The Avanti! Chamber Orchestra will perform Simon Steen-Andersen’s cult-status multimedia work Black Box Music. The opening piece will be Clara Iannotta’s composition Limun. Danish-born Steen-Andersen and Iannotta, who is Italian, are among the most award-winning composers of their generation. Clara Iannotta, who started her career as a flautist, is interested in unusual sounds and playing techniques. Limun for violin, viola and two page-turners brought to Musica nova by Avanti is a good example of Iannotta’s original take on sound. According to the composer, the violin and viola in the piece are “like skaters in a concrete bowl”.
Musica nova’s 2021 resident composer Simon Steen-Andersen mixes instrumental music, electronics, videos, choreographic aspects, multimedia and installations in his works. In 2014, Black Box Music (2012), one of Steen-Andersen’s best-known works, was awarded the Nordic Music Council Prize. It features a video recording of hands that appear from behind a puppet theatre curtain to conduct a live orchestra of 15 musicians spread around the audience.
Clara Iannotta: Limun
Simon Steen-Andersen: Black Box Music
Black Box: Håkon Stene
Sound design: Simon Steen-Andersen
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Sponsors and partners: Ministry of Education and Culture, City of Helsinki, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Swedish Cultural Fund