th, 1990, in Buffalo, NY, and it would be nine months before a proper obituary was published in The Village Voice.Portions of his scattered, forgotten catalog have since been collected by composer Mary Jane Leach, whose archival work precipitated the essential album Unjust Malaise (New World Records, 2005) and book Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman and His Music (2015). These led to a growing awareness of and respect for Eastman and his music."Minimalist Composer Julius Eastman, Dead for 26 Years, Crashes the Canon," wrote The New York Times in 2016. An outpouring of festivals, performances, commercial releases, and publicity continue to intensify Eastman’s fame and celebrate his singular genius: this past month in New York City, The Kitchen presented Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental. Other recent Eastman celebrations include those of the London Contemporary Music Festival, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, and Bowerbird in Philadelphia. Audiences and critics alike are quick to celebrate Eastman’s resurgent body of work, which The New Yorker recently described as "wild, grand, delirious, demonic…an uncontainable personality surging into sound.""Julius’ music profoundly affected both composition and performance since he first came on the scene in the mid-20th century," writes Gerry Eastman, brother of Julius, and accomplished saxophonist. "No one contributed so much to the ever-expanding breadth of musical composition emanating out of the seeds of minimalism which he alone planted. That such a renowned music publisher as G. Schirmer is dedicated to nurture and disseminate my brother’s music is a tremendous honor for him and our entire family and a gift to the public in general.""Publishing Julius Eastman’s catalog represents an opportunity to correct both a social and musicological wrong," said Schirmer President Robert Thompson. "The canon of American contemporary music cannot be considered complete without inclusion of Eastman’s compositions, which until recently have gone largely neglected and unpublished. Now that Julius Eastman’s work has found a home at G. Schirmer, we are eager to facilitate the continued international discovery of this American master. We are deeply grateful to Gerry Eastman and the Eastman estate, and to those dedicated musicians and scholars who have worked tirelessly to bring the genius of Julius Eastman to the public." (Photo by Ron Hammond)

31/1/2018
Premiere on Hodja fra Pjort with theme song by Sebastian

February 8th is the opening night of new Danish animation film "Hodja fra Pjort" feat. Sebastians classic children's song from 1985 as the theme song. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2soWtvneAg

1/11/2017
Philip Glass visits Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark, November 18-19th

Legend, Philip Glass visits Musikhuset Aarhus with an exclusive concert featuring Glass’ compositions for solo piano. The works will be performed by Glass himself and guest pianists Anton Batagov, Aaron Diehl and Maki Namekawa. The concert concludes with the world premiere of Glass’ new work, ’Distant Figure, Passacaglia For Piano’, commissioned specifically for Aarhus 2017 – a piece composed for pianist Anton Bagatov, who will also perform the piece. https://musikhusetaarhus.dk/arrangementer/philip-glass-works-for-piano/ In the 1990s, Glass composed 16 of the etudes, each of which has its own approach to the instrument. After a decade-long break, the last four etudes were written as a commission on the occasion of Glass’ 75th birthday in 2013, where they all premiered. The complete collection of The Etudes is performed as one programme by Philip Glass and four guest pianists. https://musikhusetaarhus.dk/arrangementer/philip-glass-the-complete-piano-etudes/

28/9/2017
Carnival Youth Showcase at MONDO.NYC 2017

The Latvian indie band Carnival Youth is one of the most successful new bands from Europe as endorsed by The European Border Breakers award at Eurosonic 2016. The sound of Carnival Youth blends exciting melodies with the energy of rock – whether it’s a sweet-sounding tune or a danceable hit. Their talent can be felt both on record and at the dynamic live performances. Friday October 6th at 10 pm they will play at Piano Showrrom http://mondo.nyc/

14/9/2017
Konni Kass to play at Vega, Copenhagen

Sjælfuld stemme i et smukt univers af elektronikDynamisk og levende musik er hvad bandet Konni Kass fra Færøerne giver os med et lydunivers bestående af synths og popmelodier - drevet frem af en sjælfuld stemme med kant. Bandet med de fire medlemmer har med deres helt egen tilgang til musikken fået meget opmærksomhed på kort tid. http://vega.dk/event/konni-kass-26134

13/9/2017
Ludovico Einaudi shares the making of ‘Elegy For The Arctic'

One year after creating ‘Elegy for the Arctic,’ Ludovico Einaudi shares the making of his iconic collaboration with Greenpeace. This behind-the-scenes glimpse shows the tremendous effort and care that was taken in creating the video short that affected 4.5 million viewers with its powerful, simple message, and how filming did not entirely go to plan. The footage below shows just how candid ‘Elegy for the Arctic’ was and further drives awareness to the global crisis both Einaudi and Greenpeace strive to convey. Greenpeace reflects on the newly-released footage:"The silence broken by the noise of the glacier as it fell off. Some notes torn from a grand piano floating in a sea of ice. Thus began the shocking video with which master Ludovico Einaudi put the soundtrack to the campaign to save the Arctic. It was recorded in Svalbard, in the Norwegian Arctic, just a year ago and managed to bring the thawing problem closer to millions of people around the world. It was not easy to do, but the result was worth it. Discover how one of the most magical moments was built in this campaign that seeks to protect one of the most threatened corners of the planet and on which we all depend." Einaudi shares his own sentiments: "One year ago I played “Elegy for the Arctic” in support to the campaign for a marine sanctuary in the North Pole’s international waters; One year has passed, “Save the Arctic” is still a global priority. We still need your support." For more information, visit Greenpeace.org and Ludovico Einaudi’s website. Photo by Pedro Armestre) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=IUMog65A-nM

13/9/2017
Manuel Gagneux of Zeal & Ardor signs to Music Sales

Swiss-American musician and songwriter Manuel Gagneux has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Music Sales. Manuel is the mastermind behind Zeal & Ardor, the avant-garde metal, blues and spiritual musical project whose debut album Devil Is Fine was released earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim. "Nothing released this year is as strange, inscrutable or wonderful," extolled Rolling Stone, hailing the debut album as "a dream world of infinite possibilities." In addition to his work with Zeal & Ardor, Manuel has been releasing chamber pop music under the alias Birdmasksince 2013.Listen to Devil Is Fine here and follow Zeal & Ardor to stay up-to-date.

13/9/2017
Music Sales acquires worldwide publishing rights to Vernon Duke catalog

Music Sales Corporation, Inc. announces it has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to Vernon Duke’s catalog, including the Great American Songbook gems “April in Paris”, “Autumn In New York”, and “Taking a Chance on Love” - the latter from the Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky (1940). Known for his integral contributions to the Great American Songbook, Vernon Duke was also a highly respected classical composer - composing for both orchestra and ballet under his birth name, Vladimir Dukelsky. The Russian-born composer collaborated with many musical luminaries including George and Ira Gershwin, George Balanchine, Sergei Prokofiev and Serge Koussevitzky. “We’re very honored to have the opportunity to bring the two worlds of Vernon Duke together under one roof,” said G. Schirmer/AMP/Music Sales President Robert Thompson. “Duke’s contribution to the Great American Songbook is legendary, and the depth of his compositional output … from popular songs, musicals, orchestral works and ballets … is remarkable. I’d like to particularly thank Kay Duke Ingalls, widow of Vernon Duke, for her invaluable guidance and expertise.” Hear Billie Holiday performing Vernon Duke's "Autumn in New York" below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=NO2Ij1eO-GQ

21/8/2017
Philip Glass Remixes by Kummerspeck

Philip Glass is widely regarded as one of the most influential composers of his generation, having a repertoire spanning film, TV, theatre, opera, dance, orchestras and solo works. He has amassed over 100 soundtrack credits to his name, including “The Hours”, “Notes On A Scandal”, “The Truman Show” and “Fantastic Four”. His work has netted him a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, along with three Academy Award nominations. Glass has now had some of his most renowned compositions remixed by Kummerspeck on his latest release “Cinematix”. Taking inspiration from his realisation that much of today’s film, TV and advertising music has been inspired by Glass’ works, Kummerspeck came up with the idea to play Glass’ original sheet music with electronic instruments, thereby giving his works a fresh, cinematic sound while staying true to the original works. The result is a collection of riveting, epic tracks that are genuine rather than derivative and perfect for trailers & promos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BNnfYJiJsU

10/8/2017
New chamber opera by Louise Alenius

The world premiere of a work that invites the audience into a dysfunctional family. A grippingly hushed affair awaits when Silent Zone – Louise Alenius’s newly composed chamber opera – invites the audience into a dysfunctional family. A taboo-ridden event has robbed the daughter of the house of her language, prompting her brother to investigate the past on their shared behalf. Louise wrote her libretto after gathering statements from people who have had abuse up-close – and know how difficult it is to break a taboo once it’s settled in the walls, in the family, in the body. Photo credit: Olafur Steinar Gestsson / CPH Opera Festival

10/8/2017
Hans Abrahamsen and Bryce Dessner at Haven Festival

Hans Abrahamsen is one of the greatest living Danish composers. His magnum opus, 'Schnee', will be performed in association with Copenhagen Contemporary on Saturday 12 August at midday. Acting as a satellite stage for HAVEN, the gallery will open its doors to festival-goers for the event entitled 'Snow in Summer', in which the large unadorned halls will be the venue for a performance of Abrahamsen’s masterpiece presented by Crash Ensemble and directed by Alan Pierson. 'Schnee' has generated excitement throughout the music world, not least with Bryce Dessner from The National, who will join with Abrahamsen after the concert to discuss the work and the contemporary classical world in general. http://www.musicsalesclassical.com/composer/work/1/34990#

13/7/2017
'Never Have Enough' on Spotify playlist: Feel Good Indie Rock

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX2sUQwD7tbmL

2/6/2017
Carnival Youth at Indie Music Week in NYC

Carnival Youth will showcase their talent in NYC at Indie Music Week. Pianos, 7th of June at 7:30 PM https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/05/consequence-of-sound-to-present-the-reeperbahn-festival-during-nycs-indie-week/

22/5/2017
Fallulah to play Roskilde Festival

Prepare for something special. Under the HUN SOLO name, five women get together to play solo shows http://www.roskilde-festival.dk/music/2017/hun-solo?view=poster

3/5/2017
Porøset #7 by Louise Alenius at the Royal Danish Theatre

One single person in the audience at a time. 60 sold out performances during three days. It's time for Louise Alenius to perform her 7th version of Porøset at the Royal Danish Theatre on May 19-21.

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