ØSTERSJØFESTIVALEN, STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITET OG VOKSENÅSEN MUSIKKAKADEMIER OG FORMAS HAR VALGT SEKS KOMPONISTORER OG SEKS FORSKERE TIL EN NY RUNDE MED ØSTERSJØFESTIVALEN VITENSKAPLAB.

Seks komponister og seks forskere er valgt ut til å delta i 2024-utgaven av Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab. Sammen med regissør Elisabet Ljungar lager forskerne og komponistene verk som kombinerer Østersjørelatert forskning med spesialkomponert musikk. Årets temaer er levedyktighet og sirkularitet. Forskningen som presenteres dreier seg om nye visjoner og innovasjoner og hvordan samfunnet kan endre seg fra lineære til sirkulære systemer.

De spesialskrevne verkene fremføres under Østersjøfestivalen av musikere fra Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester sammen med forskerne selv. Håpet er at både publikum og deltakere skal berikes med nye perspektiver på musikkens kommunikative kraft samt ny innsikt og nysgjerrighet rundt forskning utført i Østersjøregionen.

“Vi hadde en visjon om hvordan Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab ville bli for årets festival. Resultatet levde opp til forventningene: Publikum fikk oppleve et helt nytt scenekunstkonsept der forskerne ble utfordret til å gjøre sin forskning tilgjengelig i harmoni med musikken og komponistene skapte musikk basert på forskningstemaer som kan bidra til et mer bærekraftig miljø , sier Emma Nyberg, prosjektleder for Østersjøfestivalen.

Forskerne som deltar er doktorgradsstudenter eller postdoktorer som jobber i et av landene rundt Østersjøen. Forskningen skal kunne anvendes på Østersjøregionen og dens fremtidige utfordringer. Forskerne er oppnevnt av Institutt for miljøvitenskap ved Stockholms universitet og Formas. Komponistene går siste året på utdanningen eller har allerede en mastergrad i komposisjon, og er valgt ut av Voksenåsen Musikkakademier. Regissøren er til stede i hele den kreative prosessen, for forskerne med å få frem de viktige poengene i forelesningene og med den verbale fremføringen, for komponistene med å styrke det musikalske uttrykket og binde forestillingen sammen til en helhet.

KOMPONISTENE

Otto Nuoranne

Sibelius Academy

“It’s exciting when, as a composer, you get to step out of the sandbox of music and use your craft to communicate and collaborate with other forms of art or thought. I’m greatly looking forward to learning, making new connections, and sharing the whole experience with others this coming August. See you in Stockholm!”


Luis Fernando Amaya

Norges Musikkhøgskole

“As a composer, I rarely find inspiration in musical or artistic matters. Rather, the world around me and the beings who inhabit it have always fascinated me and often make their way into my creative processes, one way or another. Collaborating with a researcher, especially one focused on ecology, immediately caught my interest. I’m genuinely looking forward to learning from and finding inspiration in the works of composers and researchers across the Baltic Region. I’m excited to explore how my music and perspective can contribute to their endeavours.”


Pietari Kaasinen

Alumn, Kungliga musikhögkolan

“Applying to the programme felt like a natural continuation of what I have been occupied with in my creative work recently – dealing with musical depictions of ecological themes, often in interdisciplinary settings. I am very much looking forward to learning more about communicating topical concepts through music and performance.”


Agita Reke

Institute of Sonology, Haag

”This project intrigued me and I felt curiosity to create music through a collaboration with a researcher. As a composer and sound artist I believe that raising awareness about Baltic Sea issues and protecting nature in general is important. I am excited to see what possibilities this collaboration holds!”


Dominik Puk

Alumn, Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, Poland

”I am deeply convinced that music is a way and means (and sometimes an obligation) of transmitting knowledge, experiences, beliefs and will. Especially about the most important things – a sustainable society is certainly one of them. It is a great privilege and honor to be able to join the team. Thing which I am most looking forward to is a cooperation with a researcher, which may lead to amazing new areas of meeting art and science.”


Philip Dutton

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK

”I am so excited to be joining this year’s Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab 2024.  I look forward to collaborating with a researcher to see how we can both combine both our interests and passions into one theatrical composition.”


FORSKERNE

ÅSA CALLMER

Forsker, Örebro universitet

”I believe that music can engage our emotions and help us to better understand complex interconnections – something that we urgently need to address the world’s sustainability challenges. The Science Lab makes it possible to communicate my research to a wider audience in new and engaging ways. I feel very inspired about this collaborative and creative process, and I am excited to see what will happen when music and science blend together!”


Greta Gyraitė

Forsker, Klaipėda universitet/Vilnius universitet

”Music and its pitch, rhythm, and structure are full of meaning; they help to develop a context for verbal understanding. Therefore, through my involvement in the Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab, I expect to engage and connect with a broader audience, effectively conveying complex scientific concepts related to emerging diseases in the Baltic Sea by utilizing music as a universal language and a powerful tool in science communication.”


Robin Bonné

Forsker, Århus universitet

”About 10 years ago in Aarhus, a microbe was discovered that made us rewrite our biology textbooks: cable bacteria. These creatures conducts electricity just like an electric wire, in the mud of the Baltic Sea and beyond. Like many researchers working with cable bacteria, I fell in love with these unique lifeforms and want to share their story with the world. Having a personal passion for music and science communication, I’m thrilled that cable bacteria will soon be able to listen to their own song.”


Natasja Börjeson

Forsker, Stockholms universitet

”By participating in the Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab I hope to contribute with a small piece of knowledge on the challenge of reaching a Baltic Sea that is unaffected by hazardous substances from human activities. I also hope to be inspired, find new ways of thinking and to meet a new audience.”


Isolde Puts

Forsker, Århus universitet

”By participating in the Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab I hope to contribute with a small piece of knowledge on the challenge of reaching a Baltic Sea that is unaffected by hazardous substances from human activities. I also hope to be inspired, find new ways of thinking and to meet a new audience.”


Emilia Witkowska Nery

Forsker, Institute of Physical Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences